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I want my Olympic Rings tattoo and I’m earning it even if the training kills me
A more realistic look is probably Fedor, at least for my hairstyle lol.Yeah, go for the Yul Bynner look.
Dr Jason Curtis, Sports Phycologist
Dr Jason Curtis did an interesting presentation on Motivation at the 2012 Albuquerque Stength Clinic, ...
Winning The Challenge
The reserch was based on Define Fitness, a large local gym with multiple locations, annual weight loss contest that was in January each year that coinsides with New Year's Resolutions.
Body For Life
Defined Fitness' program was based on Bill Phillip's Body For Life Weight Loss Contest that he promoted in his Muscle Media 2000 Magaine back in the 1990s. Phillip's also wrote a book, Body For Life.
The beauty of the book is its simplicity.
Essentially, Curtis determined Motivation is to some extent part of someone's DNA. Some individual had a lot of Self Motivation, some a had a little and other just didn't have it.
The break down was...
1) Self Motivated Individual
These individuals, as you might expect, had the most success. They were relentless in achieving their objective.
Many of the individuals on the StrongFirst forum have this.
2) Quasi-Motivated Individual
These individual had enough Motivation to show up for their Personal Training Session or show up if they had a Training Partner that held them accountable and to push them.
One of the most interesting aspect of this group was success was determined to a greater degree when...
Bonding With The Presonal Trainer
Curtis research rotated Personal Trainers. Think of it like dating and finding someone you are compatable with and connect with.
Curtis determined that individual who connected with their Personal Trainer and/or Training Partner were more successful.
While this goup had success with their Weight Loss, they weren't as successful as the Self Motivated Group with relentless drive.
3) Non-Motivated Individual
These individuals didn't have sustainable Motivation.
They started exercise and diet programs. After a few week, they stop for various reasons.
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The Psychological Aspect of Relentless Motivation
The research by Dr Richard Wisemen in his book, The Luck Factor, supports Dr Jason Curtis.
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The Dateline story below (10 minutes) is the Cliff Notes on it.
The Success Rate of Lucky and UnLucky Individual
Wisemen found the Success Rate Percetage of those who considered themselves to be UnLucky and those who belived they were Luck were the same.
1) Lucky Individuals didn't give up.
They kept trying. They looked for ways and methods that would eventually get them to their destination
A great example is from a book by RJ Ringer on being behind in a race...
"I will eventually catch up to you.
I will try to pass you on the right, on the left, go under or go over you.
If I can't, that noise behind you is me breathing down your neck."
Ringer Take Home Message
Never give up or stop trying.
Alexander Graham Bell stated that when something didn't work, he did not view it as failure. He was simply eliminating what didn't work and moved closer to finding the answer to what would work.
As per Einstein, "Research is what I am doing, when I don't know what I am doing."
Another book on what determines Motivation and Success is...
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RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, 10 ninutes.
The Three Factors That Drive Motivation
Being consider an authority on something.
Being in control of your own destiny.
Knowing what you do matters.
a) Multiple Factors Dive It.
b) Some have have relentless drive, some a little and some don't.
2) Self Motivated Individual
This group is like a Train on the Track going full Speed.
The downside of these individuals often is having too much Motivation.
They can be overzealous, OverTraining at times.
With this group, you often have to "Rein them in".
Find someone that you can connect with that will hold you accountable, encourage you and push you; a Personal Trainer or Training Partner.
Have enough Motivation to show up and then draft off them. so to speak.
3) Non-Motivated Individuals
Some individuals are not Motivated enough stick with it.
This group for the most part cannot be Motivated.
With that said, at times a traumatic experience may prompt some Motivation in them to some degree.
"You Can Lead A Horse To Water..."
Trying to work with the Non-Motivated is the same as this saying goes.
Trying to help them is time wasted, if they aren't ready of willing.
Motivationonce we get on a path, motivation isn't so critical anymore because we've got the momentum,
Lol. I'm looking forward to dancing at great grandkids weddings. The math is the same.I’m 52. My kids are 17 and 20. My stated goal for years has been that I will attend their 70th birthday parties. This objective fuels me every single day.
So, how far into the 8 weeks is he?I asked them to choose 3 days of the week, they did, and I wrote a program giving them ridiculously simple things to do on each of those days for 8 weeks.
Lol, as predicted, "I'm gonna do it next week", "I just gotta find the time".So, how far into the 8 weeks is he?
I was the kid behind you in line, trying to duck out of the pullup bar embarassment.When I was a kid, I got bullied for logging the poorest numbers in fitness tests like pushups (0), pullups (0), situps (under 10). That didn't motivate me - just made me feel that some people are born strong/fit and others aren't... and ain't a damn thing I could do about it.
Junior high/middle school years also sucked because coaches would yell at me for being weak, give me a C in PE, but not give me anything useful to help me get out of being weak. Not even a basic progressive overload training program. I didn't know at the time that some grade school PE coaches were not there out of a love of helping kids get fit.
So by the time I was in college I had some vague notion that getting strong was desirable. Maybe I wasn't born to be as athletic as Michael Jordan, but maybe "strength training" was not all BS. So that was my original motivation to start exercising. I eventually achieved my first pullup, worked up to doing 50 pushups in one set, etc.
Somewhere along the way, exercise turned into a habit. So now I don't even think about my workout any more than I think about brushing my teeth - it's all just part of my lifestyle now.