Over the past five months I’ve been down in the dumps pretty regularly. Losing my Dad to his battle with cancer has been pretty tough. It’s little things that I see or experience that remind me of him. Whether it be for the battle and strength he showed us, or just that I miss the hell out of him. I know i’m not the only one who feels down in the dumps at times. It really makes me feel un-motivated to do things and to stay on track with my goals. It’s like hitting a brick wall while driving 80mph.
In relation to my health and fitness goals, when I’m down and in the dumps, it makes me extremely un-motivated and unwilling to put in the effort to stay on course. I usually would turn to music to change my mood. However, in the past couple of months, I have found that listening to motivational speakers, mashed up with music during my workouts has really changed my attitude. It’s like having my own strength and conditioning coach in the background motivating me to go a little harder, a little further, a little heavier in every set and rep. Maybe it’s just relieving for me because that is the role that I take on daily in my career.
I have listened to many different speakers, but the one that I regularly go to is Eric Thomas. If you are a frequent YouTube visitor you may have seen or heard him speaking in many “weight room motivational videos”. He is most famous for his coined phrase “You have to want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe.” Eric has some great speeches on his YouTube channel and has recently put out a book. Give him a listen to when you have some time.
Anyways, I just wanted to share with you the things that are working for me and helping me to keep progressing.
Cheers, Coach T