Fear the Mediocre: thoughts on a new way to motivate yourself.

Some of us struggle with motivation. We start out strong with all the right intentions, but start to fade when things get tough or we don’t see results within a perceived timeframe. I’ve spoken previously on the importance of discipline over motivation, but it’s still important to have motivation. How can we keep motivated when things start getting tough? 

As a young kid and a teen, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to do, I never knew how to answer them. In fact, in my mind my answer was “I don’t want to do anything!”. I wasn’t a very motivated person at all until I began my final year of university and started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the first time. Even then it took me another 2 years to dedicate myself properly to training and improving. I’ve come to understand that if you want to stay motivated, you have to trick your mind. 

The brain is a funny thing, and I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m no specialist. What I have figured out about the brain, and more importantly the mind, is that if we can trick out mind into constantly motivating us on a subconscious level, the rest is far simpler.

Our mind and body has a very strog reaction to fear. When we see a spider crawl over us or something alarming, our brain immediately goes into fight or flight mode. So learn to fear mediocrity in the same way. The idea of being average or mediocre should be terrifying! What’s worse than living in unfulfilling and average existence? Your daily fight should be against mediocrity; madly pursue those things that will make you feel great and desperately scramble to achieve lofty goals.

Fear mediocrity. This should be all the motivation you need when you’re feeling lazy. When that second training session feels like it’s going to be to hard and you just feel like sitting and watching Netflix, channel that fear. Ask yourself what is worse; a little bit of hard work or a lifetime lacking any respectable achievement? 

Now get out there and work against the average. Be better, work harder and fear being just another “run of the mill” person.


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