It can be argued that, in the year 2018, motivating ourselves to realise our goals is harder than ever before because we live in a world of instant gratification. If we want to communicate with someone we don’t have to wait while we write a letter or use our house phone or a phone box, we use our mobile phone and can talk, video link, text, email or use social media instantly. If we’re hungry we don’t have to wait to eat, we go to a fast food restaurant and get our meal instantly – we can even have it delivered within 15 minutes! If we want to buy something we can order online that night and it can be delivered to our door the next day.
It’s not until you start to think about these things that you realise how accustomed we our to get what we want when we want it. The problem is, when it comes to our learning or training goals, our bodies don’t provide the same convenience. I’ve posted on this subject before in Want to learn to ride better? You’re only 20 hours away! but it’s easy to become demotivated when striving for our goals because progress takes time.
In the below link you’ll hear words of encouragement from Steve Atlas (from his YouTube channel The Body Practice) on the need to stick to what you know is right, when training over long periods, because if you become distracted, you lose the chance to realise your potential and be the best you can be.
Achieving your goals and realising your potential takes time and commitment. You’ll need a clear plan of where you’re going and how you going to get there. What Steve tells us here is that, once you’ve got your plan, get your head down and graft.
If you’re going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.