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10 December 2020

All of the Motivation and Inspiration You Will Ever Need

Where there’s no will, there’s no way. One of the best ways to improve your personal growth is to master your own motivation and find your inner drive.

If you learn how to master your inner motivation you will also learn how to deal with all the setbacks in life.  You will learn to inspire yourself, to always find a way forward, create new experiences for yourself, and follow your dreams – even in this extreme year caused by coronavirus.

Some people just do it

Some individuals seem to be more motivated than others to put all their resources down to reach their goals. Elite athletes as well as entrepreneurs and careerists are examples of this.

They seem to be ready to make a little more effort than the average person in order to achieve their goals and self-realization.

They don’t need anyone telling them what to do, they don’t need anyone checking their homework and they don’t need any “Likes” in order to go to the gym. They just do it.

Why is that? And how come so many people give up on their training ambitions?

Finding your inner drive

Finding your inner drive is about finding your inner motivation, or “Internal motivation”.

Internal motivation is the motivation that comes from the inside, usually enhanced by the reward that the activity itself provides. It can be as simple as moving fast forward when running. It can also be about the feeling of mastery, development, joy or happiness that the activity gives you. A person who has the inner motivation wants to perform an activity for the sake of the activity.

External motivation is the type of motivation that comes from external circumstances, something from outside that is perceived rewarding. The simplest and most common example of this is getting money to exercise a task. Other examples of external rewards that can serve as motivation are status, recognition, praise, prizes, benefits and “Likes”.

When you find true happiness in doing something you probably found your inner motivation and inner drive.

Consistency is the key to accomplishments

When you find your inner drive it will probably be easier to do things, even on the days when you don’t feel like it. Consistency is the key to many accomplishments in life, whether it’s in sport, your job, or in your personal life.

Sometimes, no matter how important your goals are to you, it’s a struggle to bring your best effort to your gym session (or work up the motivation to make it happen at all). But whether you’re trying to lose weight, train for a race, keep your stress in check, or any of the other worthwhile reasons to make fitness a part of your life, staying consistent is the key, even when you really, really, really don’t feel like it.

Finding true happiness in Skyrunning

If you are a Skyrunner or Ultra-trail runner I’m sure you can recognise this feeling. This feeling came to me on one of my first mountain marathons in Sweden.

Imagine; you stand there on the starting line to the adventure of your life, the life that you’ve been looking forward to for so long – it is a special feeling. You are well prepared, you are strong, your heart is pounding, and you know you can do it.

The first uphill section to the highest peak in the race is steep, it’s hard, but giving up is not an option. After hours of climbing, you finally reach the top of the mountain and are greeted with beautiful views. That feeling can’t be described in words. WOW! Now it’s downhill. You know you are good at it, and you are fast. You are literally flying down the mountain feeling strong, light and free.

Finally, when you reached the finish line after many of hours of running, you feel that you can do anything you want. You have reached Arduua!

This was one of the few moments in my life when I got this feeling of true happiness. In that moment I knew it! My next adventure in life would be all about Skyrunning.

Two years later I started up Arduua Skyrunning together with my Skyrunning Coach, Fernando Armisén, and we still stay strong!

/Katinka Nyberg, Founder Arduua Skyrunning

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