Commitment Vs. Motivation

You know how it feels when you’re working hard towards your goals and you can feel yourself making progress? When everything seems to be aligning to help you, and putting the work towards your goals is nothing but pleasure? Where keeping your diet and training is exciting because you know it’s all helping you get where you want to be? It’s a great feeling.

It’s a great feeling that I’m not experiencing lately at all. I’m more in the “do I have time for this?” and “how much can it really hurt to eat that tootsie roll” and the “fuck, this is hard!” sort of mindset. Where it seems like everything in the world conflicts with dance training.

The fact that I’m still rebuilding my strength after my injury doesn’t help. Fitness is way harder to build from scratch than it is to maintain.

Everyone experiences periods where training, for lack of a better word, sucks. What separates people who are serious from casual athletes is commitment.

It is easy to train and keep your diet when you are motivated and when it is pleasurable. People who are motivated do great things- when they feel like it.

People who are committed do great things consistently. They show up to class when they feel sluggish. They keep pushing. When they are there, they focus on how to get their squats lower or their jumps higher or their splits squared instead of focusing on how they don’t want to be there.

Take motivation where you can get it. But if you are a serious athlete, be committed where motivation fails.

Inspired by Uberbeastmode.

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  1. Colin DeWaay

     /  October 15, 2013

    Hey thanks for the pingback and great information. You know I agree! 🙂 Hope you are bouncing back from your injury fast and feel back to your normal self soon. Don’t I know how much injuries suck!

    • It’s not just coming back that’s making it hard- but life is like that. Give it a few months and it will be back to committed and motivated. Glad you enjoyed the post!

      • Colin DeWaay

         /  October 15, 2013

        You got that right! Keep doing the work and it will come back, no doubt about it.

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