How Much Do You Want It? The 4 Levels of Motivation for Lifters

Motivational Quotes About Weight Lifting

“You have to want it enough.” – Mark Twain “I don’t care how much you lift, if your form sucks, you’re not going to make any progress.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

We all like to think that we are motivated because we love our sport or because we truly believe in ourselves.

But what if it’s not true? What if there is another reason why we aren’t getting up off the couch and doing something about our problems?

Maybe we just feel bad about them. Or maybe we don’t even have any real problem at all! There are many reasons why someone might not want to get out of bed in the morning. If you’ve ever been depressed, then you probably understand this feeling very well. Perhaps you feel like life isn’t worth living. Maybe you’re too scared to take action. Whatever the case may be, depression and lack of motivation are common issues among lifters.

In order to overcome these feelings of inadequacy, some people resort to drugs or alcohol, but others turn to other forms of self-medication such as food restriction (starvation dieting) or exercise addiction (exercise addiction).

Why we turn to these things as medicine is still somewhat of a mystery to science. It’s believed that the root of this problem stems from low self-esteem or an underlying depression. This type of behavior can also be caused by the desire to seek help from a more authoritative figure in their life such as a coach or a doctor.

Whatever the reason, these choices might not always be the best ones for you if they are causing you to become even more withdrawn or more depressed.

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