Even though I own what I consider to be a rocking gym, have a good knowledge base of fitness, and am immersed in the culture of working out, I too struggle with motivation sometimes. As a matter of fact, I have been struggling recently. My knee has been acting up and I had to miss a soccer match this past Sunday night, and I was kind of bummed about that. However, I had dinner with some dear friends Sat night who are not gym buffs per se, but they had the key to lighting the spark of motivation in me.

What was that key you may ask?

Thankfulness. I will expound. I had gotten stiff from sitting around, my knee was bugging me, and I fell into the trap of self-pity and discontentment. I see very little value in either. 1 Thes 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. I am not sure if that means that all circumstances are God’s will, so give thanks, or if me remaining thankful despite the circumstances is what the author is saying. For me, this simply meant that I needed to find what I had to be thankful for, and focus on that as my heart’s meditation.

Can’t sprint to condition for soccer? So what?! Slam the ropes. Have a busy schedule? So what?! I can move around for 20-30 minutes and call it a day. Don’t feel like thinking about what to do for my workout, so what?! Jump in a class and let my other gym members see me struggle harder than they do!

As soon as my perception shifted to the fact that I have a body that can move at all, and have access to the world famous Raw Fitness, I started to feel the desire to get moving again. There are so many people that are too sick, too injured, or too financially strapped to even set foot in a gym.

So here is my challenge:

Take 3 minutes and make a gratitude list of all the things you have going for you in life, and live in a state of gratitude for today. Does your job get you down? At least you have one, right? Are you too preoccupied with life to get here 3 days a week and eat right? At least you can come once or twice and make one solid nutrition improvement this week! Start with breakfast, or water consumption, or whatever. You are a capable human and can accomplish much with a grateful heart. Let’s do this!

Onward,

Mike Montefusco

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