Thursday, September 29, 2005

On Motivation and the Masters Series


The first two titles of the Power 90 Masters Series are now available at Beachbody!

The first 2 titles are "Core Cardio" and "Plyo-Legs". And they have been designed to help people reach the next level after completing Power 90. And for those who want a comfortable bridge from phase 3-4 of Power 90 to the big mama, P90X, the Power 90 Masters series will take you there, gracefully, so you keep your momentum and stay motivated.

Speaking of motivation, the other day I was talking to two buddies, who were remarking how a mutual friend seemed forever frustrated by her weight.

One said "She needs to just resign herself that she's a big girl."

The other said "She's not getting younger. She says she wants to meet men. But it's not happening. She doesn't need to resign herself. She needs to do something."

To which the first replied "What she needs is for you to get off her back about it. She knows what she needs. The bottom line is, she needs to decide to be happy, no matter what, and then do what she needs to be healthy."
Interesting conversation to witness, especially as I see people who have amazing results with their first Power 90 round, then they struggle to keep that motivation through to the next phase of their fitness or weight loss when the mirror is telling them they look great.

The bottom line is, motivation changes. Some days it will be the desire to look great on a vacation, to impress someone at a reunion, or to be fit for a sports activity. But hopefully, ultimately, a person will find traction with a more substantial goal that makes exercise and portion control a habit in their lives.

For long term consistency, you just don't want to be pressing "play" to satisfy a demand of your ego. You don't want to be eating healthy because of how you might get down another dress size. You don't want to be looking in the mirror thinking, "If I just got that body part into shape, I'd be happy." That's a cycle you can never win. Because you will find that despite wins along the way, you will never be perfect enough, or thin enough, or as attractive as you want. Your ego will always find something to criticize when that's the way you train your mind to motivate you to take action. I think that kind of motivation is fine to drive flights of intensity, but in general, you need something more substantial if you want to maintain your results.

You want get traction into how the benefits of this lifestyle really can IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE. The most inspiring testimonials we've interviewed all have that theme; When you're fit, you can do more. When you are fit participate with people. When you are fit you struggle less with survival, and get on with living. When you eat right your body works better. When you eat right you have more energy. It all serves your moods, your patience, your zest, your outlook.

THAT'S THE TRACTION which we need to get to, to really get the benefits of these programs. And that does not happen by accident!

One of my favorite books is Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich." The philosophy of that book does not just apply to wealth creation, as he explains. It applies to anything you want to achieve. You need to make a habit of focusing your mind. That's where traction comes from. It is not by accident. It is by deliberate, conscious choice where people decide that, in this case, a healthy lifestyle is not optional.

My point is, focus your mind not on the ego benefits, but the short and long term health benefits of this lifestyle. Those benefits are for real and will never change. Of course, your ego will argue with you along the way that those benfits are not worth the effort. This is what I hear my mind say all the time when it's late and time to push play; "No no... let's just watch some TV. Hey look, the phone. Call Pizza Hut!" But if I want to create and maintain a success mentality, I need to control my mind to get traction on living this lifestyle.

I felt it was appropriate to reemphasize this as we look forward to the Hawaii trip as well. Many people from past trips have been so motivated for that trip that they peak, and then when that motivation is gone the day after the trip, they slide back into old habits. They let it all go. And then just a few months later, they disappear from the community in their self-imposed shame that their success celebration might have been a hoax on themselves. The weight came back. But I don't want to see that happen this year. (It's the main reason that each year we consider terminating that trip.)

Frankly, that's what the whole point of the "90 Day in-home boot camp" was in the first place. Getting people with no plan to change things, to commit to something for 90 days. "I can do anything for 90 days" is something we hear all the time. But we also hoped that people would take that 90 day success and find the momentum and will to keep at it. And more and more, we are hearing people say "I will now do this for the rest of my life."

I hope that's true, and I hope it is for you too.

This lifestyle is a conscious decision, and sometimes that requires discipline and focused thought. That's the traction that will give you the energy and power to get the most out of life. Yes, the ego will enjoy the change in appearance, but you can't let the ego run the show. The real motivation has to come from a healthier place. And if you make that part of the work, you might actually enjoy the workouts more too.

5 comments:

leannwoo said...

Wooohoo! I beat MaryCec! :)

Great information Carl! As usual! I'm looking forward to the master series. Yet another BB workout to add to my arsenal.

Anonymous said...

Carl,

Has it really only been four days between your blogs??? I love to read them and this is exactly why!! It's not "buy my product, buy my product, buy my product!!" It's talking to us like we aren't idiots.

I agree that it's all about motivation for a new lifestyle, fitness ability, outlook on life, etc. We have said so many times on the boards that the REAL power of BeachBody is the change that it makes to people's psyches. The difference from Day 1 to Day 90 physically is impressive, but not as impressive as the change in self-perception. We see ourselves through new eyes and learn to turn off all the "babble" in our heads and focus on what is really important: HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR LIFE!! Not looking good in cute jeans (though that is an obvious added perk), but having no heart disease, no high cholesterol, no high blood pressure, medications for these ailments being cancelled by docs because the patient actually took their advice to eat right and exercise (shocker, right?), being able to DO those activities we've always watched from the sidelines, etc. I could go on and on and probably am!! :)

So, I'll say it once again, BeachBody ROCKS!!

Happy Friday to my WOWY/KPP buddy,
Sarah/Psalm9567

Anonymous said...

ok i'm glad that the 1st two workouts are available. when are the rest of them coming out and how many more are there? if we order this can we get the complete package? i have been waiting a long time and don't want to get this in bits and pieces.

Mary Mc said...

Great post, Carl! I'm well aware that a person can't just focus on some event, like the Hawaii trip. It's important to focus on the long term goals, like better health, feeling good, and being strong enough to do fun activities and sports you love to do. That way you're motivated to always work out and stay in shape! It is definitely a lifelong commitment!

Mary Mc

DivaM said...

Carl, there is always ebb and flow, good days and bad days. I have been doing Beachbody programs (mainly Tony's) since January of 2003. Thanks God he makes a point of making it fun. With 5 kids it is not an option to get out of the house an hour a day to persue a cretain sport. I am so thankful that I have fun options available from my BB library to do at home in my family room.

I chose to get into shape with Power 90 to drop all the extra weight I was carrying. Now it is a routine thing in my schedule....like laundry and dishes. I still have minor goals, like looking good in my jeans and such but the ultimate goal was always life long health and fitness.

I have family members that have weight issues. Morbid obesity is one of the issues. I hope in some way my continued example will inspire change in those I love.

So here's to staying on the path of health and fitness!

Cheers! Diva