Being in the Fitness Industry for nearly 10 years , I often receive inquiries on how to stay motivated. I have always been athletic, but just like everyone else, staying motivated was a challenge at times.
It all started when I was about 8 years old. I dreamed of potentially obtaining a basketball scholarship to play NCAA basketball at The University of Massachusetts, where my favorite basketball player at the time, Marcus Camby, had played. I had bigger dreams of being drafted and play on the Women’s NBA team. As I grew up, I continued to experiment with different sports including track and field and volleyball. Thinking back on the first 14 years of my life, and reflecting on the drive, the hope, and the determination I felt back then, it felt like the sky’s the limit.
Over the years, the goals and direction on life had changed. It would be easy for me to say that I was born to be driven, determined, and motivated, but that was not the case. There was a lot of hurdles I had to jump over during my fitness journey, which were discouraging and demotivating at times.
What motivated me and kept me motivated? I would envision the big picture and bring myself back to how I felt when I was 14 longing for a basketball career, revisiting the feeling of determination and hope. I reviewed my goals an determined my long term and short-term goals, and also, created a plan to get there. About 4 years ago was when my interest diverted to Fitness Competitions. My interest sparked from reading fitness magazines and watching competitions. I made a promise to myself that I was going to get there one day (long term goal).
I started competing at a small regional show in Ontario where I won my height class. I eventually moved up to a provincial show where I placed in the top three. A year later, I had placed top four at my first National Show. There were times when I have doubted myself and questioned whether it was all worth it. I went back to my drawing board to re-asses my goals, and mapped out my thoughts and plans.
Eventually, I went on to compete at the largest amateur show in the world, which was one of my biggest fitness goals. The continuous progress and transformation, all motivated me. Envisioning where I could be a few weeks, months, even years from now pushes my motivation even further if I continue to work hard enough. I have come very far from that regional show personally, professionally, and as an athlete. It was a step by step process and I continue to keep that in mind to this day. My advice? Focus on the short –term goals to reach that long-term goal you’ve always dreamed of. Have a plan in place and map out your thoughts. Strive to grow, grow personally, professionally, and always live passionately. That is what drives me and keeps me motivated.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013