Refueling the Fire

Did you know that 80% of people quit their workout routine within 5 months of starting?? That means if you have been with us for two years, you have lasted five times longer than 80% of people!

The greatest thing the gym does for us is turning “having to workout” into wanting to and “GETTING to workout.” BUT . . . as athletes, it is inevitable that we will still struggle with our motivation and commitment.

In the last three years, I have been through many ups and downs. I’ve struggled with consistency at times . . . yet I’ve also been the most consistent, and likely the fittest I’ve ever been during this time. When I reflect back on 2020, can I identify what might have caused or contributed to my lack of consistency in the gym? And then what changed?  

2020 was a difficult year for all of us. During this time, I was only working out one to two days a week. I was not in a good place physically or mentally, and I needed a change. I certainly entertained the thought, “How in the world am I supposed to inspire people when I am indeed uninspired myself?”

I started asking myself introspective questions. Why do 80% of people quit so soon? Why did I want to quit? What wasn’t I doing now that I was doing previously?

There is always an initial tangible purpose, motivation, or goal that makes us take action. We have to get in shape for a wedding, or fit into our pants, or reduce our cholesterol.

In other words, we have a short-term, tangible goal that means something to us!

But over time, that motivation that made us take action inevitably means less to us, or sometimes even goes away altogether. The wedding happens. The pants fit. The cholesterol levels are out of harm’s way.

So, we have two options:

1. Keep doing things out of habit. But without purpose, we start to slip and eventually fail.

2. Find another short-term goal to care about to refuel the fire!

Option 2 sounds good in theory, but does it work? ABSOLUTELY! After having this epiphany, I knew I had to set a goal for myself. I wanted to make the Prowess Committed Club every month of 2021! Of course, that is a big goal, so I knew I would need to set a smaller, more tangible short-term goal. And thankfully, the math was simple. I needed to make 4 classes per week. So I scheduled them. 

I made it the first week, and then the second . . . and before long, I was working harder than I had in years. It was certainly hard at first, as I felt like I was starting over, but I was immediately inspired! But would it last? Heck yeah, it did! Having the smaller weekly goals and making sure I then made those 15 classes every month helped keep that larger goal in reach. 

Need help getting motivated? Let us help you define a new goal and we can work on helping you focus on the small tangible step right in front of you, so you don’t get defeated by thinking about the bigger journey ahead. This new approach will start to shape everything you do and how we serve you. 

For now, that means encouraging you to take 15 minutes of your time to let us help you set a goal. If you are in a rut, this may be your answer. If things are magical, this will take you to the next level. If you are in between, we will push you towards magic.

It sounds hokey. It sounds cliche. But trust us, and you will be glad you did two months from now!

Jason Harrington

CEO and Founder

Prowess Fitness & Nutrition

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