Motivational Tips from Silvio

We’re in the midst of summer, and for most, New Year’s resolutions have already dissolved and are long forgotten. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time but then gradually lose focus, fire, desire and drive. Read on for motivational tips from Silvio Simac.

Our environment, nature and universe evolved through the challenges; our environment changes and adapts according to the stimulus presented. It is a natural law of evolution.

Challenge = change

For instance if we challenge our body with progressively resisting stimulus, it will adapt, change and get stronger according to the challenge presented in order to survive future stresses. The same idea works for our mind and our soul.

As the saying goes “No Pain, No Gain”. No challenge, no change.

Self-motivation--bench-press

On our quest for personal excellence we turn to numerous sources for knowledge, information and guidance. In order to map out our journey one has to plan a strategy, for failing to plan, we plan to fail. Therefore it is fundamental we identify where we currently stand and where we want to go. Along this path or journey it is vital we set milestones and peaks with pre-determined goals and points at which we reflect back, renew our targets and motivation.

There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but you can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

Your attitude determines your altitude

Self-motivation--bicep-curls

  1. Be willing to leave your comfort zone. The greatest barrier to achieving your potential is your comfort zone. Great things happen when you make yourself familiar with your discomfort zone.
  2. Keep learning. The more you learn, the more confident you become in starting your journey. In the same way you map out your journey before you drive to your desired destination.
  3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. We learn profoundly from them.
  4. Don’t indulge in self-limiting thinking. Think empowering, expansive thoughts.
  5. Choose happiness. Happy people are easily motivated. Happiness is your birthright and human nature so don’t settle for anything else.
  6. Spend at least one hour a day in self-development. Read good books, meditate or listen to inspiring audio. Driving to and from work provides an excellent opportunity to listen to self-improvement audio.
  7. Finish what you start. So many of us become scattered as we try to accomplish a task. Finish one task before you begin another.
  8. Live fully in the present moment. When you live in the past or the future you dilute the essence of life and aren’t able to make things happen in the present.
  9. Never quit when you experience a setback or frustration. Enjoy the journey rather than merely waiting to reach your destination. Each step counts. Set yourself time specific, realistic, short term as well as long term goals.
  10. Dream BIG. If there is anything to the law of expectation then we are moving in the direction of our dreams, goals and expectations.

Self-motivation--push-ups

All of us have an untapped energy source that can be drawn upon to bring about superior results. Enhancing motivation is fundamentally about a change of attitude, developing a positive ‘can do’ mindset and engaging in systematic behaviours – the short-term process goals – that facilitate improvement.

Throw away your vanity and pursue internal objectives. Learn to recognize the difference between internal and external motivations. The Martial Way is a discipline devoted to the perfection of character, not the collection or prizes and praise. Beware of rank; train to achieve personal excellence; not certificates and belts. Remember all systems are artificial. There is only one true Martial Way.

The extraordinary thing about Martial Art is that you work through your own body and build a relationship with it in order to understand about the power of balance through your own experiences. This direct understanding will then begin, quite naturally, to find its way into the other primary areas of your being, namely your mind and your emotions. Then, slowly, a new perception of yourself will begin to emerge where the body, mind and emotions work in dynamic harmony with each other, bringing extensive integration of “oneness” with yourself and your environment.

Stay focused and motivated. Have your daily dose of 5 D’s:

  1. Dream
  2. Desire
  3. Discipline
  4. Determination
  5. Dedication

Self-motivation--chin-ups

Okay, so you’ve read about the core root of motivation and hopefully you’ve been able to relate to at least a few of the ideas presented. That’s the first step, understanding the theory and psychology of it.

How do you translate this into gains for yourself? How can you realise these benefits in your own life? Only one way friends, YOU HAVE TO TAKE ACTION!

Action Plan

Every sport and every athlete, needs to nurture various aspects of their sport to varying degrees. Those aspects can be summed-up under the S-Factor:

  • Skill
  • Strength
  • Speed
  • Stamina
  • Suppleness
  • Strategy

Neglecting one of these components is like removing a small part out of a transistor radio. No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, it will cease to work therefore you need to:

  • Identify what components you require to nurture in the process of training.
  • Devise a progressive training program to meet the needs and requirements of your chosen activity.
  • Map out a time specific and realistic goal/target.

Enjoy the journey.

“Dream your life then, live your dream”

Silvio


 

Disclaimer
Our aim is to present useful, clear and informative information. As with anything however, please take advice from your doctor or nutritionist before embarking on any changes to your diet or undertaking physical exertion.

Silvio is a title winning martial artist; he is a Taekwon-do World Gold Medallist, 14 time British and 4 time European Champion. He's also an action star and provides personal one-to-one training.

1 Comment
  1. Reply
    Jing Li August 7, 2014 at 2:22 am

    These are great tips for daily, motivated practice. Nice, positive tone to this article, thanks for sharing!

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