Countless of blogs gives tips on how to increase motivation. Perhaps many of us have had the motivation before, but then lost it due to external factors. I myself have experienced the exactly same thing as described above. So how did I regain my motivation?
IT all started back in 2015, where I was doing a study abroad program in Malaysia. I knew it was important for me to create a daily routine as soon as I moved there. Luckily, I was travelling with good friends, who also wanted to exercise.
The next four months went very well. I was able to experience the country and at the same time beat personal records in our local gym! Of course, I could not to the local gym every day, as we also wanted to travel around the country – which we usually did in the weekends. However, research has shown that missing just a daily routine does not have an impact on one’s motivation in the long run.
Back At the Beginning – Or What?
The reasons why I am writing this entry must be found in the following months. During my study abroad in Malaysia, I started to have a backache. This was not the first time I had problems with my back. Before I travelled to Malaysia, I followed a longer recovery progress, which actually reduced my back pain for several months. However, this time it was worse than ever. I went to a Malaysian physiotherapist, who recommended me not to work out or run in the next two to three months. I was only allowed to do stretching exercises.
Two months after the distressing news, I travelled back to Denmark. I was done with my study abroad in Malaysia, which indeed was a fantastic experience. Nonetheless, I hoped my return to Denmark would whet my appetite to be greater than ever!
To get back on track immediately, I started running. I think running is the best kind of exercise. However, I still had a backache and could not run as fast as I wanted to. I felt I had to start all over again.
What I Should have Done, Now When I Look Back In the Mirror
My backache ended up keeping me away from sports in a total of five months! I think that I could have started working out after three months. However, my motivation was gone and it took me over two months to get it back. Motivation is like a muscle. It gets fatigued if you do not use it for a longer period of time.
I believe now when I look back, I should probably have done some things different. First of all, I should have been breaking my habits into chunks. Five kilometres run might have been too much – but what about two kilometres one day and then three the next? Nor either was I patient enough. I should have kept a pace I could sustain. Because I wanted to be the old me so fast, I got knocked out every time I was working out – because I knew that I was greater, stronger and faster once.
I guess what I have been trying to say throughout this blog post is …
You may have had the motivation before. But if you lose it, do not rush yourself to get back on track. Motivation is needed but so is patience! Stop comparing yourself with what you once were. Compare yourself with what you are now. In that way, you will improve yourself every day.
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