Staying motivated when it comes to your fitness routines require as much – or perhaps even more – mental work as your physical exercise training program. This is usually the reason why many people fail to stick to the goals they’ve set. New Year challenges or resolutions are perfect examples. We actually shared the post ‘More Stretching and Yoga’ and stated the goals for this year. But how many people out there gave up on their own challenges after just a month or two?
Jené Luciani of Shape.com relayed that not believing in yourself and giving up too easily are among the top reasons why people struggle to stick to their resolutions. It was emphasised how establishing benchmarks is crucial so you can monitor your development over time.
In addition, you need to find a source of positive reinforcement and aside from the support of your family and friends, another way to achieve this is by choosing a role model who can serve as your morale booster and inspiration who you can always all look up to.
Today, you can get your dose of motivation from one of the fittest people who’s ever walked the face of the Earth – Bruce Lee.
Even from looking at his appearance, you can already notice how dedicated Bruce Lee was when it came to his wellbeing. The Master’s ripped physique is still revered today and he is celebrated in photos, documentaries, movies and video games. There’s even an upcoming film called Birth of the Dragon which is meant to highlight his rise to Hollywood stardom due mainly to his mixed martial arts prowess. Then there’s the Bruce Lee mobile slots game which showcases the martial artist’s toned figure and iconic fighting poses. These are just a couple of examples and regardless of where you’ve seen or heard about the martial artist, it’s evident that Lee devoted his life to his fitness, disciplines, and philosophies.
So without further ado, here are 10 quotes from The Dragon to help you push yourself towards your fitness goals.
1. “The possession of anything begins in the mind.”
As stated earlier, working out is as much a mental exercise as it is physical. Thus, everything begins with the right mindset. Believe that you can do everything that you’ve set out to do and you will attain it.
2. “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
In relation to the previous item, there are of course times when you come up short. But the secret is in looking at how far you’ve come, setting new goals and picking up where you finished.
3. “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
There are tons of fitness routines out there. See what works for you as well as those that don’t. Then create a plan or program that will help you achieve your goals.
4. “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
This goes hand in hand with the first quote. If you’ve already set limitations in your mind, then your body will never be able to go past these boundaries.
5. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
This is for when your schedule is tight to the point of not feeling in the mood to work out. There are no excuses. You can always make time for exercise even if it’s just for a few minutes.
6. “Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.”
Along the way, you will encounter many realisations. Act on them immediately if necessary.
7. “Obey the principles without being bound by them.”
Certain fitness regimes follow a specific set of fundamentals that you can use as your foundation to create your own. Everyone’s body is unique so you must learn the routines that suit you.
8. “Be water, my friend.”
In connection with the previous quote, you need to be adaptable in training especially if you are engaging in multiple disciplines or varying types of exercise.
9. “Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
Never stop looking for new ways to further improve yourself. If you think you’ve reached your goal, make another that’s harder than the previous one.
10. “Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
Most important of all, be proactive and examine everything including advice from your greatest idols. You can test this already on everything we’ve discussed. Are they already hard enough, or can I make them even better for me to be able to achieve my purpose easier?