Muay Thai Motivation – Part 3 Re-Action
You have accumulated all of the motivation and resilience possible . If you followed the four preparation steps in Part 1 and the three action steps in Part 2 you have created and acted out a solid plan for staying motivated.
Now comes the tough part – keeping the consistency we spoke of in part two of this article. Things become mundane, sadly the glory of winning your 8th fight is not the same as your first. The fifth title doesn’t feel the same as the first time you were called champ, and there seems to be an inevitable time that comes.. a time where you question doing this despite every effort made towards staying motivated.
It’s time to bounce back.
8. New Stimulus
It’s a phenomenon. We strive to become comfortable, but once we reach the point of comfort in whatever it is that we do, we are no longer as interested. There is no motivation because our brain is no longer stimulated by challenge.
Comfort is the enemy of growth, it is the opposite of challenging yourself – begin to view comfort in this way.
It applies to relationships – “we lost the spark, we got comfortable.”
It applies to the ring – “he got too comfortable and got caught”
It applies to life – “I got too comfortable with the 9:00-5:00, we didn’t have to worry about a thing, but we also weren’t living, we forgot about our passions and chasing dreams.”
Think about it. Anytime you tried something you have never done before, it was exciting because of its mystery. The first fight – the brain reacting to a new stimulus, getting ready for the unknown. It was exciting and stressful. This stress and excitement was priming you to be ready for this new experience, the experience of putting your life on the line inside of the ring.
Over time you know the feeling. You become familiar with it. It becomes a part of you. It’s good because it helps you to relax inside the ring, but it’s dangerous in training because it makes you stale. Break the mundane routine and..
Train at a different gym – most gyms offer open sparring days – this is an amazing way to meet new people, to create new relationships, and to gain that feeling of excitement again.
Try a different style, if you are a traditional Thai Boxer, add some Dutch kickboxing to your repertoire, go to your local boxing gym – mix things up.
9. Complete Re-Focus
Once you have gone through the cycle of every step listed thus far, it is time to re-focus yourself. Ask the tough questions again – perhaps your reasons have changed.
We begin on a journey of self improvement, but it’s easy to lose focus along the way. Remember the reasons for WHY you begin, but let yourself evolve – coming up with new goals, new reasons, bigger goals, bigger reasons WHY.
Buster Douglas – His why was greater than that punch, it was greater than defeat.
Refocusing, first and foremost takes honesty. You can look at all of the reasons why things are getting harder and continue to complain to ease the stress, but when has that ever changed the situation? I ran into this problem whilst simultaneously writing this article…
..As I committed myself more to this website, to my training, to the podcast, to work, and to my clients, I begin to burn the candle at both ends. Each task seemed like a chore rather than an efficient use of time, I lost motivation, but forced myself to do everything in my normal regimen. Despite my best efforts I was no longer enjoying what I did, nothing was enjoyable; food, training, writing, people – the things I love most.
This was a sign to do some introspective work. I ran for hours, I did Yoga multiple times per week, I meditated, only to come to a simple conclusion. I was only looking at the things I “had to do”, I was talking to my peers about how busy I am, I was complaining to myself about how little time I have, how I don’t get to enjoy myself, I spent very little time focusing on facts and action.
That negative self talk was making the problem worse, refocusing on reality made things more manageable to dissect. I was complaining about how little time I had, but I wasn’t using my time efficiently, I was doing “busy work” – getting stuck in the caves of social media. I procrastinated on projects and I let the stress of this seep into other facets of my life, affecting my training, my clients, and ultimately my motivation.
Be honest with yourself, refocus on the goals you have set and more importantly WHY you set them. Why you had the drive and positive energy in the first place to make it happen.
10. Have Fun
Sounds cliché I know, but how often do we overthink things? How often do we take our hobbies, our interests, so seriously that they become a chore rather than an escape? If this was your escape, remember it as such.
You often see how relaxed the Thais are in the ring, they stay loose. Everything flows smoothly, no one is a better example of this than Saenchai. Imagine applying this same technique to your work, to your training. Focused, but fun. I often sing at work, I smile for no reason, I create random conversation – it not only sends a surge of feel-good hormones throughout my body, but it changes the energy in the room altogether.
Everywhere you go, the mood is set by energy. Be the one to set the mood, set the pace. Frustration and tightness leads to restraints and mistakes, while relaxation and looseness leads to focus and creativity.
Be honest with yourself. Perhaps you tell yourself that you have already done a number of these things to no avail. The fact of the matter is that each tactic doesn’t work on its own, rather, they work synergistically with one another. We must be able to plan, to act out our plan and to re-act to any obstacles that come our way. In each step we must focus on our WHY. Stay motivated because for every person that gives up, for every person that forgets their why, for every person who loses motivation and quits, there becomes more room for someone like you, who refuses to give up.
Paul Banasiak is a Muay Thai fighter/addict, 6x champion, trainer, and fitness professional. After leaving medical school without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, creating MuayThaiAthlete.com. A website for those who are already passionate individuals that want to take their life&training to the next level.
Today we begin forging our bodies and
strengthening our minds.
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