It’s what most people look as they roll out of bed on a Monday morning and wipe the crust out of their eyes upon waking.
Whether we are heading to the gym at 5am or going to work at 7am, it’s not because we are always motivated, but instead because we made a commitment to our job or a commitment to transforming our health.
“There’s no abiding success without commitment.” – Tony Robbins
We live in a world where people are in a constant search for motivation and often times, to their surprise, never find it.
Is motivation the answer to their problems or is this only part of the equation?
Motivation is nothing, without a commitment.
A commitment is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity.
A commitment makes achieving your goals, that much easier.
The “want” is motivation, the “get” is commitment.
After all a goal is a desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development.
Your motivation is a physiological feature that arouses an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal-directed behaviors
In my world, you make the commitment, set the goal, search for that inner drive, your motivation, to reach that goal in a time sensitive manner or deadline, but always remain committed to the cause.
This goes a long way in fitness. Every time someone sets a goal before making the commitment to changing their behaviors, they are setting themselves up for failure.
Think of it this way.
Do you set a goal to eat healthy or do you make a commitment to eating healthy?
The goal is to lose 20 pounds, but this doesn’t happen without a commitment.
Your motivation may be that summer beach vacation or wedding that is only 3 months down the road.
You don’t achieve that goal, without remaining committed to the lifestyle change and motivated for that vacation or wedding.
Success does not come without your commitment.
When I asked my fiance’ Lindsay to marry me, I wasn’t making a goal to be faithful. I made a commitment to her for the rest of my life.
There’s a big difference.
When it comes to fat loss, building muscle, gaining strength, you may have a goal in mind, but you need to make the commitment first.
The muscle building motivation may be big biceps and more attention from girls, they commitment is training your ass off five days a week and eating like a champion competitive eater while setting a goal of 20 pounds of muscle in 6 months or by your next birthday.
This goes the same, no matter the driving force behind that commitment.
If you are overweight and looking to lose 20 pounds then make a commitment to changing your nutrition, eating more protein, watching carbohydrate levels, drinking more water and strength training at least 3 times a week.
Now set goals that will help you with each component I mentioned and more.
The motivation can come in all different shapes and sizes. It might be looking great on a wedding day, getting back into those old pants, an upcoming vacation or the motivation provided by a hired professional who constantly reminds you about that wedding day, vacation, etc.
If you are a skinny guy who wants to build 20 pounds of muscle over the next 6 months then start eating more lean proteins, more quality complex carbohydrates, focus on the compound movements and start following Jason Ferruggia.
Now set your goals based around the markers that will get you bigger.
The motivation might be that girl who never recognizes you during your family beach vacations, making that varsity football team next year or you just want 18” biceps!
If you are someone who wants to minimize your low back pain make a commitment to improving your quality of life by increasing movement by placing a greater emphasis on mobility, flexibility, greater core strength and start following MobilityWod.
Now set your goals to address each of these factors.
The motivation is waking up every morning and not having to gingerly roll out of bed, or being able to pick something up off the ground without having to worry about your low back every again.
The 3-Step Process
1. Make the commitment.
2. Set a goal(s) with a deadline.
3. Find the motivation and keep that motivation at the forefront.
“Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.” – Bill Cosby
Now, I ask you again.
Are you committed?
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