The Truth About Fitness MotivationYou can hire the world’s most bad ass personal trainer to design a workout routine for you.
You can have Bobby Flay cook you gourmet, healthy meals 7 days per week.
You can have bikini models sit on your lap and feed you…(while Bobby Flay sits in the corner and watches you while he eats a sandwich).
But none of this matters.
Actually thinking about it now, the third point would help a lot.
But none of this matters if you lack the motivation and discipline to follow through with whatever plan you’re on.
That’s why billions of dollars are dropped every year on fitness related products but 99% of people are still in absolute shit shape.
It’s not the “tools” that are the problem, it’s you (and your fucked up mind).
You lack the motivation.
You lack the inspiration.
You lack the discipline.
You lack the ability to take control of your life because there’s never anything truly at risk.
Oh you watched a Youtube video and now you’re motivated? That’s cute
Want to feel motivated right now?
Go to Youtube and type in “motivational videos.”
There are thousands of motivational videos out there with movie quotes ad random dudes working out.
And there’s about 127 videos with the same audio from that Rocky Balboa speech being overlaid on completely irrelevant video clips.
Go right now.
Get motivated for 5-10 minutes and come back here.
We all good?
Alright, I bet you’re feeling pumped…all ready to take on the world and shit, huh?
I bet you now feel like you’re finally going to hit the gym every day, clean up your diet, and build that body you’ve always dreamed of.
Now check back with me in 2 weeks.
[2 weeks later…]
Woah what’s that?
You gave up?
It was too hard?
You had no time?
Yeah I don’t hear anything either because that’s the sound of no one giving a shit about you and your excuses.
You see, the truth about motivational is that motivation is cheap.
There’s an endless supply of it.
We have motivational Youtube videos, inspirational Instagram quote pics, and an endless amount of blog posts on motivation (this one included).
There’s no real value to motivation.
It’s like a spark that never starts an actual fire.
“Gun to your head” motivation
See what Denzel Washington did to that dude?
He blew his brains the fuck out, all because he didn’t hold up his end of the deal.
You need to find your Denzel.
Not someone to literally someone to shoot you in the head if you don’t reach your goal (that wouldn’t be very smart).
But a method that truly motivates you to take action.
And if you don’t take action, you suffer the consequences.
I’m not one to use extreme violence as a form of motivation, so let’s go to the next best thing – cold hard cash.
Using money to motivate you to take action
Whatif someone said you need to lose 5 pounds this month or $1000 would be extracted from your bank account?
How much more likely would you reach your goals?
For most people the answer is a fuck load more likely.
That’s why I love using bets to increase motivation and form new habits.
The following are a couple services you can use to make bets with yourselves or others:
Personally I’ve only used Stickk and it works like this:
- State your goal and date you want to achieve the goal by.
- Set the amount of money you want to put on the line.
- Set the destination that the money gets sent to if you don’t hit your goals (this can be a person you choose or a charity)
- Now you’re probably wondering, who validates whether you legitimately hit a goal or not? Yeah that’s the only slight problem with these services. It’s all validated via an honor system (your word) or someone you ask to validate for you. So you need to be honest here. Don’t ask a weak-minded friend to validate whether you hit a goal or not. Pick someone who will show zero mercy if you fail to reach your goals.
The #1 biggest mistake people make when betting money
Not betting enough.
Seriously, don’t bet $20-100.
Sure that might sound like a decent amount at the time but in the grand scheme of things it’s really pussy money.
And if at some point you know that you’re not going to reach your goal, you’re just going to wipe it off as “Eh, it’s only $100.”
Put something big on the line.
Something that will really really sting.
So choose an amount that will really piss you off if you lose it.
Obviously don’t bet an amount that will financially ruin you.
I recently placed a business related bet with myself where $10k is at stake.
That hurts me. I don’t want to lose it but at the same time, it’s not going to destroy my life.
So what are you waiting for?
Put some money on the line and take action.
You’ll be surprised by what you’ll actually be able to do.
And if you need a good workout/diet plan to do, I heard Superhero Shredding 2.0 is pretty damn good.
Just saying 🙂