Monday Motivation and Fitspo – Focus on the positive

Today is Monday and #MondayMotivation and a bazillion Fitspo photos clog my social media.

For some reason we all just need that extra push on Monday.

POSITIVE! Promotes a great mindset and a great reminder to appreciate even the smallest success!

Be it that we fell off the wagon this past weekend or that we just need that little extra push to get going this week, many of us seem to seek out motivation on Monday.

And some of the motivational pictures, the fitspo that I see, I like. Others make me roll my eyes or simply don’t do anything for me.

I mean I think there is a ton of CRAP fitspo out there. A ton that does promote eating disorders and the belief that to be a bad-ass you need to push through the pain and risk injury….AKA BE STUPID.

negative fitspo

I do think there is a ton of CRAP and I wish I could sometimes give a swift punch to the face of the people who created it.

BUT I don’t think ranting against it is going to do anything no matter how stupid or pathetic or whatever I think the images are.

For one….Different things inspire and motivate change for each of us.. And while I may not agree with it, while I may think it promotes unhealthy habits, others may find it is the motivation they need to create healthy change. They just interpret it differently.

And two…I think the best thing I can do is create and promote what I consider to be healthy and positive fitspo. I believe we have to BE the change we want to see – we can’t just complain about things.

So when I choose fitspo or #MondayMotivation, I think of what motivates me. What encourages me to have positive self talk. What boosts me up and what helps me mentally overcome all the excuses.

For me it is often a VISUAL of the positive self-talk I want to use or a visual of my end goal or even the positive emotions I want to feel about myself.

For me it is about the POSITIVE RESULTS I want to create and the POSITIVE MINDSET I need to get there.

I believe the POSITIVE truly MOTIVATES. While those negative fitspos GUILT you into making changes.

And GUILT doesn’t last long, which means you probably aren’t going to stick with your new lifestyle for long. And guilt promotes changes being made in unhealthy ways to try to get results fast to change the way you feel about yourself.

Good fitspo should help boost you mentally to achieve your goals.

So stop focusing on all the crap fitspo that doesn’t help you. Stop complaining about all the stupid images out there.

Stop trying to GUILT yourself into achieving your goals.

And shoot…If there isn’t any fitspo out there that you like, MAKE YOUR OWN!

I know I did! 🙂

never give up

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Posted on October 28, 2013, in Body Image, Man Biceps, Mindset and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. It’s true – positive does SO much more to get me where I want to be than beating myself up or having negative people around me.

    Went to a new trainer guy today for help in getting from where I am now to where I wanna be… we went over pistols among other things I had questions about. I had been doing them on my own up on a box cuz I couldn’t get my leg sticking out horizontal enough to do them on the floor. He watched me.

    Then asked me to come to the floor and try it using a 10lb plate held out like a steering wheel as counter balance. I did a full on pistol squat on each leg… then I did it with a 5lb plate… then I did it with a 2.5lb plate. First time I’ve ever done pistols on the floor… how cool is that? PROGRESS ROCKS! No matter what it is.

  2. The first quote is what I tell my clients every session. We talk about their small victories and keep the mindset moving forward.

    (that’s awesome Shannon!)

  3. Some of those “motivational” quotes are just ridiculous. I love the last one though.

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