I can start by saying that a fair amount of what keeps me going is the phrase, “glide ratio”. I’m guessing that it was approx 10yrs ago that I was treating a recently retired long-haul pilot. Despite just having come back from Asia myself, I joshingly told him that I didn’t believe in aeroplanes. “Think about it: you fill a giant cigar tube full of people, throw it 40,000ft up in the air and it lands on the other side of this planet in someone’s driveway — AND you know which driveway it is!!!” He chuckled and proceeded to tell me the many ways that 747s were remarkably airworthy, “you know they have a glide ratio of 8:1.”
His point was that a fully loaded plane (w/all engines cut) would glide 8miles for every mile of drop. Suddenly I had the image, the phrase that I could use to succinctly describe why I worked out as maniacally hard as I did and do. The fact is that we are all going down. Eventually, we lose all our engines – my job is to keep maximum elevation going. No matter what my personal glide ratio might be, the higher I can keep my plane flying, the longer the ride.
If you can get yourself to fully believe in it, Death is a tremendous motivator.
One day – and mostly likely not one of your choosing – you will be dead. Really, truly, fully dead. Gone. Whatever the arena, I want to play big and play hard while I’m still allowed to. Lifting, running, loving, working – doesn’t matter, I want to do it full heartedly. Whatever you do, don’t wobble! The corollary to this is of course,
This life is such an incredible gift – I didn’t earn it (leaving aside any metaphysical/incarnational convo for the moment).
“BOOM!” and here I am, privileged beyond understanding with a healthy body and mind, and the personal resources (just like anyone else on FB) to maintain and even improve that healthy body and that healthy mind.
For me the question would be how could I be unmotivated???
To not make use of the incredible opportunity given to me in this life would be the same as actually, magically having the chance to spend the night with the fantasy person of your choice, and instead you turn on the TV and watch the shopping channel!
So get off your ass and go train, volunteer, love your significant other, but fuckin’ DON’T WOBBLE!
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