motivationWith the new year just around the corner, a lot of us are looking at the mirror and promising “this is the year I get in shape,” but where do we start? Motivation. Ask yourself, “what motivates me?” Whether it be to look better, be healthier, or live longer, it’s only you who can look deep down and find that inner motivation — the spark you’ll need — to ignite the flame inside. Without motivation, accomplishing any goal is a much harder task.

JonathanPersonally, my motivation came from certain words that were told to me by my high school teacher, coach, and friend. As a child and teenager, being in good physical shape was not something that came easily to me. I was overweight and out of shape — not a situation that I wanted to be. When I was 15, I was trying out for my high school volleyball team, and what was a simple player-coach interview turned into a life changing event. My coach told me that I really needed to “turn my diet around, exercise regularly and live a healthier lifestyle.” For me, that hit the spot. I found my motivation in the words of my coach and used it to reach my fitness goals. I was able to turn my life around — all because of a simple conversation I had with my coach when I was 15.

When you’re working towards your New Years Resolution this year, whatever that may be, it doesn’t matter what motivates you — as long as it does! There is no right or wrong answer.

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