Mark Gillett

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What is your motivation?

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Are you fed up in your work, your life?

When you decide on a life change, career change or simply something you would really like to achieve, you need to find your motivation. What is it that drives you? What is it you so badly want to be or do that you were not, or did not do, before?

Most people who decide to run a marathon do so in their mid thirties and are typically NOT runners. They just decide they want to do it. Of all of those, there are a percentage who decide for the wrong reasons and by the third or 4th week of training, usually less, they quit. Then there are those who carry on but get a chronic injury that they cannot explain and that forces them (in their minds) to stop and quit. There are a few who get acute injuries and have no choice but to stop and then there are all those left (the majority) who go on to complete the biggest event of their lives. Until they have done it that is and they realise that yes, even they can do a marathon and they do more…….

For each of those groups, the only ones who really wanted to do it were those who completed and probably most those who got an acute injury. The latter you will never actually know about. The motivation for those who wanted to was just the glory of completing a marathon – a huge goal. They then set to task, train and do it.

When you have that serious “want” or need to change you will find the energy and passion which will enable you to do the tasks necessary to drive you to your desired outcome. Even the mundane will seem good fun as your goal is your priority.

You also need to start to discipline yourself in the same way a marathon runner does.  If you take a look at a marathon training programme for an intermediate 4 hour time you will see that to achieve the 4 hours you have to discipline your programme and daily activities. These programmes are proven to be pretty accurate and if you stick to them, its likely that you will have the fitness to run that time.

Take another look at the programme and replace the end goal with your new career, life change or objectives and to achieve those you will need the same discipline. The same attention to task. Only then will you achieve your aims.

It doesn’t really matter whether we talk about sport, career, hobbies or family life. All require a discipline if you are to achieve happiness all round. Joining the dots between all of these and discipline, even with your fun time, is essential………  Out for now

Written by markgillett

September 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

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  1. great post mark, simple and accurate


    September 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

  2. Very thought-provoking and something I can very easily relate to. I started running about 2 years back (I was 43 at the time) and even though I have not run a Marathon, it is something I plan to do.


    October 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

  3. Thanks Agostinho… Plan it and do it. Its huge fun and very doable. Good luck..



    October 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

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