What keeps you moving? What drives you to be consistent with nutrition, or your training schedule? Is it inspiration or is it motivation?
Social media is the home for inspiration. If you do a simple search for “fitspo” on Instagram or Tumblr you’ll be bombarded with mostly naked photos of both genders and plates of food. Both kinds of photos are over composed and are probably the best of 10 shots taken. These photos distort our reality of what we and our food should look like. “Fitspo” isn’t the whole truth.
I think inspiration is nice to look at, it’s nice to hear, it makes us say “Wow.” But more often than not inspiration leaves us wanting. We compare ourselves and our experiences to something that is only a partial truth, and we pale in comparison.
Motivation on the other hand is something that you find within yourself. It is something you have a personal connection with. Motivation is what keeps your nutrition on track, and it’s what makes you pick up the bar one more time when everything else is telling you it’s too heavy. Motivation is your fuel for change.
Moreover, I think the origin of motivation is change.
Many people hate change, they avoid it. Change is hard. It makes us uncomfortable. But when it’s for the better we’re always glad we did it. Making small but measurable changes keeps us going. We can see our own progress, or as a coach you see the progress you’re helping someone else make. Change begets more change. We see a little bit, we want a little bit more. You squeeze out one more rep, sprint one more interval, or say no to snacks your co-worker brought in. You do it because you’ve seen what your capable of and if you can do that then what more can you do?
Inspiration might get you started but the motivation to keep going comes from the change you experience.
what keeps you moving? What drives you to be consistent with nutrition, or your training schedule? Is it inspiration or is it motivation?
Now go move better.