I’m sure you’ve realized this by now. You could be a lot better at internal martial arts than you are. But…
Something is holding you back. It’s not complicated. You know what it is:
You don’t practice enough.
Just like anything else you’re “supposed” to do, practicing is something you tell yourself you will do more of and never do.
The problem is, you really do want to see progress. You’re interested in gaining skill and going farther with your abilities. But when it comes time to choose between sitting at a computer or training hard (after a long day at work)…
So what’s the solution?
There are four steps to fixing this issue. I’ll cover the first in this post and fill you in on the rest later.
The first step is to find your “intrinsic motivation.”
Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from inside you. This is the good stuff. This is what drives you. This is what gets you off the chair and doing stuff.
What doesn’t get you off the chair and doing stuff (but helps you sit back down in the chair with some extra guilt) is called extrinsic motivation.
Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of you.
If you’ve ever said to yourself “I should train” or “I’m supposed to train,” that’s extrinsic motivation. It feels like someone outside of you is wagging their finger at you. If you’ve been running on extrinsic motivation, this is a great time to switch.
So how do you find your intrinsic motivation to train?
Here’s one way:
Come up with a short list (around five items) about why you want to train more. It can be things like health, the desire to be confident in defending yourself and loved ones, the satisfaction of developing yourself. Whatever you want. One important note…
They have to be your reasons.
Remember, if they aren’t your reasons for wanting to train more, you’re running on extrinsic motivation. Stay away from that stuff.
Once you’ve completed your list, put it somewhere you can see it regularly.
Remember, this is only the first step (discovering your intrinsic motivation.
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George O'Masta says
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