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Motivational Techniques – Continuous Learning

Learning promotes growth.  If you’re not learning then you’re not growing.  It’s healthy for the brain and you’re never too old to learn something new.  Try and learn something new every day through reading, listening or doing.  Continuously learning new things will help you become open to take on things you didn’t think you could do before.

Learning is important to motivation.  Try and get into a routine of learning something new each day.  This will help stimulate your brain cells and increase your overall motivation.  If you’re a baseball player then try and watch a professional swing a bat and then try it out for yourself.  Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t but at least you know something new about how to swing a bat.

Your mind and body have to be challenged.  Otherwise, you run the risk of maintaining status quo and possibly getting stuck.  The definition of insanity is to do something the same way over and over again and expect a different result.  It doesn’t matter what age you are because we are all guilty of getting stuck in the same old way of doing things.

If you challenge yourself on a daily basis then you’re more likely to advance and complete the goals you’ve set out for yourself.  So get out there and learn something new!

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Motivational Techniques – Keeping Good Company

Hanging out with positive people is one of the best ways to be motivated.  You should talk to someone positive at least once a day.  Many of the ways you can have a positive encounter with people include in person, over the phone, and over the computer.  Try to make this a habit on a daily basis.

Some people are not very social.  They might go days without talking to others.  This is very unhealthy.  If you are one of these people who is not a very social person and find that you don’t have many encounters with others you probably also are not too motivated to succeed also.  This doesn’t mean you have to be a social bug.  What this means is that you need to feed your need for positive interaction.  You don’t have to see the other person either.  There are techniques you can practice to encounter others positively without even seeing them in person.  How you do these things is up to you but this is very important.

Keeping good company means hanging out with others who are supportive of you and your goals for life.  You want people to support you and believe in you too.  If you have goals to be successful in athletics you should hang out with people who are supportive.  If you are around people who are negative about your endeavors and not supportive then you will not feel good about it at all.  Cut the negativity out.  If these people are family members it could be the most difficult decision you ever made.  However, it will be the best thing you can do for you.  If people are not supportive or positive then cut them out.

The most common way you can have an encounter with someone on a daily basis is to talk to people.  You should have regular encounters with positive people.  The best way to start your day is to have a morning conversation with a positive person.  This is an excellent way to start your day and put you in a great mood for the day.  You will already start the social side of you so when you get the day started you won’t feel like such a grouch.

If you do not have time in the mornings to have a conversation with someone then try and find time to talk over the phone.  Just make sure it’s someone that will make you feel good about yourself.

The next best thing would be to use the internet to find someone to chat with that is positive.  Find a group in the sport that you’re training for so you can also be talking about similar goals.  You can motivate each other.

Negativity can almost be infectious in some situations.  You want to be sure the people you are talking to are positive.  If the person you choose to hang out with is a negative person who is always complaining and who sees the negative side of everything they might not be who you want to help you become motivated.  Negativity will only bring you down and cause you to be negative too.

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Motivational Techniques – Keeping It Simple

When thinking about motivation the first thing you need to do is create your space around you at home or around a locker.  This space needs to remain simple and positive.  The things around you have a lot to do with the way you feel and if you will be motivated or stuck in a funk.

Your space should contain and display items that make you feel positive about life and about reaching goals.  If you have goals and things you would like to do it might be a good idea to post these things on the wall of your room or locker.  This way you have a constant reminder of the things you would eventually like to do.

Only you know where you would like to be in the future.  You should create your space as a constant and positive reminder that you are working to get there.  Create a positive atmosphere around you no matter where you are.  This also includes the car you drive if you are old enough to drive.  You would be surprised how good you will feel when you clean your space.

A clean space make a really big deal when you need motivation.  If you find yourself sitting in mounds of trash, paperwork, clothes then you might have the attitude you are never going to complete the things you need done.  A messy space can be frustrating and depressing.  It may cause you to procrastinate and even be disorganized with your thoughts as well as your work.

A messy space can be depressing and disabling.  Many people will sit around procrastinating for hours in a messy space.  It’s amazing how good a clean space can make you feel.  You will feel great and ready to take on anything if you just clean your space.  Get rid of those clothes which have been sitting in the closest for years that you haven’t worn once.  Clean house means create a new space that is positive and ready for the new to come into your space.  Get rid of all of the old.

Keeping it simple has a lot to do with the way you feel and the attitude you have when you wake up in the morning.  Clean up the spaces you live in and make a positive atmosphere for you to enjoy and want to have a good day.  You will finally see the goals as achievable rather than sit around thinking about them.

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Motivational Techniques

Motivation is what keeps us going.  it is the reason people succeed and the reason people fail.  Motivation is the drive someone has to compete a task.  The ingredients of motivation are combined with many factors which include simplicity, attitude, the people you hang around, the way you think, knowing yourself, helping other people and so much more.

Motivation is the spark everyone needs to make it throughout the day, to set and meet goals, and more.  Without motivation you will fail.  When you have apathy toward something you are not motivated because you couldn’t care either way.  This is the worst attitude you can have because it isn’t negative either.  Someone who feels this way isn’t capable of achieving anything because they don’t care if they do or not.  If you are feeling this way then this website is exactly what you need to overcome your attitude and begin feeling motivated again.

When you know how to remain motivated with yourself you can also help others because your attitude will be contagious.  When you practice daily motivational techniques eventually they will come to you naturally.  It will take time for you to begin to naturally practice and follow these techniques.

Check back next week for the motivational techniques.

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The Power of Being Positive

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar


It gets tough when training for a sport.  Some days you feel like quitting while other days you feel like you’re on top of the world.  Unfortunately, sometimes there are more tougher days and it becomes difficult to keep going.  The ones that excel in their sport are the ones that find a way to push through those days because they know it will be worth it when their goal is reached.  As an athlete, practice means progress.  The more you practice and train the better you will be.  No ones perfect and no ones expects you to be.  It’s been proven time after time that constant and consistent effort day in and day out will result in positive results.

On the days when it gets tough, those are the days that reading an inspirational quote or story or even talking with someone you trust as well as watching a video can help keep you going.  Never give up and never give in.  Stay positive and look beyond today toward the goal you’re trying to reach.  If you can do that then positive results will happen.  You can and will accomplish your goal (s).  See the finish line and ALWAYS believe in yourself.  Constant and consistent effort is how you get through it.

Now get out there and go make progress toward your goal (s)!

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365 Motivational Quotes

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Motivational Quotes

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Thinking of doing an Ironman 70.3? Buy a training plan now

Then we may just have the plan for you.  It’s simple and effective to get the results you want.  Check out the training plan below !  If you’re not sure exactly what an Ironman 70.3 is then read further on what an Ironman 70.3 is here.

Even if you’re not interested in competing in that type of an endurance race then use the plan to help change up your current training to help make you a better swimmer, biker or runner.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.”
-Lou Holtz


Week # 1 Swim Bike Run Xtrain Strength
Day 1 Warmup: 100-200 freestyle, 2 x 50 kick; Main set: 4 x 100(15-20 seconds rest between sets); Cooldown: 100-200 your choice of stroke (total = 700-900)
Day 2 4 miles 30-45 min
Day 3 Warmup: 100-200 freestyle, 2 x 50 kick; Main set: 500 steady swim; Cooldown: 100-200 your choice of stroke (total = 800-1000) 15 miles
Day 4 4 miles 30-45 min
Day 5 Rest Rest Rest Rest Rest
Day 6 20 miles 30-45 min
Day 7 Warmup: 100-200 freestyle, Main set: 700 steady swim; Cooldown: 100-200 your choice of stroke (total = 900-1100) 5 miles

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Effort – It’s Between You and You

Very good article on USA Today on Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and motivational speeches. There are several good clips but the Ray Lewis one has a lot of great information. Here are a couple quick statements that were my favorite.

  • Effort – It’s between you and you.
  • If you want to do something; work at it!
  • What are you going to do with your time?

Here’s the clip!

Here’s the rest of the article on USA Today.  Motivational Speeches.

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Triathlon Quotes

“Winners make goals, losers make excuses!” – Unknown

“People do not lack strength; they lack will.” – Victor Hugo

“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you.  And you don’t have to listen.” – Nike

“A winner is a loser who was willing to fail and get up, fail and get up, fail and get up, fail and get up and win.” – Peter Zafra

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”  – Orison Swett Marden

“If what you did yesterday still looks big to you today, then you must not have done anything today.”

“Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.” – Unknown

“It’s important to know that at the end of the day it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process – what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands – those are things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or you’re an Olympic Champion.” – Silken Laumann

“Pain is a big fat creature riding on your back. The farther you pedal, the heavier he feels. The harder you push, the tighter he squeezes your chest. The steeper the climb, the deeper he digs his jagged, sharp claws into your muscles.” – Scott Martin

“You can quit if you want, and no one will care. But you will know the rest of your life.” – John Collins (Founder of The Ironman).

“Your brain is more active while you are sleeping than while you are watching TV.”

“The only limits in life are those you impose on yourself.”

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Oscar Pistorius – Truly an Inspiration

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa has accomplished something that no other athlete has.  As a double amputee runner, he not only qualified to run the 400 meters in the 2012 London Olympics but he made it to the 2nd round against able bodied runners. 

This feet is absolutely amazing to me.  He defies everything that we were taught growing up.  Someone who is missing the bottom half of his legs should not be able to run in the Olympics, but he did.  And he did it well.  He is truly an inspiration and I can’t wait to see what else he can do.  Check out this article on the Washington Post.