Get Motivated! ... Daily in 2018

August 21 
I believe in rules. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them? - Leo Durocher
Rules were meant to be broken, weren't they? Well, certainly within reason and definitely when it's for our own good and well-being. We should never be so stuck on a plan or an exercise regimen  that we can't deal with slight alterations. We can set up workout rules for ourselves to help us stay motivated but we've got to allow for flexibility. If we stick too rigidly to the fitness guidelines we set up for ourselves, we run the risk of resenting and ultimately rejecting, the entire idea. Rules about working out are made to be broken, especially if we benefit from the change!

August 20
I'm trying to do the best I can. I'm not concerned about tomorrow but with what goes on today!
- Mark Spitz
Today is a very important day for fitness: I will exercise, I will get to the gym, I will join that aerobics class, I will challenge myself, I will focus and concentrate on my workout, I will get up and go running, I won't quit, I will do my best, I will do better today than I did yesterday, I will put on my running shoes and get out the door.
I won't think about what I will or will not do tomorrow; I will concentrate on what I can do today! 

August 19
Everybody thought I couldn't do it. But I did it dammit!
- Bill Koch
It's terrific to prove people wrong. Knowing that we have can give us an extra boost when we win. When we are the underdog and we prevail we have done more than just win, we have overcome other people's expectations that are intended to keep us down. Sometimes people's low expectations of our abilities can inspire us to go out and show them how wrong they are about us. It's not always other people's expectations that can relegate us to the underdog position.Do we believe we can win? We should because it begins with us. Everyone else may not think we've got what it takes. It's our job to prove them wrong. If we believe in ourselves, we will be able to overcome all of their doubts. I won't let doubts, my own or anyone else's, keep me from doing my best! 

August 18 
Winning isn't everything, but it's importance can't be denied! - A Bartlett Giamatti  
Winning has a joy and discrete purity to it that cannot be replaced by anything else. It can make us feel competent and successful, powerful and effective. Winning is important to anyone's sense of satisfaction and well-being. It can be something we work toward week after week or something we enjoy for the moment and then move on. Winning can encourage us to continue to practice, work out and compete. It is a sign of progress and a measure of accomplishment. Winning is about competing against ourselves, the clock and our goals as well. Winning comes in a variety of ways - today I will look to "win" in my daily workout!

August 17 
We all choke. You're not human if you haven't!
- Curtis Strange
Sometimes it's nerves, sometimes it's fear, sometimes it's being in an unfamiliar situation. Sometimes there's no telling where it comes from. Sometimes our brains short-circuit or our bodies don't respond and we make errors we never made before. For whatever reason, we just can't do today what seemed automatic yesterday. It often arises out of an overpowering desire to do our best that backfires. The real problem arise when we start worrying about when and if it will happen. There are no sure ways to avoid it. But if we start obsessing about it the next thing we'll be doing is choking.
Choking is not the end of the world and if it happens to me I'll just shake it off, refocus and keep on going!  

August 16 
Absolutely indispensable is strict follow-through, effort and stick-to-itiveness!
- Olga Korbut 
Don't be frightened if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself. This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all the things sports bestow on us. We have all faced tough situations that seem to stand like insurmountable challenges before us. We are intimidated yet these are the times when it's most important for us to call on our self-confidence and perseverance to take on the challenge.
I know I can face the challenges that come my way and handle them successfully!  

August 15 
Great things happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up!
- Orel Hershiser
We can all prove that great things happen to ordinary people, because hard work and perseverance are incredibly powerful and effective - when we decide to employ them. We all have the potential to be far greater than we ever imagine. We're limited only by our desire, motivation and drive. Success may seem to come much easier to some than others. People have different aspirations and goals for themselves in all aspects of their lives. Some are more competitive than others but no matter what the target is, once we decide what we want from ourselves, we are all capable of reaching it.
  I simply need to set my sights on a goal and go for it!

August 14 
We play the way we practice!
- Edwin Moses
Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training. Even if we work out regularly, the results of these hours of practice will only be as good as the effort we put into them. Whether it's endurance, accuracy or strength, we have to demand as much of ourselves even when we practice. Skills such as the ability to concentrate while performing are honed during hours and hours of working out. We learn what our weaknesses are and focus on ways to transform them into strengths. We can't goof off in training and then expect to perform to our peak.
It's important that the effort I put in during a workout will be my best!

August 13
Learn to think like a winner... think positive and visualize your strengths!
- Vic Braden 
A winner is confident in his skills/ ability and doesn't overreact when things may not seem up to par. 
A winner has a clear mind - relaxed and focused on the task at hand, whether it's a challenging workout or an important competition. 
A winner doesn't give up no matter how desperate the situation may seem to be. 
A winner's mind can keep his legs moving even when they can't seem to go another step. A winner doesn't always come in first but is always up for another challenge.

Today I will think like a winner!

August 12
The trick is to take what we have been given and make it work for us!
- Vicky Aragon 

We've all had the experience of doing something we never thought possible. The thing that propelled us to finish and be successful was determination. Impossible tasks remain impossible if we don't attack them and break them down into possible. That means taking what we have to work with and using it to our best advantage. With hard work and determination, we can prove our abilities to ourselves and to anyone else who happens to be watching. Today I will transform the impossible to the possible!

August 11 
Success is a matter of confidence. What I had on my side was patience!
- Hank Aaron
Patience. Patience. Patience. Not being patient will inevitably lead to frustration. If we cut ourselves some slack we will feel the benefits both mentally and physically and see the change in our fitness program. It takes time to develop our athletic abilities. If we are impatient with our progress we will push ourselves too hard and end up with an injury, or worse, so discouraged that we give up. We have to trust ourselves. If we approach our workouts with patience, we will find that we'll enjoy them a lot more and we won't get frustrated or discouraged.
I will look for and take advantage of my opportunities!  

August 10 
Fear can be conquered. I became a better person when I learned that lesson!
- Roger Craig
Perhaps the most relevant to athletes of all levels and sports is the fear of failure. Who among us hasn't choked because we were unable to execute? Or what about avoiding competing in a race because we were afraid we might not finish even though we train regularly? We intimidate, even paralyze, ourselves by the usually unfounded fears. Coping with fear and inadequacy and failure is never easy. Fear of not performing up to a certain level can be debilitating.
I need to look carefully and realistically at my goals so as to feel confident in my ability to work out and compete! 

August 9
Games lubricate the body and the mind!
- Benjamin Franklin 
No matter how frantic we may be at the office, no matter how stressed some relationships can be, no matter whether we're bogged down by paperwork, housework or schoolwork, we can always benefit from our sports. Without fail, these brief time-outs in our otherwise hectic schedules really deliver. Our hearts pump, we sweat, our endorphins kick into high gear and we seem to reach a state that is more relaxed, with a head that is less cluttered and muscles that ache with that "good kind of hurt" feeling. More than a drink or a smoke, exercise is the most consistent way to reach a natural high.
With a clear head and relaxed body as a reward, I'm working out today! 

August 8
I look at victory as milestones on a very long highway!
- Joan Benoit Samuelson
A victory can seem like an end, but it is also a beginning. When we have decided that we want to do something - run a marathon, lose weight - and we reach that goal, we have achieved a victory. But we are not done yet. It's important to celebrate our victories because they are symbols of the fruition of our efforts and determination. They represent goals that we have been striving towards. However, every victory should spawn another goal. Exercise and working out are long term propositions. They do not stop just because we reach one milestone. Tomorrow we will be moving toward a new goal.
I will look at every victory as inspiration to keep moving forward!  

August 7 
It's not just being the fastest or strongest - it's who wants it the most!
- Buck Williams
We aren't all physically perfect for the sports that interest us the most. In fact, many times we take up sports feeling not quite suited for working out at all. So much success in sports is about desire and perseverance. It's a potent mixture of natural ability, hard work, desire - and at times, luck. Natural ability is, well, natural, God-given ability. Hard work is putting in long hours of practice. Desire, however, is immeasurable. It's heart. Natural ability and hard work will take you a long way towards your goal that's no secret. Those attributes plus desire will get you there.
Today I want more in my workout - and will reach a little farther to get it!

August 6
Tough situations can bring out our best!
- John McEnroe 
All of our mental and physical preparation is for these very moments. When faced with a difficult task, we may find ourselves questioning whether or not we can deal with it. A moment of doubt can spell defeat. Maintaining our confidence will be a challenge sometimes but we can do it. Having confidence in ourselves can help us handle the most challenging opponents or workouts successfully. Knowing that we are prepared and knowing what we can accomplish will support us know matter what we find ourselves up against. Every time we are successful we will reinforce our belief in our competence.
Confidence will see me through! 

August 5 
Everything is practice! - Pele
Practice, practice, practice. Repeating skills over and over again can be very boring. But everyone, from pros to amateurs, needs to spend time on skills and techniques. By repetition, our bodies will actually remember how to do them right without our minds having to tell us each and every time. The goal is to have our moves become automatic and effortless. Practice can seem overwhelming. There may be so many things we want to improve it's hard to know where to begin. We can't improve everything overnight. I will make a commitment to practice and build my skills!

August 4
Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation!
- Jack Nicklaus
As kids we all had dreams where we made the clutch play in a tight situation. However, the fact is that too many times in these situations, or ones just like them, we don't make the play we dreamed about because we had long since given up hope. But we should always consider ourselves still in a position to win, regardless of the situation. If we decide up front to make this our philosophy, then when faced with a tough situation, we would have no choice but to keep fighting to the bitter end. It's not easy however in the long run it's a far better feeling to have gone down fighting than to lose having thrown in the towel.
I will not give up - in my daily workout nor in competition, no matter how tempting!  

August 3
A lot of people have the ability, but they don't put forth the effort! - Joe Carter 
So much of success in sports at all levels can be attributed to attitude. The combination of skills, practice and desire is impressive in any forum. Hours of practice and incredible skills can only take us so far. And desire alone, unfortunately can only help us so much. But combine the physical aspects with this inner drive and you have the makings of real success. Most of us work out and compete because we want the exercise, the exhilaration and the camaraderie of sports. A positive outlook, the desire to be better and setting and meeting expectations is invaluable to our success. I have the desire to work out aggressively and improve at my sport!

August 2
When my workout starts, I am thinking of only of it and nothing else! - Katarina Witt  Whether or not we compete in our sports, even if we just work out on a regular basis, we'll find ourselves working harder, more efficiently, and more effectively if we simply concentrate on the task at hand, ignoring the potential outcomes. It's when we get too caught up in the meaning of our workouts or competitions that we stumble. Once we step out there, we need to have a clear and focused mind so that we can ward off distractions and perform to our peaks. Distractions make us waste precious energy on worry, anxiety or even overconfidence. I will do my best to avoid distractions that can impede my best performance! 

August 1
The most prepared are the most dedicated! - Raymond Berry There is more to commitment than just showing up. We can drag ourselves out of bed in the morning but we may just as well as slept in if we half-heartedly do our morning workout. Preparation is key to following through on our aspirations. We need to get ourselves mentally and physically prepared every time we exercise. We need to develop a routine that can help us progress and that tests our limits as we are doing it. We need to make a plan for what we are going to do every time we work out. Planning and thoughtful preparation are indicative of a solid, unshakable commitment. I am prepared to make a commitment! 
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