Unmotivated =/= Impossible

About a year ago, a friend asked me for some advice: “What’s a good workout for your core?”

Instead of doing tons of crunches, I recommended the plank.

I am not the Asian pictured

He wasn’t too keen on the suggestion, but I encouraged him to try it out. I wanted to find a way for him to add it regularly into his other routines, so I pitched the idea of holding 60 minutes of plank in a month.

I started a group on Fitocracy, just in case others wanted to join in, and the response has been HUGE! Some people got addicted, pushing themselves to hit double or even triple the amount in thirty days. I know a few who’ve branched off and started a group to reach 60 minutes in a single day.

yo dawg, that’s crazy

I’d say it’s one of the most active groups on the site. I have a hard time keeping up with all 2,500+ members.

But lately, there’s a certain trend I’ve noticed on the feed. A lot of people are talking about how they’re losing interest… how they’re feeling unmotivated. And the thing is, I’m in the same boat! Planks can be tedious. Planks can be boring.

But here’s the most important thing to keep in mind: planks are doable.

And with all the things in life that are out of my hands, I need more things that give me a sense of being in control. Exercise is one of those things– and it’s a really good thing!

But I think sometimes people put so much pressure on themselves. They think, “Once I jump on board, I’ve got to keep momentum 110%.”

And as much as I appreciate that enthusiasm, I think that’s a lot less doable. Besides, you don’t need that type of motivation to reach your goal. All you need is determination.

If you’re faced with a task you don’t want to do, that’s fine. But, a loss of motivation does not mean something is impossible to do.

You can do it. You got this!

Published by Jon Dao

Formerly, the Conversation Coach

2 thoughts on “Unmotivated =/= Impossible

  1. Hey that is AWESOME that you started the Plank Challenge group! I probably think about my monthly plank total multiple times a day (even if I don’t act on the thought often enough…). Great idea, and cool blog! If you have other language learning tricks, please share! 🙂

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