Julia Chi Taylor

Julia Chi Taylor

Motivation

I looked up the definition for motivation…

This is what I found…

The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way…’

‘The general desire or willingness of someone to do something…’

In sport, there is a lot talked about ‘being motivated… ‘And of course, it is recognized that motivation is needed and is of the essence when committing to both a training program and an actual event…

Looking at the two sentences above, it therefore seems a good idea – when deciding to make that firm decision to train for something – that we first examine the reasons we have for acting or behaving in a particular way…

As well as examining in general our desire – or willingness – to do something…

This will therefore mean we investigate when the motivation to train wanes, and the motivation to read a good book or watch a film or go to the pub becomes more of a drive…

In its simplest form motivation is simply forward movement towards something, and the inner drives towards that; so rather than use too much energy trying to ‘make ourselves’ train in a certain way, cover a certain amount of miles, stretch, carry out strength training, eat well, sleep well…

A more useful exercise can be to first examine what our inner drives truly are…

What are our reasons for doing anything…? This can be as much an inner investigation into our deeper drives…

Are we motivated by a need to prove something to our parents, our siblings or our piers…? Are we looking for attention and recognition…?

Are we motivated by the praise and celebration and the cheering crowd; or are they simply a by product of our own inner motivation to do the very best that we can, because we want to find out what is possible, for our own inner satisfaction; a personal quest?

Are we motivated by outside stimulation to receive the acclaim? Or are we motivated by an inner drive, our own motor within to see what is possible?

Or of course, we could be motivated by a combination of both…

Most children have sought the approval of the ‘big people’, the people who have cared for them in their life, the parents, teachers, older siblings… And whether they have or haven’t received it, both aspects can be a driving force, and a legacy that lasts a lifetime…

There are some coaching schools of thought that will use the demons as motivation… The desperate need to prove something, the anger at being passed over…. Coaches will winkle out and access that energy and use it to propel their athlete forward with the energy and drive of anger…

I am not writing this from a perspective of what is good, bad, right wrong in coaching methods…

This is about exploring motivation, both when there seems no problem to get up at dawn and turn the miles out day after day; as to when the motivation is more to pursue a new relationship, to go out late, to sleep late…

In examining self motivation, self awareness is the key; knowing ourselves and being present at all times, will help us learn how to keep going, and keep focused in the direction we truly want to go, when the motivation wanes…

Motivation at the beginning of any project can be easy; it is all new and exciting whether this is for a sporting goal or anything else… But the key is keeping going if we are to reach our goal. Sometimes looking up ahead and remembering where we are going can be motivation enough… A reminder of the dream…

Because the motivation to do other things can also be strong, to maintain relationships through going out sharing, being together and then feeling too tired to get up early the next day…

This is why one of the ways to keep motivation high is to look at all the contributing factors at the very beginning, which might help us or hinder us in a journey to a goal

The desires and pulls, motivations in total lifestyle, as well as the reality of current lifestyle and so set realistic goals in terms of the quantity and quality of training…

Then, to maintain the forward motion and motivation, knowing there will times when motivation for training is low, you are tired, its raining, other desires feel stronger…

In my own experience I have found the best way is to never let myself off the hook…

Do it whether you are motivated or not because you are likely to be motivated again in a couple or days weeks months and so you might as well keep going now and keep the forward motion going so that you are on the road when the desire to go in a certain direction and o certain things becomes strong again….

And this orientation is easier to practice when there has been a personal inquiry into our tendencies and the reasons we can keep going, and the reasons we stop,

as well as the reasons we want to start in the first place and why we want to finish ….

It is easier to stay self motivated when we have self knowledge and awareness..

When we know ourselves better than others know us…

About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor

About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor

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Julia is an ex international distance runner.
In the late 70’s all through the 80’s and into the early 90’s she competed regularly for England and GB at distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of her best performances include winning the 1985 Dublin Marathon and finishing 7th woman (3rd British woman) in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31 where she was selected to run in the Commonwealth Games.

She still competes now as a master over 55, regularly winning her age group in races around the world. She’s was also part of the winning team for the national master X country championships in March this year, 2016. Julia has coached and mentored others to achieve their dreams in sport and life for the past forty years!

Read about her barefoot adventures: www.SolesJourney.com
Watch Julia chart her barefoot journey all over the world: www.SolesJourneyTV.com

Julia’s Books:
Girlfriend For A Year
Running To Learn
Running Sussed

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