This post is crucial.  Read and devour it. 

I believe that the topic of Motivation is a very important one if we are concetrating on our ab workout quest, or really ANYTHING for that matter.  If we are ever going to re-shape our bodies, change a habit, or climb a mountain, we are going to have to find a powerful motivator.  The “carrot” before us needs to be huge!

Imagine that we are stationary like a boulder on a hillside.  We want to roll the boulder to the bottom of the hill.  We are going to have to start the with more force and energy to get the boulder in motion, but once it starts to roll it will be easier to keep it moving.  We need to have a vision of where we want it to be and the drive to keep it in motion.

In our case of finding motivation for physical fitness, the motivation needs to be great and long lasting.  Not only do we want to be fit, we want to be this way the rest of our lives.  Bill Phillips in his book, Body For Life, talks about how the importance of the title Body for Life gives a different impression than Body for 3 Months!  The first time I read that I realized where my priorities need to be – in the “now” and for the long haul.  I needed to get the boulder in motion and not let it rest on the hillside.

I want to share a little about what motivates me.  I think many of you can relate, and if you’ve never really thought about it before maybe this will help you light the fire of motivation for yourself.

For me, the item at the top of the hill that I wanted to change was and is my body’s natural tendency to put on weight and be un-fit.  (I mean, what should I expect it to do if I like Ding Dongs, pizza and Coke as my main sources or nutrition?! 🙂  I started to imagine what the bottom of the hill looked like.  I tried to invision what my body would look like when I had six pack abs. 

But why would I want to change?  What was my motivation?…

I have two kids.  I love them like I never thought I could love anyone.  I want to share many of life’s wonderful experiences with them.  I don’t want to leave them fatherless at a young age.  I want to be around to be a grandfather, and a great grandfather.  I realized that eating junk food and having a sedentary lifestyle was not helping me live a healthier, longer life.

Death and disease has been a constant companion in my life.  My paternal grandfather died at the age of 49 from a heart attack.  My maternal grandfather died at 33 from an assumed heart attack.  My best friend died at 51 from a heart attack.  My cousin died at 42 from cancer.  My mother’s stepfather died at 49 from cancer.  I have had pneumonia and a series of strokes that have affected both of my optic nerves (my vision isn’t what it used to be).  These are things someone my age (at the time of the incidents, I was in my mid to late thirties) should not be suffering from.

When I add the two previous paragraphs together, it is a powerful motivator for me.  Fear – not an overpowering “I’m afraid of the big bad wolf” type of fear, but the fear of losing out.  I believe this is healthy and very motivating for people.

But I also want to feel good.  I don’t want my back to ache.  I don’t want the extra weight on my knees and other joints.  I want energy and mental clarity.

Is this motivation enough to help me to push through my , chest, arms, back, legs, and ab workout?  You bet!  Cardio?  Uh huh!

Now it’s your turn.  What motivates you?  Write it down.  Make it powerful.  Get the boulder rolling.

To your Health and Success!