After recently watching the latest UFC event I can see that alot of the fighters may have the technical side of things down but sadly they don’t have the mental hunger that is required to be an elite level performer, you can’t really teach this level of hunger but the great news is that there is a wide amount of things you can to train your brain to work and think differently, a work ethic is one thing but it’s another thing entirely to get your mind motivated and working at full speed over many years, the mind is normally the first thing to go.
To cultivate a strong work ethic you must be right mentally and also have alot of physical energy, this means you must invest heavily into keeping both your body and mind sound if you want to have enough long term staying power to create a lasting legacy, it’s all about trying to stay in the game for as long as possible but also understanding that things come and go and its normally due to the person in charge changing in some way.
You owe it to yourself to invest heavily into both your health and also your wellbeing, so few people actually do this it’s crazy, even elite level workaholics never give alot of time to workout out or things like meditation and positive thinking, it’s possible they think that doing more work is always a better move than taking time out but it happens quite often that people with this mentally normally burn out, you can only run for so long before you tire out, having some staying power is critical in todays world as trends come and go very easily.
One thing you can use to motivate yourself is by looking at your lasting legacy, when you own a business and others are relying on you then it’s added pressure but also an added bonus, if you have enough strong people around you then it’s easy to stay motivated, they will keep you sharp and even assist you to become stronger, having some like minded people around you will always spur you on to achieve greater and greater heights, sometimes we can draw inspiration from many different places.
Finding sources of mental inspiration can come from anywhere, for example its amazing how better at things people perform when they are in “the zone” – this basically means to be focused and switched on, getting in the zone is tough and some days you are just not capable of summoning the mental energy required to go at full speed ahead but most winners know this, they tend to work even harder during times they are feeling right and push through when times are tough, that is the key to getting things done – aim for small improvements over time.
The best thing you can do for your brain is focus on diet and getting in the right nutrition, losing weight also helps as you really need alot of energy to even feel right mentally, getting fit is a great step to take but also lifting weights will help you to understand the mindset required to win, if you lift weights it can take you to a very simple place mentally where there is only you and the weight to worry about, it can shift your focus and help you be more positive.
Long distance running is also another great physical activity that can boost you up a little mentally, the reason for this is simply because when things get tough on your run you learn very quickly to power through and that the bad times wont last, eventually you’ll get your air back and you can go back at it again, this is a key thing you need to remember in order to succeed in the long term – focus on doing the right things and scale them up over time.
Motivation does not last but installing the right kinds of habits will, you need to find the winning formula for you personally and then run with it, going deeper and deeper into the game will require more and more energy, you will need a tonne of reserves to give it your absolute best and that requires pushing harder than ever before.