Sunday, January 20, 2013

What Belief And MLK Day Has In Common

In a lot of ways Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired a lot of what we do at All Out Effort. I know it's strange to say a civil rights activist has anything to do with personal training or fitness and some may find it even insulting.

Maybe it's because I myself am a minority, or that so much of what we do is about changing our mindset. For many, myself included, the only way to overcome some of the obstacles in our life is to change how we perceive the world. Change what we think really comes first.

I got an email from a regular reader, I will keep her anonymous but she's written now a few times in her struggles to quit smoking, put her health and herself first, and find the motivation to start something and stick with it. A lot of you will be able to relate to this.

This was my response:
As much as I'd like to tell you I'm a magician, I don't have any answers for you. And if I did it would be temporary.

I tell all of our clients not to rely on motivation or enthusiasm as that's fleeting and you will start to ask yourself why you started in the first place, and you won't remember.

Let me leave you with this thought, tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr Day. There were many other civil rights leaders during his time, but he was the one who was able to gather everyone. He didn't try to motivate people, he didn't necessarily tell you what he wanted to do or what his plans were. He told you he had a dream, and he told you what he believed in. 
Every person needs to ask themselves why this is important, what do I believe this will do for me, why will this improve my life? If you base it on emotional response, or how you feel currently, it will be like any other religious leader making people feel fired up for a day or a weekend retreat. To make it last, you have to figure out what you believe, how finding health will positively affect every aspect of your life. 
Does an athlete, musician, writer, artist, or world changer practice every day because he is motivated, loves it, or finds it fun? Or does he do it because he believes it will somehow improve his life and the lives of those around in every measurable way? That it will make them happier for it...
Hope this somehow helps. 
Coach Sam
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