Stay Motivated. Rain, Hail or Shine!
I wanted to talk about how to stay motivated and how to stay pumped and ready to ride in the winter months
I believe that you need to internally motivate and I don’t believe it needs to be something positive. So I don’t know if you’ve realized in your life, I know in my life I have to do things I don’t like to do. I don’t know about you, but it’s Saturday. It was 6:30 in the morning and I wanted to sleep, but my gorgeous daughter came running into bed saying, “Good morning.” And I’m like, “Good morning. Not.” And I had to get out of bed and start giving her breakfast and doing all those things. I didn’t want to do it. There are times when I don’t feel like riding.
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So this Monday, I don’t actually have a quote per se, but I wanted to talk about how to stay motivated and how to stay pumped and ready to ride in the winter months. So for all you gorgeous superstars that are in the, I’m guessing, Northern hemisphere, because we’re in the Southern hemisphere, you’re going into your spring… Your spring because we’re going into our autumn. Yes, spring and now your summer. So yay for you. I’m really pumped beaus yay, that’s fun.
But for those of us in Australia, we’re going into our winter, coming into our winter. So I thought lots of ride say, “Oh well I don’t ride in winter and it’s really hard to stay motivated in winter.” And I totally understand that. Especially, everyone will go, “Oh but you have a beautiful indoor.” Yes, I do. But I started riding when I was about 16 and I’m a little bit more than that right now. No, I don’t care, I’m 34. So I’ve done, I can’t do 16 months, therefor let’s go 16 years. Six –
Thank you, Phil. 18 apparently. 18 years of riding in the rain. So that’s 18 winters. 18 windy days. 18 years of 18 windy days. 18 years of wind, 18 years of rain. 18 years of hail. 18 years of mud and misery. So believe me when I say I really do understand it. Oh, I’m ready to shock people or make people not happy. I don’t believe in motivation. And I know you’re thinking, “What do you mean? This is motivation Monday.”
Well, I don’t believe in motivation from an external source, I believe that you need to internally motivate and I don’t believe it needs to be something positive. So I don’t know if you’ve realized in your life, I know in my life I have to do things I don’t like to do. I don’t know about you, but it’s Saturday. It was 6:30 in the morning and I wanted to sleep, but my gorgeous daughter came running into bed saying, “Good morning.” And I’m like, “Good morning. Not.” And I had to get out of bed and start giving her breakfast and doing all those things. I didn’t want to do it. There are times when I don’t feel like riding.
There are times, pretty much every time I don’t want to go to the gym. There are so many times that I didn’t want to eat healthfully. There are so many times I don’t want to come into work and sit at the desk and work, but you do it anyway. So I’m not saying you necessarily need to have motivation to do that. I live by the quote of, “Do what needs to be done, whether you feel like it or not. Do what needs to be done whether you feel like it or not.” So if you have a goal in your riding, if you have a competition you want to do well at, if you have a riding result you want to achieve at the end of winter, whatever it is that you want to achieve, whatever you want to do, then do what needs to be done to do it. Whether you feel like it or not. You have to take the emotion out of it because emotion, I don’t care that you don’t feel like it cause you just have to do it.
Now, there is a million other things I can teach you about how to then, okay, reframe the emotion and get pumped and excited for it and little trigger things that you can do and anchors you can do and all these cool NLP things you can do to actually be motivated about it. But at the core level, if you’re waiting for motivation to arrive, it doesn’t happen. When was the last time you were motivated to do anything? Which brings me to my second point. The last time you were motivated to do something and people go, “Oh, I can’t get motivated. I have no motivation.” When was the last time you went to the toilet? And I know you’re going, “What? What does that have to do with anything?” Well, I’m guessing when you have the urge to go and I know you’re going, “Why is she talking about this?”
Well, it’s the best analogy I can come up with. When you have the urge to go, do you go, “I can’t be bothered. Let’s just not do that. Oh, I can’t be bothered doing that. I’m not doing that,” do you? Or do you go, “I think I better go to the toilet”? And maybe you’re like me, you’re a bit lazy and going, “Oh, I can hold it.” So you hold it for 20 minutes now and then it gets more urgent. You really need to go. You really need to go. And you then are somehow motivated. So motivation might take on that form and it’s like, “I’m motivated to actually get to the toilet now. I’m very motivated. I’m super motivated.” And I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a car, especially if you’ve had a bit to drink and you’ve broken the seal. I don’t know if that’s an Australian term or a world-wide term, but you’re like, “I have to find a toilet now. I have to go to the toilet. Now.”
You are the most motivated person on the planet at that moment. So don’t tell me you can’t be motivated. Don’t tell me you have no motivation because you do. You now just need to learn to channel it into your riding and into achieving your riding goals. So I trust that helps. I trust that gives you plenty to think about. Remember, if you would like to know more about goals, goal setting, and how to stay motivated, I do have a goal setting program. So check out www.yourgoalsettingsuccess. And I look forward to helping you guys more with your goals. And I’ll see you guys next week. Bye.