BEHOLD!!! My lack of acting talent.
Seriously though, recently I have been getting really frustrated with “fitness/diet” motivational posters. Now I know I know, these are supposed to light a fire under your butt, and I completely understand that, BUT there is a trend among them that I don’t like – they are extreme.
Moderation is hardly a sexy way of motivating someone, but the extreme polarizing type of “ONE MORE REP DAMNIT I DON’T CARE IF YOU BREAK YOUR ARMS!!!” only works for a small amount of the population AND is not a fantastic strategy long term. The majority of people who are fit and are already consistent with pursuing their goals have a developed system of habit building and self-motivating skills that work for them most of the time. If anything, if they are overly sore or potentially about to get injured, they need to be talked OUT of going for a workout. And the people who are struggling to get started get bombarded with this message that if you are not a health food fitness nut who is ready to destroy themselves at the gym in a pool of sweat while crying and eating lettuce, there is no hope... which, believe me, is complete BS.
You don’t NEED to take drastic measures to see drastic results. Patience, consistency and sustainability will get you there! Your life is not a training montage. You will NOT “get fit” in a week or 4 weeks or 8... or 12. You will not form lifelong habits on a whim because you saw some girl with abs do box jumps. Training and pushing like a maniac for a short period of time might seem exciting, but it is not a reasonable strategy for lifelong success. If you are constantly struggling to get motivated, looking at “SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP” posters is not going to be an effective solution. You need to dig deeper and figure out what will work for you in the long run. Because sustainability is sexy.