Merry Monday! Let’s do this! We all could use a bit of motivation to get rolling on Monday. On Mondays, I like to share a Mantra or short inspirational message. If the message resonates with you, use to motivate yourself in training or life. Do you have your own awesome Mantra? Please share it below in the comments.
“Long term consistency trumps short term intensity” – Bruce Lee
I’ve been dealing with some sub par results lately. I was starting to question why I race and train so hard, and don’t always get the results I want. Paging Shawn, pity party table for one. Then I took a step back and looked over a longer time frame. I have been consistently improving year to year. By training purposefully and consistently, I have continued to improve. There have been peaks and valleys, but over all my times have improved. For me the key to improvement is to train consistently, and eventually I will reach my goal. When I start to have doubts because of recent results, I need to step back and look at the long term trend.
Below is a video from six time IM world champ Mark Allen. Mark dnf’d his first IM Kona, and one second place finish sent him to the hospital. In all, it took time seven attempts to win his first IM world championship. Mark is a true example of consistent training and improvement.
Do you have along term goal right now, that is not going as planned? Do you want to quit? Or do you keep taking step forward with consistency until you get where you want to go?
3 thoughts on “Motivation Monday – The key to long term results”
My “training goal” is pretty sketchy, but it covers a lot – or there’s a lot to it unsaid. My goal is simply to be faster and stronger than last year. It’s going excellently as well. Just keep riding hard and enjoying my time in the sun. It’s all good.
Great post and thanks for giving me something fun to think about.
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Great reminder. I’m a big fan of thinking about the big picture and long term goals. While it’s good to stay present, and take ownership for current choices – it can be easy to get bogged down by a bad workout or a bad week or even a bad season. Ultimately my consistency is in how the multiple years add up. I’m very proud of how long and gradual my journey has been.
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I don’t have a long-term goal, except maybe trying to find a good balance between running and family. That’s a challenge in itself!