The sights and sounds of the race, the blur of the team colours as the cyclists speed by, the feeling of your own hands gripping the handles as you imagine yourself maneuvering the bike into the next turn-it’s enough to get your own heart racing and adrenaline flowing. You then notice a strong urge to go home and grab your bike. These feelings, thoughts and images are the psychological building blocks that act as the fuel and inspiration that creates the drive and desire we ultimately recognize as motivation. Whether you are a professional or recreational athlete or someone who wants to improve your fitness or work performance we instinctively know that we need to feel motivated to make that next step happen. The good news is that there are ways to harness your psychological building blocks to sharpen and boost your levels of motivation. Here are two steps to help you get started. The first step is to take the time to pay attention and really understand what you are after. If the goal were better fitness what would that look like? Feel like? Is there any past success experience you can draw on? The more you can visualize, taste, smell and feel what you are after, the better your energies will be aroused, harnessed and focused on going after it. The second step is to productively channel your energies by creating a series of small goals so that you can more easily monitor and experience your sense of progress over time. It is important to recognize that motivation is best maintained by the ability to embrace, appreciate and value each moment that contributes to your journey toward success. In other words, the pain, the sweat and the feeling of exertion can be experienced and celebrated as proof that “I’m really doing it!” Remember – seize the moment! Congratulations-you are on your way.

Dr. Owen Garrett

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Partner, Leaps & Bounds Personal Training & Clinical Exercise Inc.
Dr. Garrett is committed to helping individuals develop the necessary skills, resources and confidence to achieve success and purpose in their careers and personal lives.

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