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What Navy Seals Can Teach Us About Fitness Motivation

by Dejan Antic | Follow Dejan on Twitter

Do you struggle with staying motivated to work out?

If you do, then I got good news for you.

Today, I’m going to show you, how this one simple tip can help you get that much needed fitness motivation to work out.

I got this tip from a former Navy Seal.

So, what’s the secret tip?

Read on to find out.

Unlimited Fitness Motivation is Just One Action Step Away

A lot of guys think that you’re just born with the motivation to work out.

Some guys have it while others don’t.

That’s complete nonsense.

I know a lot of guys, who struggled for a long time to start working out, but once they got into the groove, nothing could stop them.

Like my friend Tomaž for example.

For the most part of his life, he was a lazy f**k. He would babble about how he’s about to do this and that, but when push came to shove, he’d always end up doing nothing.

Same old story.

But fast forward to today, Tomaž is a completely changed man.

He’s training like a beast—4 times per week intense kickboxing sessions and 3 times per week, he’s doing conditioning work with kettlebells. That’s a ton of training volume and he handles it like a champ.

He’s been working out like this for well over a year now and he has no plans on stopping any time soon.

So, how was a guy like Tomaž, able to go from zero fitness motivation, to being in love with working out?

The answer is quite simple.

Momentum.

When he didn’t have much going on in his life, he found it hard to get the ball rolling. He’d start working out then quit, start, quit, start, quit and so on.

But here’s where things started to change for Tomaž.

First, he found a job. Then, he got into a serious relationship. After that, he decided that he was going to resume his studies. And finally, he started to work out again.

One thing led to another and soon enough, he developed an unstoppable momentum that keeps him going up till this day.

And the guy doesn’t make excuses. Even when he’s working for 10+ hours straight, he still finds the time and energy to go to his kickboxing practice.

And that’s how it’s supposed to be.

So, if guys like me or Tomaž, can develop an unstoppable momentum to work out, so can you.

Developing this kind of momentum is easy.

It all starts with the first task of the day.

How to Develop Unstoppable Momentum

Developing unstoppable momentum is no rocket science.

All it takes for you is to start with a simple task, and do it every day.

So, one small thing leads to another and …

BAAAANG!!!!!

All the sudden, you’re like a giant steam roller, plowing through motivation dips, like it’s a wall of sticks.

But which activity is a good candidate, for developing unstoppable momentum?

Try not to laugh, but here it is…

Make your bed first thing in the morning.

I know what you’re thinking right now … “WTF Dejan?!?! How will making my bed every morning help me gain muscle mass?!?!?

I got this tip from a former US Navy Seal. I’m talking about Naval Admiral, William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

The guy is a badass. He organized the special ops raid, which led to the death of Osama bin Laden.

And here’s what he has to say about making your bed every morning.

Every morning, during my SEAL training, my instructors, who were at the time all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they’d do is to inspect my bed.

If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers would be pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack.

It’s a simple task, mundane at best.

But every morning, we were required to make our bed to perfection.

It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors. Tough, battle-hardened SEALs.

But the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed in the morning, you’ve have completed the first task of the day.

It’ll give you a small sense of pride and it’ll encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.

And by the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed.

Making your bed every day will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

And if by chance you have a miserable day, you’ll come home to a bed that’s made.

That you made.

And a made bed gives you the encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

So if you want to change the world—or your physique in this case—start off by making your bed.

Don’t underestimate the power of small action steps. Over time they add up and this leads you to build unstoppable momentum. And when you got your momentum going, it’ll be hell of a lot easier to stick with your training routine and your diet plan.

Here’s the full commencement speech of Naval Admiral, William H. McRaven. It’s inspirational, so I encourage you to watch it till the end. The make your bed part starts at 4:40.

Over To You…

Here’s what I want you to do right now.

Starting tomorrow—or today, if your bed is not already made—you’ll make your bed, Navy Seal style. This means a bed that’s made to perfection, every morning.

Make this task top priority on your to-do list.

And I got one more question for you.

When was the last time when you felt like you had unstoppable momentum? Which actions you took on a daily basis that led you to build unstoppable momentum? How did it feel?

Share your story in the comments section below.

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Ludvig Sunström

Hey Dejan,

I had some unstoppable momentum today as a matter of fact. I ran for 45 minutes in the soaking hot sun. Wanted to quit after 30 min, but didn’t. Because I have a record going on that want to break each workout/run.

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Dejan

Awesome Ludvig!

Dude for me, you’re the definition of unstoppable momentum :D

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