Get Motivated! ... Daily in 2019

December 15 
When you feel good about yourself, others will feel good about you too!
- Jake Steinfeld
There's nothing better than that post workout feeling where your heart is pumping, endorphins are racing, skin is glowing and your energy is high. It's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and in that instant we have the sense of exhilaration - sometimes hand in hand with exhaustion - we also feel good and positive about ourselves, about what we've done and what we can do. We should hold on to these feelings as long as possible, because as we radiate this energy and health, others around us feel it and are attracted to it. The better we are feeling about ourselves and what we've accomplished, the more the positive energy rubs off on those around us.
Exercise makes me feel good about myself - and I want everyone to know it!

December 14 
How you respond to the challenge determines whether you are a winner or a loser!
- Lou Holtz 
We are always getting challenged. It is what drives us to improve. We can't be great all the time, so sometimes we need a second chance in order to prove what we are made of. How you start out isn't nearly as important as how you finish. You can start slowly but if you finish strong, you can always walk away a winner. If we think of ourselves as our own best competition, our personal wins and losses will be easy to calculate. We should always be looking for a challenge that will bring out our best. If we remain unchallenged and are never tested, we won't know what it is to feel like a winner.
I will respond to every challenge put before me! 

December 13
Just get back to basics. Keep it simple and have fun!
- Dwight Gooden 
We all forget about the fun. Fun seems to be the last thing on the agenda when we are dragging ourselves off to the gym, pounding the pavement or sweating it out in an aerobics or spin class. We complicate our workouts with unrealistic goals and the fun-depleting mantra of "gotta do it". Somehow fun is never a factor. Remember when we were kids and we would run or jump just because we could? We didn't think about how fast or how far we ran; we just did it because we felt like it. That was the way to experience the pure fun and joy of being alive. We didn't do it because we were trying to accomplish something or had a distant goal in mind. Sometimes we sap all the fun out of our exercise by making it an obligation or work. Today I'll find fun in my workout and I'll be much more likely to keep going!

December 12 
Each sport determines what the athletes body will be like! - Michael Murphy 
The process can be aided by suggestion, visualization and other mental techniques. Whether tall and wiry, sturdy and strong, lean and light, or agile and quick, our bodies come in all shapes and sizes, making us better suited for different athletic endeavors. Our continued workouts and training in these areas further increase our strength , speed, flexibility or coordination, honing our skills for our particular sports. We can always improve our performances by using not just physical workouts but mental ones as well. The body is extremely susceptible to the power of suggestion - what our minds create, our bodies will try to imitate. What I can achieve with physical training alone, I can improve upon with good mental fitness!

December 11 
If you trust your nerve as well as your skill, you're capable of a lot more than you can imagine!
- Debi Thomas 
That's really what sports and exercise are all about - giving it our best shot. We will get the most out of our abilities if we give our all the first time and every time. Belief in what we can do is really what allows us to excel at our sport. Striving to be our best doesn't mean we have to be miserable about a less than perfect performance. There are plenty of times when we won't come out on top but this is nothing to be discouraged about. If we have truly given it our heart and soul, we have nothing to be ashamed of if the results don't match our goals. We just know better what we have to do the next time. We can focus on our strengths and be successful next time. Believing in ourselves will carry us farther than any victory.
I will give it my best!

December 10 
An hour of practice is worth five hours of going through the motions!
- Pancho Segura 
How many times have we finished a long, involved workout only to feel we didn't do that much at all? When we were finished, we didn't have the healthy exhaustion and sense of accomplishment that usually follow an aggressive, hard, productive workout. We put in twice as much time for half the results. A workout that is approached in a lazy, low-energy way is obviously not as effective as one where we really go all out. A workout where we are concentrating, fired up, and truly giving our best effort is ultimately more valuable and much more satisfying. There will always be days when we don't feel like pushing. These might be days to take off from working out. Workouts are most effective when you can give your best effort
. I will rest up today and work harder tomorrow!

December 9
No matter how long you've been competing, you still get butterflies before the big event!
- Pee Wee Reese 
No matter what we're doing, we all experience some sort of nervousness before important competitions. Even the most seasoned athletes admit to butterflies and jitters before "the big ones." The good news is nervousness, if channeled the right way, can be helpful in tough situations. It needn't be detrimental to our performance if we try to refocus the anxious energy. Harnessing our nervous energy and transforming it into strength and speed we can use in competition keeps us focused and prevents us from wasting valuable energy on useless worrying. I will acknowledge this state of mind and try to put it to better use! 

December 8 
Don't let obstacles stand in your way on the road to success! - Wayne Gretzky
It's very easy to see only the obstacles that stand in the way of working out - time, family commitments, work. But we need to assess these obstacles objectively and see how big they really are. Can we at least see a glimpse of our goals, or are they blocked completely from view? Can we do something to move the obstacle or make it a little smaller? We also have to be aware of when we create obstacles for ourselves. Could we modify our goals to fit the current situation? Sometimes obstacles are only as big as we choose to make them. With focus and concentration we can make them become a blur instead of a blockade. I will shift my focus from the obstacles to my goal!

 December 7 
There are few things you can't do as long as you're willing to apply yourself!
- Greg LeMond 
Sometimes are limitations are all in our heads. Although we seem to have certain physical limitations, they can hold us back only as much as we let them. When we say we can't do something because we have made assumptions of what we are capable of achieving, we are denying ourselves an opportunity to learn. On the other hand, it is tough to just jump in and tackle something new. That's why we need to spend some time preparing first and applying ourselves later. Knowing what it is we want to do and how we can do it are important for figuring out our game plan. We have to be willing to take the time to investigate the best approach and spend time to truly develop our unique abilities so that we can take on those challenges. If I make the time, I can make my goals! 

December 6
No pain, no gain - no way! - Bill Rodgers
There's only so much physical energy and resilience in the body. If you go beyond a certain point, you're asking for trouble. Most of us have realized the ineffectiveness and even danger, of over-training. While we may push ourselves to the limits of our strength and stamina at times, for the most part we have learned to recognize these limits and work within them. When we have unreasonable expectations of ourselves, we tend to work out to excess, and therefore are apt to suffer the consequences: injury, exhaustion and poor performance. Our bodies have limits and being in tune with what we can physically handle is vitally important. While we want to stretch our limits with challenging workouts, we don't want to push our luck with downright stupidity!

December 5 
When I'm in "a cocoon of concentration", I am invincible!
- Tony Jacklin 
Many athletes tell of being in a "zone" where all thoughts are on the sport and a peak performance is well within reach. It's as if we can do no wrong; our bodies and our minds are as one, the synergy between them incredibly powerful. Unfortunately, not all of us are able to reach this state of pure mind and flawless motion of demand, if at all. It takes an amazing amount of discipline to be able to focus so intently that all other distractions fall by the wayside. We must begin with a clear mind and a goal in sight. Even in noncompetitive situations we can reach this ultimate state - a workout that is close to perfect, a run that nears a personal best.
With focus and concentration I can reach this zone of perfection, where body and mind are in sync to great results!

December 4 
None of us really pushes hard enough!
- Fran Tarkenton 
Sometimes we can only live up to our potential when we are pushed from outside. Unfortunately, if we learn to rely on that push from someone else, we will never be as demanding of our own performance as we should be. The more we challenge ourselves, the more we become familiar with the limits and more important, the expanse of our abilities. Knowing what we are capable of will allow us to adapt to a wide variety of situations. If we know that we can dig deep and come up with a second wind, we won't be trying to conserve energy in the beginning so that we make it through to the end. I will be sure that I am always performing up to my potential! 

December 3
Durability is part of what makes a great athlete! - Bill Russell   
Not everyone can be as quick and agile, as powerful, as steady, or as versatile as a professional athlete. Most of us, in fact, don't even come close. However, most of us can become and continue to be good, reliable athletes regardless of our particular skill level. For most of us, durability means maintaining our strength, reliability, and taking care of ourselves so we can be active and healthy for a long time. There's no need to get out there and kill ourselves every time we compete, or overdo every workout until it hurts. Consistency in practice will mean consistency , and longevity in performance. The smarter we are in pacing ourselves and in appropriately setting our challenges, the more durable athletes we will become!

December 2 
You can't win 'em all!
- Joe Louis
No matter how accomplished we are, how much we practice, or how well we're coached, there will come a time, or two, or three, when we will be done in by an opponent who is just that much more accomplished, more practiced or better coached. No amount of training ever really prepares us for a loss, especially one that is extremely tough or unexpected. And it often takes all our energy to handle it in the gracious manner that is appropriate. We don't have to like losing, but we do have to deal with it on occasion, so it's best to be prepared to cope with any possible outcome so as not to be ashamed of our behaviour later. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, so I should always be ready to handle either situation with grace and aplomb!

December 1 
Do it right or don't do it at all! - Boris Becker 
It is very difficult to live with expectations, whether we have created them for ourselves or they are placed on us by others. High expectations can be debilitating and can end up making us play worse or give up entirely because of pressure. However, when used in a positive way, expectations should motivate us, not discourage us. Setting goals is important but they need to be realistic. If our expectations are too high, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. Perfection is very rare. We need to reassess impossibly high standards if we are too afraid of achieving them. I will be sure my expectations motivate me, not discourage me!

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