Staying Motivated - Fight for It

This is Ron, Lone Star Barbell Club. I wanted to come to you real quick this afternoon and talk a little bit about commitment, a little about longevity, and getting into and staying into a fitness lifestyle or routine that enables you to reach the goals that may seem so elusive to you. And I get asked a lot, how do you stay so committed to it? How do you do this? Been doing it for... well, since I was 12, I'm now 52, so most of my life... and it sometimes is a hard question for me to answer because I've never had to deal with feelings of wanting to quit or having trouble staying committed to training or any of those things... it just was in my blood from the time I was a kid.

So it is something that I've had to learn so I can help other people deal with it. And I know a lot of people would say, you need to have someone to be accountable to, and I am a strong believer in accountability. If you're training at a place like Lone Star Barbell Club, where you're paying good money for someone like myself to train you and to do the programming for you, to help you with nutrition and all those things, that is obviously a motivation to keep coming and not quit... when your bank account is a part of it. Another way is to have a person, a friend, a loved one, someone that's in there with you, that's committed through making changes as well that you can be accountable to, all those things are good and they're all necessary.

But I think in my own perspective, and from my way of thinking, the number one way, really, the only way that's going to ever last, is you have to be committed to yourself. You have to make the commitment for yourself to yourself, because even with those other obligations, there are those other accountability sources there. There are going to be times when you just don't want to do it, and if you allow yourself an escape plan, if you allow yourself the option to not do it, you're going to take that option at some point. So I believe that the number one way, the only way to make this a part of your life, to make it a lifestyle that is just what you do and not have those moments of questioning and those moments of intermittent times when you don't show up, you don't train, you don't lift, you don't eat right, and you can get on that roller coaster... that yo-yo up and down, in-shape, out-of-shape... those can be very frustrating for people to deal with.

The only way to avoid that is you have to make the decision that you're accountable to you and nobody else, whether it's me as your coach, or as a friend, a training partner, that yes, you are respectful of those commitments... but the number one commitment is to you. And when you make it part of yourself, then there's really no chance of you making one day turn into two days turn into three days turn into a month and you've been out of the gym and you have to start all over again. And those are the things that can make people really frustrated and eventually just give up and leave it all together.

And that's the one thing I'm trying to help you avoid doing. There are so many benefits. We could go over hours of the benefits of being in the gym, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. It's a very strong part of my life. It's a very strong, can be a very strong part of your life, and it can transfer into every other part of your life... but you'll never understand that, you'll never enjoy the benefits of that, if you don't first and foremost, commit to yourself and commit to doing this for you and for nobody else... not for your coach, not for your family, not for your training partner, not your diet buddy... whoever it may be. First and foremost is you have to make that decision that this is what I'm going to do, and regardless of who comes with me or who doesn't come with me, that you're going to stay in it, and you're going to do it, and you're not going to give up. All right? That's one of our big things here.

That's what that fist or that beautiful barbed wire circle around it stands for, for us. If you're going to fight, you're going to fight for it. You're never going to quit. You're not going to give up regardless of ups, downs... if weeks, months go by and you don't seem like you're getting where you need to be, you make adjustments, you evaluate, you change what needs to be changed... but the idea of stopping, quitting, giving up, or moving on to doing something else is never an option. So I hope you guys got something out of that today. Commit to yourself, commit to doing this for yourself first and foremost... and then it makes you a better training partner. It makes you a better motivation and a better client, a better member of a team, whatever your situation may be. If you'll commit to yourself, you'll be an asset to everyone around you as well. I hope you guys all have a great day, and keep training, and we'll see you next time.

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