by: Brandon Richey–Get Free Updates And Training Guides Here
So the word of the day is motivation. What is it? How do you obtain it? Where the hell does it come from? Well, the fact is that motivation is a necessity not only for dominating the weight room with a HULK Smash-like intent, but it’s also just part of life in general. I’m going to dive into this topic a little deeper and if you are looking for a little inspiration to spike the meter then make sure you click on the read more tab below!
Motivation: Desire To Do; Interest or Drive.
As a strength coach I’m always looking for ways to inspire both myself, you (my readers), and my students. In terms of motivation… Well look it’s not easy to motivate others. As a matter of fact I don’t believe others can be motivated at all. What? Brandon what the hell are you talking about? Pump the brakes my young Jedi and give me a chance to explain. Let me start by telling you here…
And there you have it! Well that’s only part of the issue. The fact is that motivation is something that I believe has to come from within because motivation has to be a continuous thing. It can’t be some of the time, it has to be all of the time. Now as I pointed out in the video people are often shocked when I say that it’s not my job to motivate them. Once again I can make a training environment (or even a blog post) motivating, but it’s up to the individual to have the self drive and grit to go day in and day out and focus, to get to work, and to bust their ass in order to achieve whatever goal it is that they happen to be chasing.
Like I said earlier this isn’t only true in training, but it happens to be a big ole concrete fact about life from beginning to end! Now having said this let me clear the air on something. In the first paragraph I mentioned that I’m always looking for ways to inspire folks (particularly you). Now the key here is to NOT confuse inspiration with motivation. Inspiration really serves as the catalyst for motivation. Here’s the definition.
Inspiration: Stimulation Of The Mind Or Emotions To A High Level Influencing Feelings And Activity.
So now do you see the difference? The inspiration really only serves as the catalyst or the wonderful thing in the beginning. However the motivation comes everyday after that on a consistent and persistent basis. Like I said I’m always looking for ways to inspire and I think I’ve found one of the best stories that you guys and girls can possibly relate to right here in the video below. I’d be lying if I said this same person didn’t inspire yours truly just a bit as well. When you have time you’ve got to watch this in its entirety!!!
Now that is exactly what I’m talking about! You see Arnold was inspired by Reg Park, but the motivation and courage for him to continue his journey, despite the fact that there seemed to be a road block at every turn, came from within! I liked the line when he was talking to himself and said “Arnold Focus!” He had to keep driving himself forward to the point that he literally changed the dynamics of what was happening around him. He went from the point of where most everyone was more “against him” to actually inspiring them to help him and to get behind him! There’s that word again…Inspiration! 😉
Now that we know and understand the difference between motivation and inspiration it doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to be inspired. If that were true I wouldn’t have bothered writing this post! 😉 If you need a little help finding your inspiration and want a plan to help sustain your motivating purpose then make sure you get a copy of my Brandon Richey’s Better Than Steroids ebook right here:
What inspires you? Are you self driven? I can tell you my parents are more self driven than anyone I’ve ever met. That has been the biggest inspiration in my life. I would like to hear about yours and you can drop me line in the comment box below this article. Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend.
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Great article. Great perspective on internal drive and external inspiration!
Thank you Marla, 🙂 I like to try introduce whatever I can to inspire and motivation hopefully will happen as a result! Thanks for the comment.