If you’ve been training for long enough, you’ll have experienced the end of the so-called “honeymoon phase” of Jiu-Jitsu… When you stop feeling motivated to train all the time and, what’s more, when there are some days when you’d much rather stay at home and eat burritos than go out and train.
So, how are you supposed to make yourself train when you aren’t motivated to roll at all?
THE SECRET TO TRAINING WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL MOTIVATED
It all comes down to mindset. Even when you don’t feel motivated for training, there are ways to “trick” your brain into submission (pun intended).
Nick “Chewy” Albin shares how he does it:
So, it’s Sunday and I just got done working out… I don’t usually lift on Sundays, but sometimes – if I miss my workout during the week – I’ve got to get it done on Sundays. And today I was dragging, I really didn’t want to do it, but I knew that I needed to do it.
And so, for me, whenever I get into a position like that – whent it’s tough to get stuff started… Whether it’s lifting, Jiu-Jitsu, or if I’ve got a big pile of work to get done… I don’t get fixated on the “getting to it”, the start. I get fixated on how it’s going to feel afterwards.
It’s the feeling of accomplishment after training that makes pushing through worthwhile:
So if you’ve ever finished a workout, if you’ve ever finished a training session, if you’ve ever finished with getting done with all of your work – that’s a damn good feeling. And so I get focused on that part, the ending. Not so much on the start.
And that tends to help me get over any kind of lack of motivation that I have.
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