Happy weekend everyone! I have a new collaborative post for you about motivation and your running mojo and how to keep on trucking…
Have you ever been running only to feel as though things are coming to a head? You’re perhaps nowhere near your route, and despite not feeling completely exhausted you certainly wish you could stop running. Most of us have these feelings, and it can be extremely easy to stop running when the urge comes from that direction. Of course, this needn’t be limited to exercise, it could also mean something for your self worth, but for now, exercise is the best metaphor to use.
Back to the run. When stopping, you likely knew that you could have gone a little more, and you feel bad about it. You come back from the gym or the run outdoors just a little ashamed in yourself, knowing that if you applied a little ‘I can do it’ energy and pushed through that faux-fatigue you would have made a good time. There is always tomorrow, of course, so denigrating yourself is not a good idea.
But how can we build that ‘I can do it’ urge in the first place, so it becomes much more reliable? Well, it really depends on how you talk to yourself. Let us apply some advice to this issue below. We only hope it can help:
Remember Your Reason Why
So, let us return to that prior example. You’re running in the park, and you’re about three quarters through your usual route. You know you can make it to the end, but it’s feeling a little rougher today for whatever reason. This is where taking a direct mental override of your urges to stop can be important.
Motivating yourself from then can help you move on and push forward. But how do you achieve this? Well, the most effective measure is to think about why you started that run in the first place. Are you hoping to reach a certain weight by the end of next month? Do you have an event coming up and a dress you really want to fit into? Are you simply doing it because for so long you told yourself you couldn’t? How about the fact that you want to prove to yourself that even when it gets tough, you can still move forward? Perhaps you’re even making the best of your life after losing a great friend, as you want to honour their memory by taking care of yourself as they asked to.
Remembering your reason why can help you overcome the issues that might otherwise tell you to stop. They are the deeper motivators within us that can cause to to achieve many wonderful things. For example, right now it might be that you are able to run two miles. You could like run six if it was a life-or-death matter for something you rarely cared about, although it might take every ounce of your wellbeing to do so. Tapping into that ‘extra’ inspiration can help you achieve your goal or even move forward a little more reliably, provided you always do this while prioritizing your health as necessary.
Have Tangible Goals
A goal to aim at can often be a saving grace when hoping to get past something difficult. We all face challenges, but often we know they are part of a journey. This is why training can be so much better than exercising, which is usually what a great personal trainer will tell you, and is another reason as to why exercise can be such a great metaphor for life.
Instead of just hoping to ‘get in shape’ while running, perhaps this year you want to attend the half-marathon in your city. That sounds like a lot of fun to you, and now, all of a sudden, you have an easier reason to get out of bed in the morning to hit the gym, and tangible results you need to aim for by a certain date. While training for said event, you will be getting fit and in shape as part of the process, which comes as a fantastic passive element of your exercising interest. We would recommend keeping this to heart, because when you have a goal to aim at, you’ll find nothing could stop you.
Well, Why Can’t You?
Sometimes, you might think ‘I can’t do it,’ as demonstrated in our intro. Well, why can’t you? Asking this question can help you rationalize your desire to stop and put it in the right framework? Are you tired? Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stop right now. Are you injured or strained? Then stopping needn’t make you feel like you have failed in any way. When you have an honest self-dialogue, you’re going to come to accurate ideals so much more quickly.
With this advice, we hope you can get the best out of yourself on a regular basis.