So what is your carrot?
For me it’s being able to continue to enjoy the outdoors. If I can spend a day, weekend or better yet a whole week hiking, biking, canoeing or sailing in the great outdoors, I’m a happy camper. Since I’m not able to do those things I love every day, I go to the gym or do whatever physical activity I choose to keep me in shape for the things I would rather be doing.
When time allows, you can find me at some remote river camping and fishing with my grandson. I want to be in shape to tear down the dirt road on a mountain bike to reach that elusive stream where the fish are just waiting to jump into my arms. This is what drives me to ride my bike on the road near my house every week in preparation for the prize to do these things. I don't want my grandson to have to drag me to the nearest hospital for something that could have been prevented.
So, I ask you again, “What is your carrot?” Most of us cease our exercise routine due to lack of motivation. We become discouraged by injuries, surgery or excuses like “It’s raining and I’ll get wet.”
Let me challenge you to clearly define what it is that will keep you pressing forward to the goal you have set for yourself.