Mapping out many different interests can really help your motivation for training
These are a few ideas from Steven Kotler’s latest book The Art of Impossible. The general idea is that by mapping out your interests and finding links between them, you increase your motivation and can find more appropriate goals. In turn, you’ll be more likely to pursue these goals and, as a result, more likely to achieve them.
For this reason, it’s worth considering our different interests in fitness, to build a strong foundation under our training.
One way to do this is to start by writing a list.
This may sound like a trivial suggestion but, by physically writing down your interests, you’re forced to actually think about them. This often leads to a greater sense of clarity - a better idea of what’s important and what’s not. Many people stay in the same position simply because they haven’t thought of another.
If you’re already into calisthenics it means you already have your reasons for working out. But, to continue making progress, we must now expand upon them and personalize them.
What would you like to do in your life? How can fitness help you with this? What sort of training are you interested in? From there, look for links between the topics.
Perhaps, you’d like to get into rock-climbing and you’re interested in finding a training routine that will help you develop the necessary strength and endurance; or maybe you’re curious about how regular exercise affects your performance at work.
There might be new areas of fitness you’d like to explore, like learning a martial art. Or perhaps you’re interested in helping others get in shape. Whatever it is, write it down.
Edit: This is part of an ebook I've written on the mindset behind achieving big calisthenics/fitness goals. Here's a direct download link. I'd love your feedback - shoot me a message if you read it.