What inspires you?
According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, inspiration is defined as:
-a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation
-the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions
If you’re anything like me, what inspires you has changed over the years.
It’s a good idea to ask ourselves this question regularly. What made you tick last year might not have the same power now.
Who are you training for?
Are you in the gym because you want to look better and impress someone?
Maybe you just want to look better in the mirror.
Or maybe you lost a family member to early death due to poor health, and now you’re inspired to live a healthier lifestyle.
How about the external motivation of wanting to prove others wrong?
There are so many different reasons we train.
It could be you know that health and fitness is important and you are training for that simple reason.
There is no wrong answer here.
What really intrigues me is this idea of inspiration. BEYOND motivation.
As I’ve spoke about before, motivation comes and goes and can’t be relied on.
Discipline and habits are what you need to rely on. They will get you through the hard days when you would rather lay on the couch than train…
A higher calling?
In the definition of inspiration above, there is a strong spiritual element.
Being inspired comes from somewhere beyond our conscious minds..
For me this equates to those goals and desires that seem to come out of nowhere and make no sense..
The goal could be anything from a desire to run a marathon to a sudden passion for weightlifting to a newfound love for an old exercise or program you once tried.
These “callings” mean something and we should listen to them.
For me, it’s all about becoming a beast with bodyweight training and being able to run a long distance on any terrain, at any time, in any weather and to compete in obstacle course races..
How about you?
What are your goals right now?
Have you acknowledged them?
Maybe you are chasing some goals that you thought sounded cool but when you go deeper into your true self, you want to chase different physical challenges…
Get quiet and go within
Once again, we need to find some quiet time in our day.
Every day we should be allowing ourselves to sit in silence or walk in the woods..shut off the world and go within..
Listen to what our deepest self is telling us..
What do we really want out of our training and our lives?
Once you know, don’t waste any time. Get started pursuing those “callings”.
There is no guarantee that we will have a chance to pursue it in another year.. DO IT NOW!
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