He has trained the likes of Lauren Brant, Lara Bingle, Sally Obermeder, Carissa Walford and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Celebrity trainer, lifestyle and performance coach Blake Worrall-Thompson has now provided Swank & Roche readers with an exclusive article on his reasons for 'why motivation isn't going to help you'!
Here is what he has to say....
By: Blake Worrall-Thompson
When someone asks me about the secret to motivation, I find it a rather hard subject to talk about. Not because it makes me uncomfortable or it’s something that I’ve never experienced before, but instead, because I don’t really believe in it.
Most people would be absolutely shocked to learn this – they’ve come to think that those super successful people in this world must have some magical motivational gene that keeps them going regardless of what life throws in their way.
But, from my own personal experience, not just with myself but with others whom I would consider to be highly successful individuals, this isn’t how it goes.
Motivation is something that does come and go, for me, for you, and for everyone else. We all have those moments when we’d just rather ‘not’. This is normal and natural and there’s nothing out there that will shield you from those feelings. They will come, so it’s all about being prepared for them.
The Bigger Secret To Success
What I feel is the bigger secret to success is not having sky-high motivation levels, but rather, having the tenacity to get sh*t done. It’s about recognizing the fact that yes, those bad days will come and you won’t want to do it. But, if you want to succeed, you have to do it anyway.
If you simply rely on being motivated to get you through, simply put, you’re screwed. You simply won’t be able to fight through those hard days and at some point or another, you’re going to fall down and not get back up.
Instead, you need to rely on a game plan – a vision if you will – of what you will achieve if you keep putting one foot ahead of the other. You need to pinpoint exactly what your goals are and what it will take to reach them. Then, on those extremely trying days when you just don’t feel like continuing, you can use this to help you put one foot in front of the other.
There’s no superhero gene that some people possess and others don’t. It’s simply a matter of getting back up when setbacks occur and keeping on keeping on. Push forward – strive for that long term vision you see for yourself.
Sticking with it is the real key to success. When you have a vision and game plan you believe in, sticking with it will become easier. It won’t be easy – nothing good in life usually is, but it will be manageable.
My Advice For You
To conclude, when asked about motivation, this is what I tell people:
1. Don’t rely on motivation to carry you because it won’t always be there for you.
2. Focus on building good habits, being consistent, and doing things that you are passionate about and fully committed to.
3. Understand that change by no means comes easy and there will be times when you’ll feel like you’re climbing up the steepest hill in your life to get to the finish line. This may persist for a day, a week, or even a month or two. You have to keep climbing.
4. Realize that at some point, that grind will become so natural it’ll take far less effort. You’ll feel like this is what you’ve been waiting for.
5. Only at this point should you ever shift your focus. Up until then, it should be laser sharp, focusing on only this objective.
6. Build an accountability group. It’ll help keep you consistent.
7. Talk less, act more. Don’t sit by the sidelines ‘preparing’ – get out there and do it.
Use these and you won’t believe in motivation anymore either.