After going to a Cirque du Soleil performance, I found that my personal workouts had a bit more zest to them in the last week. Being in the air of amazing artistic athletes preforming with such impressive talent and ability had an impact on how I showed up in my own training. It’s always a great intrinsic motivation boost to go to such an event, whether it’s a professional sports event, a circus, fight competition, or any event where people are performing amazing feats of great ability.
In that particular event, what resonated with me most in this regard is the circus strong man, doing an iron cross handstand balanced on top of two poles, standing thirty feet in the air. Having the image of that in my head made it seam easy to push past the pain of doing one last pushup to absolute physical failure. I was able to have a new barometer of my own ability. Sometimes it helps to look outside of your self to imagine more possibility for yourself.
If I there is desire to get motivated and inspired to be more active or bring performance to another level, It’s impactful to be in the presence of someone, or better yet, a group, who performs at an extremely high level. Throw in music and stimulating colors and visual patterns, and you have something that acts as a powerful anchor for getting into a state of higher performance.
The point that I aim to drive home here is not to compare yourself and your ability to what someone else can do, but to aspire to do better than what you were formerly able to do. There is always satisfaction in self improvement and this is at the core of intrinsic motivation, being internally rewarded and being inspired to be or do something better in some way.
It can be easy for some to get stuck in the trap of thinking something like, “Oh, I can never be like that person so why bother?” You can choose to let yourself be inspired by the possibility of what better you can become and then be amazed at what YOU can do!