Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

Don’t just be motivated – have desire

Last week I signed up for a for the Connemara Ultra-Marathon. Not something I sign up for every week especially when the furthest I have run is a 10k race!

This is something I wanted to do, not just run an ultra-marathon, but to skip a half marathon and full marathon in the process.

Without sounding cocky I know myself that with some training I could complete both a half or full marathon without posting any great times but I thought why not do an event that I feel will push me more both mentally and physically.

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It’s something that I’m not only motivated to do but also have a desire to train for and complete while trying to run a business and carry out my day to day duties.

Desire over motivation was something I came across while out running the roads last week.

Running for long distances is a perfect opportunity to get caught up on some audiobooks and my latest book is David Goggins ‘Can’t Hurt Me’. I have followed this man on social media and listened to his story on a few podcasts. He has been through it all from a very troubled childhood, people putting him down for the colour of his skin. He was told he would never make it as a navy seal and even when he did become one, still didn’t get the respect.

This brief summary doesn’t even come close to giving you an insight into what this man has come through. He said that he never relied on motivation to get him where he is today but it was more a desire or obsession to make something of his life.

An example he used was when you are motivated to train for a 10K or ultra-marathon. At the start it’s easy but when you open the door some day and the wind is howling, raining, even snowing chances are if you’re just motivated you will close the door and go back to the comfort of your living room. If you have a desire to reach your goal the chances are you might close the door only to put on some warmer clothing before you set off on your run.

It’s motivation that packs the gyms in January, has people out running the roads, learning to play an instrument or learning a new language. But how long will this last if you don’t have the desire to push on when you hit your first bump in the road or your motivation levels start to drop?

Chances are you will become part of the February fallers group, as we like to call it. These are the people who have used only motivation to get them excited and determined to smash a new goal. Slowly the motivation drops and they can’t stick to their unrealistic motivated driven routine. They miss one morning gym session or skip the evening boxercise class because they use the kids as an excuse and before you know it they are back at their old unmotivated habits. Maybe it’s because they don’t enjoy working out, running the roads or find it too hard. This is where your desire comes into play.

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Desire is described as a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. I would fall into the wanting to have something category.

If you really desire something bad enough then you must be willing to go out of your comfort zone to get it. From looking good on your holidays to making a positive change in your life you will have to do things that you don’t like or find that don’t come easy to you.

You may hate the gym or working out in any way but if you want to change how you look you have to get on with it. No magical piece of equipment, online programme or fancy nutritional supplement is going to do it for you. You have to get up, go out in the cold, set the alarm or even take the kids along with you to get what you truly want.

If you start with a desire to reach your health and fitness goals then the same process can be used for your career, relationship and life goals. More work and more sacrifice bring more rewards.
If you feel that motivation is the only thing keeping you going at the minute, please stop and reflect. What is it you really want? What do you desire from your health and fitness?

Write it down, stick it somewhere you will see it everyday to remind you this is why you’re putting yourself through all this. If you feel you can’t do it on your own tell a friend or family member to help make you accountable, but don’t rely on them for support all the time.

Find the strength, will and desire within yourself to go out and smash your goal.

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