Different Types of Motivation – guest blog by Coach Andy Ewington




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Well it’s just about that time of year again. You can pretty much turn social media off after NYE for about 2-3 days. All it is going to be filled with is people’s hype about how this year is the year, everything will be different this time. But it won’t. Not in the majority of cases anyway. Globo gyms make a killing off this phase (I have spoken with PT’s who have said there are 3-4000 memberships sold where the person NEVER turns up during this time) and they do it because they don’t actually care. If someone really wanted to make a change, they wouldn’t wait until a specific date to do it. They would wake up in the morning and make the changes necessary to do it. That’s what someone who really wants something does.


Please read on as gaining an understanding as to what your motivation is can make all the difference. This is not supposed to put anyone down for trying to make change, it’s actually to try explain why they might always seem to fail.

It comes down to what you really want, how to figure it out and how to actually make changes accordingly.



Different Types of Motivation


Motivation is a common feeling that people search for to make what they’re doing easier to maintain or more enjoyable. Most people are searching in the wrong place for it. If you are finding something incredibly difficult to keep doing, maybe it isn’t really that important to you. Maybe it’s not what you want to be doing or actually be working towards.


This topic could go off on many tangents and create a lot of discussion about other areas of life but I will try keep it focused on training within the gym. I see many different types of motivation within the gym but there is one common thing with all successful outcomes; the motivation comes from working towards a goal that aligns with a person’s true values, an internal drive that allows someone to be more fulfilled when they achieve that goal. Too many people are working out for the wrong reasons then feel bad for not being able to stick with it. It’s not that they’re lazy, they just don’t really care about the reason they are training. If it meant more to them, they would stick with it.

Let’s look at the most common goal of ‘I want to lose weight, tone up…’ This is generally driven from a social source. Magazines, TV, friends, family, all of these being external forces. Regardless of whether someone starts seeing some results, if they don’t really care about their body shape, it’s not overly important to them, they will drop off. The main thing to understand is that you have to be training for a reason that lines up with what you value most. It doesn’t matter if you value family, work, appearance or energy more than another (this also does not mean you don’t care about other things) if your training goals align with these values than motivation is not an issue. As a coach I had it explained to me that perhaps motivation is the wrong word. People shouldn’t be looking for motivation, and coaches shouldn’t be trying to motivate. That will only work for so long. A more correct term, perhaps, is inspire. Coaches should be looking to inspire people, and clients should be looking for inspiration.

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A great exercise is a simple worksheet to discover what it is you hold as your highest value. A lot of people don’t like this because they are scared of what might be revealed. But as I said the results don’t mean you don’t care about other things, this might just shed light on what’s currently very important to you. If you are struggling to be inspired then maybe this could help. You can either do this and keep it private or if you would like to discuss your values and see how your training can line up to improve them, they’re a great thing to share with your current trainer.

If you don’t currently work with someone, I would be happy to have a talk. The more your coach, or myself, understands what you value, the better either of us can offer help. True fulfilment will come from working towards and achieving goals you truly want to achieve.

If you hear anyone over the festive season talking about the above, that they’re going to start going to the gym 4 times per week and preparing all their food and not drinking, feel free to give them my email. The reason is I would like to speak to them to help them identify what might be driving these thoughts, and whether they are setting themselves up for failure or success. I am not worried if they have no interest in joining CrossFit, but I am interested in people not wasting their money, creating feelings of guilt around training and perhaps feeling like failures because they don’t achieve these goals (that they most likely never wanted to achieve!)

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The biggest reason I see anyone failing to achieve their goals, is that they were never their goals.

It wasn’t important enough to them to actually work hard for. So to avoid this, figure out what it is you will work hard for and put a plan together to achieve it.







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