Passion, Love and Motivation by Bob Amic, CFT, I.S.S.A.

The author Whit Hobbs said, “Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.” This holds true in life, love, health and fitness!

Have you ever wondered, what’s the difference between the top athletes and everyone else? What do the truly successful people have that most people don’t? Is it Genetics? Luck? Talent? Well, maybe all three to some small extent, but I firmly believe that it’s doing the hard work that most aren’t willing to do.

Over the past several years, I have been fortunate enough to witness first-hand, that “willingness to do what others won’t” through my youngest son Stephen. At age fifteen, this skinny little boy was with me at the gym at 6:00 a.m., struggling to do a few, pathetic looking push-ups and could barely bench-press the forty-five pound Olympic bar. But every day he still woke up at the crack of dawn with me, hit the gym and went off to school. Every evening, he’d be in the yard punting footballs or having me take him to the high school so he could kick on the field. Day after day, on the field and in the gym, I’d witness his passion for punting, conditioning and weight training. Now at age twenty-two, he has become one of the top ranked NFL Free Agent punters, bench-pressing nearly four-hundred pounds, and continuing to train like he’s playing in the Super Bowl. He did what most others wouldn’t!

Whether it’s business or sports or art or fitness, it all comes down to having enough passion.

Successful people feel the same boredom or the same lack of motivation that everyone else feels. They don’t have some magic pill that makes them feel ready and inspired every day. But the difference is that the people who stick with their goals don’t let their emotions determine their actions. Top performers still find a way to show up, to work through the boredom, do the hard tasks at hand and to embrace the daily work that’s required to achieve their goals.

Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. For Stephen, it was easy going to practice after a big win or great performance on the field. Why wouldn’t it be easy? Your coach is happy, your teammates are pumped up, and you feel like you can beat anyone. But what about when you hit a roadblock or experience a bad loss? What about when the work isn’t easy? What about when you’re not getting the results you want? It’s the ability to work when work isn’t easy that makes the difference.

All too often, our goals are all about the result. We see success as an event that can be achieved and completed…….. “If I just lose 20 pounds, then I’ll be in shape.” However, if you look at the people who are consistently achieving their goals, you start to realize that it’s not the events or the results that make them different. It’s their commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event.

If you want to be in the best shape of your life, then losing 20 pounds might be necessary. But the only way to reach that result and sustain it, is to fall in love with the work that it takes to exercise consistently. If you want to become significantly better at anything you do, you have to fall in love with the process of doing it. You have to fall in love with building the identity of someone who does the work, rather than merely dreaming about the results that you want.

Fall in love with repetition and practice. Fall in love with the process of what you do and what it takes. Fall in love with the body aches from a tough workout.

Then just let the results take care of themselves.

Every morning at 6:00 a.m., I have the pleasure of working out with the finest group of passionate individuals, who truly believe that “there are two kinds of people. Those that are willing to do the work to and those that make excuses why they can’t.”