What truly motivates people to get up early and workout? Think about this for a second. Getting up out of bed well before you really need to, putting on smelly gym clothes before you have any coffee, hopping in the car and getting to the gym is not for the feint of heart. It takes a strong level of commitment. So what is it that drives people to do this?
The answer is simple. They have a strong self-image that motivates them. The early morning gym goer can visualize what they want to look like and understand what it takes to get there. They also believe wholeheartedly that this image is attainable. Every weight they press, every mile on the treadmill is a step closer to the self-image they have in their mind. These people think of themselves as being strong and fit and they want to stay that way. In their minds they want to be a super-person and not an average Joe.
So for those that find it hard to get to the gym take a second and begin to visualize what a leaner, stronger, and fit version of yourself looks like. Let this image takeover and replace the flabby image of the person you see in the mirror. This is the first, most crucial step to transforming your life. You are truly capable of being a superstar.
Here is a crazy idea: Try to encapsulate your journey to greatness in a personal logo or icon. When you see your flabby self in the mirror you may lose motivation but when you see this icon it will inspire you to press onwards. This will become your new banner. I am not a huge fan of the Oakland Raiders football team but their logo is bad ass. Why not adopt this image of the bad ass Raider as your personal emblem? Label yourself a Raider and go kick some ass of your own in the gym!
It just dawned on me to come up with a new logo for my own personal effort (the Raiders have not been doing that well lately…) I will get back to you with what I end up with!
For more tips and tricks read: The Diet for a Busy Life by Phillip Gerard.