I often wonder why some individuals are highly motivated and constantly strive for success, while others seem to lack motivation, avoiding evaluation and competition.
Motivation is defined as the direction and intensity of one's effort. The direction of effort refers to whether an individual seeks out, approaches, or is attracted to certain situations. Intensity of effort refers to how much effort a person exerts for any given situation. For most people, direction and intensity of effort are positively correlated.
If an individual wants to achieve their desired levels of fitness, they may need to get 'more motivated'. As a Personal Trainer I help individuals in this pursuit by setting goals and helping them work harder toward achieving those goals. My belief is that motivation results from an interaction between personality traits, needs, interests and situational factors such as coaching style and environment.
Long-term goals are important but short-term goals are crucial to performance improvement. The key to improving health and fitness is to develop a progression of short-term goals that lead to a long-term objective.
Monday mornings can be a mixed bag. We may feel highly motivated at the start of the week or we may feel lethargic and unenthused. Think about those short-term goals. What do you want to achieve in the next seven days? How good will you feel by the end of the week if you've had some good quality workouts? How will a productive week of training progress you towards that ultimate goal?
I often remind my circuit training class on a Monday night what a great start they've made to their week. Clients seen on a Monday end their session feeling really positive about the week ahead. A Monday workout is the most important workout of the week. Make it a good one.