How do I stay motivated? What motivates me?
The answer is very simple: I motivate myself.
Since I am always running: when I am happy, when I am sad, when tired, when I feel energetic, in case I want company, if I want to be alone, in the morning, in the evening, come rain or shine. I only don’t run, when I have an injury. Then I am motivated by the longing for running, to be healed, and I am instead running in my head.
Motivation is something that is a short lived target, for example: I would like to run my half marathon personal best next autumn. A target, where the road travelled, is not always an easy task, however we are reasonably motivated to be able to reach it. We always have to find motivation, to keep the principles of continuity. Without motivation, we will get stuck in just running around. It’s like living life without a purpose. We have to find new tasks, a reasonable target. Therefore, motivation is something exact, something measurable.
So for me, motivation is my competition diary.
I always know what my closest target is, what I would like to achieve in a short period of time, and these short term goals build upon each other in a continuous cycle. While my main target for the next two years is to complete the IRONMAN, the long distance triathlon competition, in two years time.
But how have I arrived at this point, where it seems like the only thing that drives me, is my achievement compulsion ( and it sure looks like a compulsion )? Don’t I have anything else to do? Is this all there is, compulsively ticking of my list like a robot? Surely not.
Therefore the question should rather be: what inspires me?
What is it, that fills motivation with passion?
Inspiration is that untouchable feeling, an impulse that touches you, and you want to relive it over and over again, when it talks to your soul, or suggests something.
Just like with professional sports, hobby sports have also its psychology. It does not work without mental strength, and a soul. So for the sake of it, with true honesty and without numerical order, here are my 10 years of inspirational quotes for consideration:
- I am inspired by the fact that I show a good example to my children, so that I can give them an active way of life, and to experience these activities together
- I am inspired by nature: an independent naive world, far away from artificial and social stimuli, where I may use my body and sensory organs as they were meant to be
- I am inspired by the possibility of breaking out of daily routines
- I am inspired by the feeling of freedom, which I experience each and every time I am terrain running
- I am inspired by the planning of and fulfillment of an exciting route
- I am inspired by the force of routine and regularity
- I am inspired by the attention of my surroundings, and that you are interested in what I am doing
- I am inspired by speed and development
- I am inspired by the feeling of content and the feeling of liberation after a session
- I am inspired by esthetics: beautiful legs, flat stomach and a fit female body
- I am inspired by the lightness of it, that I feel graceful and strong while running, just like a panther or a gazelle
- I am inspired by solitude: my own thoughts, and the outburst of creativity
- I am inspired by the community: I belong to a community that I have chosen myself, and where I am understood
- I am inspired by extravagance: that I am doing something that is out of the ordinary, where I am not necessarily understood, but that they want to understand me
- I am inspired by the competitive spirit
- I am inspired by music, the epic strong pieces, that keep me going through my deadlocks
- I am for sure inspired by Katinka Hosszú, and other professional sportsmen and women
- I am inspired by love: happiness, anger, passion and desire
And the beauty of it all is, that as motivation ends, or better, is fulfilled – we can call it either ways – the sea of inspiration is just getting fuller, and there is no running session, where at least one of the drops of it would not fall on upon me.