K and I have been forcing ourselves to get up at 6am each morning and do a boot camp style training circuit every second day. On the alternate days, I go for a ride and she goes for a run.
6am might not seem early to some, but I’m a night person, most productive between 10pm and 3am, so turning my body clock on its head isn’t easy. When I was in the Navy, I had the incentive of getting “run in” if I was late to work, so I was able to force myself relatively easy. I was also in a position of leadership of others, so needed to set an example. But working from home doesn’t have that same motivational influence, so where to draw inspiration from?
Back when I was a teenager I drew my inspiration from a fellow mountain biker and friend, Sid Taberlay. He was a few years older than me and had a sticker across his handle bars “winners never quit, quitters never win”. Whilst competing in 2 hour ‘sprint’ races, he would be constantly reminded with this message, a message which would motivate to push just that little bit harder.
Then and there, I adopted the same motto to my cycling, and even stuck stickers on my handle bars too. Sid went on to being the National MTB champion and 17th in the worlds, I took out the state title and then joined the Navy.
I now apply that motto to everything I do, including business. My “handle bar” is now my monitor – something I can look at every day and be motivated to succeed. What motto do you live by to help you succeed?