Everything you set out to do or achieve in life will come down to pain versus pleasure. In motivational and success psychology, this is now commonly known as the Pain and Pleasure principle. Basically, in order to have something you’ve never had, you’re going to have to do something you’ve never done, and the process is going to require you to overcome pain to get to pleasure.
Nothing better demonstrates this principle than the process and endeavor of sculpting your body and being in the best possible shape you can be in. Even though this is a common goal that many people want to achieve, very few actually do it and the reason why is somehow related to the pain experienced of the process.
In his famous bodybuilding video “Pumping Iron”, Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “If you want to be a champion, you have to be able to get the extra reps and work the muscle to failure. If you don’t do that, then you can never be a champion.” He was right, and his synopsis is embedded in his understanding of the Pain and Pleasure principle. In order to achieve a goal, you must be able to push yourself through pain. This gives way to the pleasure of reaching it.
Still, as is the case with most philosophies this is easier said than done. Knowing what to do and applying it are two different things. The key really comes down to motivation. Here are 5 fundamental philosophical strategies that can be used to motivate yourself through the pain and rigors of your workout and diet to move you into successful accomplishment and fulfillment of your goals.
1. The long term payoff is worth the short term pain. Your hard work will eventually pay off. This pain you are experiencing is only temporary and for a short time. If you can get through this short term pain, you will create a better quality of life and success in the future!
2. This isn’t as hard as it “seems”. How many times have you pulled up to the gym knowing how much you had to do and thought to yourself, “This is too much. I don’t know how I’m going to do it”. When this happens, understand that it is only an hour and a half of your time, and that if you focus, concentrate, and work vigorously you will be done in no time, and then you can reward yourself afterward with one of your favorite meals!
3. You are a winner, and winners never quit. You have to set a standard for yourself where you can legitimately identify your efforts with that of a winner, if not a champion. This helps because it is true that most winners never quit, and many failures end up failing because they always give up before they accomplish their goal. You are a winner if you don’t give up, give your all, and never quit. You are winning by improving your health, your body, and accomplishing your goals!
4. You just want to look good and feel good in your favorite clothes. Really, there isn’t a much better feeling in your daily life, whether you’re just going out with friends or heading to your job than walking out of your house in your favorite clothes and knowing they fit and look good on you. Go to the shopping mall or store and buy a brand new set of clothes you really like, and make it a goal that when you put them on and wear them out, you’ll look your best in them!
5. Overall health is a goal that in and of itself would be worth all the efforts and the payoff. When you don’t feel like keeping your diet on track or working out hard, remind yourself that these good habits and behaviors can only help you and pay off with improved overall health. By choosing the healthier foods today and exercising a little each day, you are at least ensuring you are in the best shape and health you can be in, and this not only pays off physically, but also mentally as well!
By following these motivational strategies that can get you through the toughest workouts and strongest urges to cave in on your diet, you will be able to push yourself and motivate yourself to achieve “big” inside and outside of the gym!