Have you wondered why we give stickers for milestones like 25 and 50 classes or for your first time making the Committed Club? It's because everyone REALLY does love getting a gold star and those milestones worthy of praise.
So many people believe that those of us who stick with an exercise program or a specific nutrition program must somehow have some magic well of motivation from which we can draw. The truth is that those of us who stick with a healthy lifestyle practice have learned (conscious or otherwise) how to celebrate our wins.
Motivation ONLY comes after a win. It rarely precedes it. A win can be as simple as an acknowledgement (like big X on a calendar) of a the first day of a new habit. It doesn't really matter what you're counting down or trying to change, think about how satisfying those big Xs look.
With each X you get feel more motivated to stay the course. Our stickers and #100strong socks do the same thing. They're an acknowledgment of your success. Our workout tracking app, Beyond the Whiteboard, does the same thing. Every time you open the app you get a quick snapshot of your week, month and lifetime of fitness. Here's my February training calendar. I'm super motivated to meet or exceed this in March. My February success creates my motivation for March.
The CrossFit Open can provide the same motivation. Do all 3 workouts and you will have really accomplished something.
We crave points, big Xs, badges, stickers and yes, gold stars. Use that acknowledgement of your win to help keep your momentum and motivation for whatever you want to achieve. You can also book a Spring check-in with me and I'll help keep you on track:-) Good luck!
Record your WOD on Beyond the Whiteboard.
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