During this blog, I want to talk more on the deeper parts of motivation and less about the little x’s and o’s of fitness. I recently had some conversations with people that really opened my eyes. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how incredibly important this topic is. It’s nothing new or revolutionary but this week it truly hit me.
Have you ever heard of Eric Thomas? He is a motivation speaker and someone I highly suggest you listen to if you haven’t already. His most famous speech is on the topic of success. His famous line is “if you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”
Through various conversations this week, it struck me that there is something missing with the fitness industry. In my opinion, we do a great job on the short-term. We give people stats, numbers, ratios, programs, and some structure. However, we fail to look at the bigger picture. We fail to see what really matters.
The reason why a lot of people don’t make progress in their fitness journey is because they are not at their breaking point. They go into their program half-heartedly and put the responsibility on other people to achieve their results. They place way too much energy into factors beyond their control and not enough into their own circle of influence.
When you are underwater and losing oxygen, all you can think about is getting air. You do anything necessary to get to the surface because it’s the top priority in your life at that moment. In regards to wellness, you can have the best program in the world but if you aren’t at that “oxygen deprived” state, it doesn’t mean much. This is especially true in the fitness arena because it does take so much consistency and perseverance. No, it shouldn’t be miserable but it does require effort. I don't believe in selling you quick results or fat loss hacks. This takes effort but that is exactly why it transforms your body and life.
I have seen the power of this state in my own personal life as well as the lives of others around me. From what I have witnessed, the people that see the most improvements view fitness through a different lens. I’m not advocating that you make fitness control your whole life but I have noticed that successful people have that balance of contentment and hunger. They want to improve more than they want to stay the same. They want to chase their potential more than they want to be comfortable.
For the people that are truly serious about making progress, the “oxygen deprived state” should be the first thing on your agenda. Don’t worry about finding the perfect plan or program. Develop the right mindset, surround yourself with people that build you up, and embrace a new perspective. Once you are in the “oxygen deprived state” you will be able to embrace wellness factors with a different confidence and intention. Your best is yet to come!