If you have tried to get in shape, but gave up along the way, it's because you were driven by the Pain...
When you begin your mission for a better body, health and fitness, you are either driven by pain or by gain.
The Pain Driven Brain
The left image shows the journey of someone driven by pain. This person is also usually driven by extrinsic motivating factors. Things like impressing others, avoiding ridicule, fitting in, are all powerful motivators for the Pain driven person.
Take a look at Step 3 in the image. As this person makes progress they begin to compare themselves to their ideal end results. This is where the pain kicks in. It doesn't matter how much progress has been made, if it isn't perfect, they get discouraged.
These discouraging feelings lead to complete drainage of mental energy, effort begins to diminish, they begin to miss workouts, procrastinate, make excuses, and eventually quit all together.
The Gain Driven Brain
The image on the right shows the journey of someone driven by Gain. This person will be successful, and they will have unstoppable resilience. Why? The desire and progress can be the exact same as the pain driven person. The difference is in step 3 (the measure of progress).
The Gain driven person measures themselves against where they started instead of their ideal outcome. This breeds a sense of accomplishment, builds momentum, confidence, and inspires more action and focused effort.
If You Have Tried to Get In Shape, but Failed.....Try Again
Only this time shift your perspective. Instead of looking ahead at an ideal outcome, appreciate the progress you have made. Remind yourself of how far you have come, inspire yourself, motivate yourself. You are capable of building your body, losing the fat, feeling and looking how you want. The resilience manifested by the Gain Driven mind set is all you were missing.
There is no perfect. You just need to get a little further today than you were yesterday.
Image courtesey of Todd Herman of 90DayYear.com
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