OH! Magazine - Australian Version December 2018 - Page 7

( FITNESS & MOTIVATION ) THE SECRET TO MOTIVATION IS A REASON Oscar Chavez explains his secret to motivation. I woke up to the sound of the alarm clock screeching in my ears. The harsh realisation hit that my weary, unrested, heavy, dry-eyed body would need to elegantly spring out of bed and stare directly into the flaming sun. Well, that’s what it felt like anyway... Motivation, you see, is misunderstood. Misdiagnosed. Falsely accused. Because I believe that motivation is a reason, not a feeling. When I negotiate with someone, if we both agree to the reasons for closing the deal, and the deal gets done. The motivation to close is simply, a reason. So if you feel like you’re lacking ‘motivation’ to achieve your goal then it could simply mean that your reasons are not strong enough. warrant the hard work. In this instance, the conversation you have with yourself needs to change; you need to go deeper. From unparallelled experience in dealing with matters of obesity, I found that the reasons you have to look after your health must tie directly into your identity. I asked myself, ‘What will my identity be if I don’t adopt these new rituals?’ From there, it’s pretty easy to negotiate with yourself when the alarm is screeching uncomfortably in your ear, signalling the time to get up and get your sweat on. I’m sure you could imagine exactly what your life would be like if health wasn’t a part of your self-care routine. Can you picture exactly who you might be at your worst? into your reasons for keeping fit and healthy, and not missing your workouts. I have to look after me, if I want to be the best person I can, for the people I love and adore, like my two kids. And I need to see my grandchildren grow up; for me, these are compelling reasons that warrant the hard work I have to do. I’ve found that the further into the future I can imagine myself in, the better the reasons I have. And when you’re not playing the ‘short game’ (e.g. ‘lose 10kg in 10 days’), you make less mistakes, follow less fads and you look for something that is truly sustainable. And it is here, when your reasons are strong enough, that you’ll have motivation in endless supply! The pain of discipline or the pain of regret – the choice is yours. Think about that for a moment. You haven’t done the hard work of justifying to yourself that the reason for the hard work gives you enough benefit to AFTER You don’t want that reality. But those undesirable realities need to tie Oscar Chavez Oscar is a #1 best-selling author, and the founder of Health with Results. BEFORE OH! MAGAZINE ( DECEMBER 2018 ) 7