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Lack motivation? Learn how to control the situation

Lack motivation? Learn how to control the situation


Sometimes we try to control things that we don’t have any power over. This can overwhelm us with feelings of disappointment, causing us to act out of character.  Everybody responds differently to a loss of control. Learning about our triggers can help us to pinpoint the mechanisms of our discomfort and our loss of motivation. In my experience, the people who have control over you don’t realize how much they influence your behaviour. When somebody shares a strong remark with you, the phrase may still resonate with you years into the future. While they probably forgot about the whole event, it might still be tearing you down. You will bring exactly what they said to light and eventually assume that identity.


This is why a positive fitness community is so important.  If you're in a fitness environment full of doubters who watch, stare, and judge your every action, it'll influence your behaviour. Instead of powering through your workout, you lose focus and become concerned about the negative energy around you. The burning sweat that you bring to the gym will transform into a cold chill of worry, anger and frustration. In reality, none of this is happening.


I am here to tell you that the control is yours. Feel the way you want to feel, no matter what anyone says. You have the control to pick yourself up, dust the negativity off, and get back in the game. Nobody else has the right to control your emotions. You earn your progress. You live your progress. You have the ability to control your the emotions that stem from your progress. Control is yours for the taking, if you choose to accept it.

This is an article by PumpUp member @inspiredone. Find out more about him on his PumpUp page! How did you take control of your emotions today? Let us know in the comments below!

What happens when you learn to take yourself just as you are

What happens when you learn to take yourself just as you are


There is only one you. Take yourself just as you are. No matter how hard we try to turn ourselves into something different, the reality is that we are who we are. The beauty of it is is that we are all unique and beautifully crafted. Being who you are will allow others to see a different perspective on life. It allows for you to show talents that you cultivated for yourself, and somebody else can benefit from it. Cherishing that piece of you will allow others to see that they do not have to act different to be accepted. Challenging the odds takes on a new meaning for somebody who accepts things as they are and for who they are.

Bettering our self-image or our self-esteem is always a great thing. Striving every day to be better than who you were the previous day is a challenge, but it's rewarding. Be cautious: striving to be the best shouldn’t mean that you're trying to be someone different. It's not fair to give off a wrong impression.

The poem below sums up exactly what it means to take yourself just as you are. Others will have no choice but to follow suit. Some won't like it; most will try to change it; few will accept it; all will have to respect it.

Take Me, As I am

Accept Me, As I am 

Criticize Me, As I am 

Compliment Me, As I am

We are like no other, as we are uniquely designed. 

We are like no other, no other in mind.

Live life to the fullest as best as you can.

We are born to live life, Just As I am.

Displaying the true you will not only bring more people your way, it will allow others to see their own self-worth. Who you are will matter. Who you are will be noticed. Who you are will be rewarded. You will be accepted one way and one way only when you learn to take yourself, just as you are.

This is an article by PumpUp member @inspiredone. Find out more about him on his PumpUp page! Did you give somebody a positive affirmation today? Let us know what it was in the comments below!

Why everybody needs positive affirmation

Why everybody needs positive affirmation


We are all motivated by something in our lives. It may be something we see or hear, it may be a thought that comes into our minds that makes us acts a certain way. These thoughts may fire us up to achieve all the dreams and desires that’s burning inside, or they may make you determine that something needs to change in your life. It can be as easy as changing something in their daily routine that others catch a glimpse of. It can be stepping out in a crowd where everyone else is standing back. The step that is taken in that moment can be a motivator for someone to step up or out in his or her own world.

Circumstances can be motivational. For example: going to a department store to shop for skinny jeans. They don't always fit the way you want them to. As discouragement sets in, your attitude won't be the same because the outfit you set out to purchase in your mind is not the outfit that you see on yourself in the mirror. What is the next step? Motivation can go a few different ways. You can be de-motivated and not do anything, or you can be motivated to do something about it.

Positive affirmation is exactly what we need, but often times neglect. Not everybody has high self esteem, but we can lift somebody's spirits by helping them to validate their worth. People want to know that someone is in their corner; someone fighting on their behalf even if they may not be right. The fact that someone is standing beside them will make them feel better.

We see this play out in numerous situations and circumstances. Take a person who just started working out at the gym. They are working out on the machines and they are reading the instructions. They know that this is not familiar to them and they are a little nervous. They are wondering, who is watching me? Am I doing this right? Why am I here, why do I care? Why do other people care? Affirming that what that person is doing in the gym will make them feel comfortable in the gym. It will answer all those questions of who is watching, why are they there, why do people care, etc. Go up to somebody. Simply saying, “You’re doing a great job” will do wonders for the confidence of that individual. It will take what they thought was a waste of time and make it become one of the highlights of their day.

Positive affirmations

This is an article by PumpUp member @inspiredone. Find out more about him on his website, Did you give somebody a positive affirmation today? Let us know what it was in the comments below!