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Self Motivation - The Difference Between Wanna-Be and Gonna-Be

Stew Smith, CSCS

Most people who email me are pretty motivated but need guidance on how to get to a new level of fitness and health. From the unfit seeking to getting healthy and lose weight to the athlete seeking to change from a sport workout routine to a military workout routine to better prepare for the different challenges that the military provides, I am honored to help.

However, every now and then I receive emails from those who say they want to serve but have been unmotivated for a year or more to physically prepare for a profession in the military or law enforcement. This is a problem. With the current economic recession and job losses, recruiter’s offices are full of young and older recruits looking for a job.

Here is an email from a young man seeking to join either the military or police force:

Hello – I am a recent college graduate and used to be an athlete in high school, but have not worked out in more than two years with any consistency. I know I need to lose weight for my health but I also want to get a job in the military or police. I am not sure which one and I just cannot get motivated to go and workout. Any suggestions?

The good news is that you are young enough to get in shape relatively quickly. Four to six months of daily fitness at your age will help your ability to survive whatever training you are seeking. However, ask yourself: is this an attempt at “job hunting” or are you really motivated to serve your country in the military or police force? These are honorable professions that require personal drive and motivation to succeed, not just a place to pick up a check every two weeks.

One day while performing your duties, your fitness may mean the difference between life and death for you or your buddy. If that does not motivate you to workout then I am not going to be able to do it by holding your hand and telling you that you can do it if you try. You have to ask yourself, do you really want to serve your country enough that you are willing to suck up the pain of preparation in order to achieve the goal of proudly wearing that uniform?

Another thing you will develop when you start to train hard is the confidence in yourself. You will sharpen your mental toughness by pushing your fitness levels each week.

One thing I have learned by being in the military/law enforcement fitness and fitness writing business for the past ten years is that you can set the example for people to follow, but you cannot make them follow. I do not motivate people to workout – YOU have to do that. When you are motivated, let me know and I can help you get the the level of fitness you need.

When you are truly motivated to serve, you will do whatever is in your power to prepare yourself. You have to understand that we are at war with people who want to shoot you for your ideals and beliefs. Whether it is your belief of freedom for all or justice to those who break the law, you will one day embody that belief in the uniform you choose to wear. It is not just a job – it is a noble profession that you will always treasure having served in and you will never forget those who served and the new generation that still serves after you.

Now get to work!


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    Kevin03

    over 2 years ago

    6 Comments

    Being motivated is very important. I am doing a lot to prepare but sometimes Sony HX9v it is not easy

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    almost 3 years ago

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    Alstair

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    You successfully described the difference. I like the part being motivated whoever it does. Sometimes its me. But it is even better motivated by any other one. penny stock brokers

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    Mikfly

    over 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    I enjoyed this article as it had a very polite yet assertive method of reminding readers to drive-for-success through self motivation.

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    ragde

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    This is great, I think some need the motivation... http://postcalls.com/

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    chanelle_5

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    great article! im glad I went running today even though I didnt want too but knew I needed too

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    kjmalc

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Now I know the difference between Wanna-Be and Gonna-Be, thanks for sharing the info regarding this matter... it helps me to understand the word thoroughly.
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    HannahJo

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Being motivated is very important.When you want to do something and to obtain performance motivation is a must.Also ambition is very important.Loosing weight is not very hard but it depends on us.If you really want something than you will get it!Hannah Jones Phentermine

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    Amashe_T

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    I really enjoyed this article, not because it only had good advice, but I think more so that it's actually helped me think about the way I'm actually motivated to exercise than to use the excuse that maybe I'm too motivated. I've recently found out that a lot of the PD's that I've applied at really want you to be able to be fit enough that you are able to do the minim of physical exercise. And he's right some of us need some guidance.

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    about 4 years ago

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    Prewittr91

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    That is a great article to those who really need to ask themselves if they care enough or if it's worth enough to them. I've been trying to decide for a long time whether or not I will join Special Forces and try my hardest to endure all the training and risk my life every day for this country. Sometimes I ask myself if I would even be making much of a difference? Sometimes I look around at the average people we have in this country today. Most of them don't care. Most of them will kill over $20 now. Nobody has respect or discipline anymore. Because of this, It makes it hard for the men and women, who serve in these types of positions every day, to find the motivation to do their best when they're defending this country. This article is a great boost of motivation for those like myself who plan on taking the ultimate risk to protect people in this country...whether they're ignorant or not.

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    about 4 years ago

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    Sheepdog267

    about 4 years ago

    1530 Comments

    Excellent article, Stew!

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    cp3409

    about 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    Gonna go run now!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Great Read!

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