My early season cycling activity was full of drive and enthusiasm, resulting in a great ride to Skegness and my first triathlon.
And then I lost my mojo!
OK, I could blame work for getting busy but where there’s a will there’s a way and I just lost the will to train. Even the road races I’d entered didn’t spur me on and after a dismal half marathon I spent most of July off the bike and doing no exercise.
What causes these total attitude changes? I’ve read a few articles and not really uncovered the answer. The “get your ass in gear, loser” approach doesn’t really float my boat. In the past I’ve entered events to artificially urge myself in to action, but have either not trained or not performed if my mojo was missing.
Even introducing the element of competition hasn’t worked in the past, although being just a little bit faster than my mates from time to time is a great feeling.
I reckon the keys to motivation lie in your values as a person. I’ve never been particularly vain and for years carrying my belly around was disappointing but not destabilising. Now that I’m surrounded by a beautiful family of my own fitness is important but I’m not old enough to worry about keeping up with the kids in the way that you read on many other blogs.
What is important to me is to feel a sense of achievement or pride, and to share those achievements with my family. I’m delighted that my eldest daughter is loving her bike at the moment, and am proud that my cycling provides a point of reference for her. As her Dad, she’d look up to me about pretty much anything. But I want her to look up to me for things that I am proud of myself.
The London Marathon, Skegness, Paris and the triathlon are all things that I’ve been able to share with my family and I can share them with pride when I perform well. I figure that the secret to finding and retaining my mojo is in remembering how good it feels to take part in a challenge and perform well in completing it. Remember the sense of pride when all my hard work pays off … as hard work invariably has the habit of doing.
Reading the articles that my Google search found all tell you to set goals, measure progress, do things for charity. They may work for some people, but you can’t use other people’s motivation to push your own buttons.
So, even though it is one of the seven deadly sins (why?) a sense of pride is what will help me find and keep my mojo. I wonder what REALLY motivates other people?