What Motivates You?


You can ask anyone in the office — I am not a morning person.

My brain just doesn’t quite turn on until I’ve been awake for a couple of hours; then it’s like a switch has flipped and I’m rearing to go. I don’t always like this aspect of myself, but I’ve learned I need to accept it and simply change how I respond to people. There’s a way to be tired and polite, just as there’s a way to be tired and cranky. I usually resort to the latter.

So with all of that said, I did something unexpected yesterday: I coached the 6 a.m. at my gym yesterday.

The typical Zombie Coach was out of town and needed a sub. I figured I couldn’t say I hated coaching that early unless I had actually tried it. And I did hate it at first when my alarm went off at 5 a.m. I also kind of hated it when my key didn’t work in the door; thankfully the owner came in the nick of time to help.

But, as things got going and we dove into the WOD, I started to move past that initial feeling of hatred. I saw athletes who had got up before dawn to get their workout in. I saw people dedicated to pursuing a healthier lifestyle. They were like my night classes, just really good at working out much, much earlier. And it was hard not to be motivated by them to then go about my day with a similar fire.

Although there is no way I would ever want to coach a 6 a.m. class every day, I was grateful for the opportunity yesterday. I even thanked the typical Coach for entrusting me with his Zombies. They were a solid bunch that moved well; I am always inspired by them.

I suppose that’s what I want to get across from you today, Affiliate. The daily tasks might be tedious; the weeks might be hard; the hours might be long. I did not want to get up at the break of dawn to coach people initially, but I am so glad I did. I don’t want to ever forget being inspired by those I coach, realizing I do what I do for them. And I don’t want you to forget that either, especially when business gets hard.

So, I want you to take 15 minutes today and step out into your gym. Watch a class if you can’t coach one. Remember what it was like at the beginning of your business. Spot athletes who have come far in their journey. Recognize those who are consistent. Ultimately, be inspired by the awesomeness happening in your gym.

If that doesn’t motivate you to do business, I don’t know what will.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.