A 17 year old girl, fitness enthusiast and dedicated Olympic style weightlifter and non-competitive Irish dancer. I'm determined to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of my body whilst influencing other young people to do so. I never doubt my ability to achieve something; I just change what I'm doing until I succeed.
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I must admit, it is difficult to find motivation sometimes. Whether this is involving a sport or just motivating yourself to do a small task. Many people don't often refer to words when they feel unmotivated, but that is something I now do and had wished I'd known how much words can impact your thoughts. Some days I'll be feeling totally weak and discouraged to go for a run, but reading some quotes can help me to feel more positive about myself. In this post, i'll share and explain some quotes that motivate me to keep working out, not give up and feel better about myself.
'Do not claim you want to grow and then run away the minute you feel growing pains'
I found this quote by the company Bossbabe, I think its very true and relatable. Sometimes I will say to myself that I want to reach a certain goal or lift a certain amount. I will work hard to reach my goal, but will sometimes give up if I find a task too difficult to complete. This quote shows that it takes time to reach the goals you want to achieve and with lots of hard work you can achieve them, however that's not to say its going to be easy. I've found when I'm trying to gain a new personal best, I may get close to the weight I want, but not reach it. The following day, my muscles will be sore from trying which has sometimes put me off from training. But this quote made me realise that there will be difficulties when trying to reach goals, but hard work and experiences will provide you with amazing results.
'Your body can stand almost anything, it's your mind you have to convince'
I'm not sure who this quote is by, but it's definitely helped me when I've had challenging experiences with sports. Sometimes I'll be running and the air will be clammy which will cause me to feel too hot, this has often made me give up. However, this quote made me realise during my run that I just need to tell my mind that I can do it. This quote shows that often you're very capable of achieving what you want but you need to convince yourself that you're mentally capable. Some people may look at themselves and think that they aren't physically fit enough to reach their goals; sometimes you just need to be determined and have mental willpower.
'You don't always need a plan, sometimes you need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens'
Whoever quoted this, may be somebody who was discouraged from even the thought of having to go through with a plan of what they wanted to achieve. Sometimes I'll feel like this if I'm thinking about what I'm going to do too much. This quote made me realise that you don't always need to have a plan of your exact life or goals, but you do need to trust yourself, put yourself out there and see what happens. I remember the first time I decided to go for a run again once my anxiety was bearable to cope with. Thinking about a plan was far too difficult and I would become so frustrated with myself from thinking about things which could go wrong. I decided one day, to just go for it; since then I've managed to relax when getting anxious thinking about taking a new running route or desperately trying to stick to a plan.
'There will be haters, doubters and non-believers, and then there will be you, proving them wrong'
A while ago there were some people who tried to annoy me and pester me about being a Weightlifter. I admit it was annoying and it did have an impact on my mental health, but now I couldn't care less as I'm happy and proud of myself for many reasons This quote made me realise that there will be negative people in your life and sometimes negativity can bring you down. I view negativity in two ways, you can either let it define everything you've worked up to, or you can let it make you stronger and encourage you to prove others wrong. Thinking about proving people wrong may also motivate you to continue reaching for your goals and not to give up.
'Work hard in silence, let success be your noise'
This quote is by Frank Ocean and its definitely something I find motivating. If you're struggling to start something new (whether this is fitness related or not) purely because you don't want the attention from others. Why not keep quiet about it and smash your goals? You can focus on your actions speaking louder than your words. I think what this quote is also saying is that you don't always have to speak your success, but can simply prove others wrong with showing your achievements. You also gain the satisfaction of knowing you can physically reach your goals rather than just speaking inaccurate representations.
'Comparison is the thief of joy'
I feel comparing yourself to other people is something which a lot of people need to get out of the habit of doing. I'm currently in progress towards stopping comparing myself with others. Although this quote is short, there is a lot of meaning behind it. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others in a negative or positive way, you could find yourself unhappy. I've been in situations where i've felt people are better than me and the way i've viewed my progress and accomplishments has been negatively impacted. Comparison may not be a problem for everyone, but if it is a problem you'll notice that it is difficult to block out sometimes. This quote definitely helps me to feel encouraged not to view other peoples lives and instantly regret my own.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope you became as motivated as I did whilst writing this. Please note that I am not the responsible owner of any images and quotes in this post and that all links to original owners are linked on my pinterest account.