So what a week – been at home a little more the last week so pushing hard with training – combining strength and endurance work, with running, with walking up Holcombe Hill carrying extra weight and wearing my big boots! J  Over 30 miles in the last week and over 110 miles so far in November! We also got snow – so it felt a little more like walking in the high Andes – well, not really, but it was colder and slippery!  I also picked up the rest of my gear this week, including the stuff I have hired, ice axe (eeeeek!!!) and crampons!  Seriously scary bits of kit!

It has been an ongoing challenge to motivate myself to keep pushing hard as I have now been training properly for the best part of 6 months – having a goal at the end is really important, but I have also found that setting weekly goals and targets has been key! I have focussed on ensuring that I do at least 4 “sessions” a week – so this has made it a bit easier to stay committed to the cause on a weekly basis.

The other motivation trick I have stolen with pride comes from the British rowing quartet at the Beijing Olympics, they had a question they would ask themselves whenever a decision was required. “Will it make the boat go faster?” For the last couple of months now I have been asking myself “will it help me get up the mountain?” So when I am reluctant to roll out of a comfy warm bed at 06.20 to go out into the cold and wet and walk up a hill, or it is lashing down and there is a choice between going for a run and staying in by the fire, I have gained real benefit and impetus by asking myself the question.  When you say it out loud, the answer is obvious and this has really helped get my backside in gear and get on with what I need to do! You never regret afterwards going for a run, walk or doing an exercise session! 🙂

Interestingly I have just ordered a TED recommended book – ‘Payoff: The Hidden Logic that Shapes our Motivations’ – so it will be interesting to see what additional insights that brings.

I was reflecting on my first blog and the answer to “why do it Rich?” I guess that becomes clearer, to create personal and practical experiences to support and enable me to offer insights and experience that might motivate and inspire others to do things they want to.  To that end – just reflecting on the challenge of motivation I think I would conclude with 3 key principles.

  1. Have a strong and compelling reason for why you want to do something – we connect with why at a deep emotional level and if you can’t, no matter how compelling the what, if you don’t truly believe in the why it is unlikely to happen.
  2. Have an absolutely compelling vision of what you want to achieve, become, do, create – the richer it is in terms of emotional, rational and intellectual logic and reference the better!
  3. Break it down into manageable bite size chunks – this makes it easier to create momentum, easier to start notching up successes that you can celebrate and take confidence and energy from!

It’s not rocket science but always harder in practice, will see what the book says! Onwards and upwards!! 🙂


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