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3 Keys to Self-Improvement and Motivation

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What are the three keys to self-improvement and motivation?

1. INSPIRATION

Inspiration is critical to staying motivated and improving oneself. If you are not interested in improving, your motivation level will never rise and you will remain the same.

Take an honest look at your inspiration level. Are you excited about improving your health and fitness? You would be surprised at the number of people who go days, months and even years without exercising.

People who choose to neglect their health and fitness eventually grow weary and uninterested in themselves and others around them because they have no inspiration or passion to improve themselves.

If you do not like what you see in the mirror, then think of what it is that you truly dislike about what you see.  Once you discover what it is that you dislike and why, then turn your focus towards creating a plan to become the person you want to see in the mirror. When you want to give up and return to the person that you do not like to in the mirror, remember why you want to change, because that is where you find inspiration.  Where there is no inspiration, there is no motivation, and without inspiration and motivation, there can be no self-improvement.

2. SETTING GOALS

Short and long-term goal setting is vital for any health and fitness goal. If you do not set goals, you will have no definite purpose on which path of self-improvement to take.

How could you possibly be motivated if you do not know the direction in which you are going?

Take the time to put your goals in writing. Creating a plan may sound daunting, but it is really nothing more than writing down your goals, how you plan to carry out your goals and when you plan to meet them. Write your plan and update it every time you reach a short-term goal.

Include mini-goals that can be accomplished in a matter of days or weeks as well as the more ambitious grand-goals that may take a few months or a year to complete. Refer to this plan often to make sure you are sticking to it.

3. FRIENDS

Another key factor in getting and staying motivated is finding people or friends who will keep you accountable.  Everyone needs help at some point in the lives.  One of the best things that you can do to increase the chances of achieving your health and fitness goals is to find a workout partner.

Working out alone is of one the most difficult parts things to do when starting a workout plan.  Mutual support is motivating.
Make it easier on yourself by exercising with friends and family.  You never know, your friend or family member may want to begin exercising and by you asking them to exercise with you may be just the motivation that they need.Many people will agree that finding a workout partner is the only reason they did not return to the person that they did not like to see in the mirror.

Sharing your goals, and experience with others is an invaluable aspect of motivation and self-improvement.
Working with a partner will help re-energize you when the achieving your goals seem impossible.

With a partner to help you stay accountable, you can do more in less time and probably have more fun in the process. You will feel more motivated to achieve your goals than if you were working alone.

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Gee Bryant A Force To Reckon With in the Fitness Industry

Atlanta’s Transformation Specialist Talks About His Road from Uncertainty to Becoming a Successful Businessman and Celebrity Trainer

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Fitness expert, success coach and entrepreneur Gee Bryant has always been a hustler with a “MUST get it” attitude, and he’s walking in his purpose. He’s the brains behind the #1 online fitness program Results in 28 Days and owner of The Loft Atlanta, Phlexx Fitness and is CMO of Fitness Plane.

Gee says that he never had a “real” job and did whatever he could to make money. He tried multiple business ventures that eventually led him to become a personal trainer, as a way to work for himself while also staying active. Even though fitness was never cool where he’s from, Gee says he’s always been in his own lane. He has always recognized that he is unique and learned that by being a personal trainer he had a major impact on people. This hobby eventually transformed into a passion.

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Growing up in Philly, Gee says there was a lot of pain – he used to reflect on it and let it consume him, but now he uses his pain to push him further.

“You can’t be a victim your whole life.”

In 2015, after starting to create buzz around his name as a personal trainer, Gee decided to move to Atlanta with just his car and clothes. He created boot camps, trainings, began marketing himself on social media and just doing anything to make money, to pay rent, and to NOT go back.

“If you ain’t willing to go crazy, then leave the entrepreneurship game.”

Gee created a business plan with the mindset, “I’m going ALL IN.” He started with, “How much money do I want to make? And, How many people do I need to help?” He also began reading books and focusing on personal development.

“As you expand, your mind has to expand as well.”

Gee had a plan and a goal, and decided to do anything he could to make it all come true. His efforts started to work so well that Gee had an overload of clients, which then gave him reason to open up his first gym.

During this time he was constantly growing his brand on social media and in the fitness profession, but knew he wouldn’t be able to fully execute his vision without the right help. So, he reached out to trainers to hire and assist in his gym.

“I’m a control freak, but I had to learn how to let go. It’s better to have someone who can do something 70%, than you trying to do it 100%. If you try to do everything you’ll burn yourself out.”

Gee began pushing online programs that he created on his own, recorded on YouTube and from that he started increasing his clientele. From there, he built his website.

“For this to go global, it has to be beyond me.”

It was then that Gee created the RI28 program. Gee says he makes his program different.

“I get their mind right. Your body won’t go where your mind won’t let it.”

Gee says his program is so effective because it’s easy to follow, he has the RI28 Facebook support group, it’s only a 28 day program, the meal plan and workouts are included, he has a team of like minded people behind him, and it’s SIMPLE.

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The Loft Athletic Club opened in Atlanta, GA this year. Not only did Gee need a bigger space, but he says, “It was time.” Loft Atlanta is FOR Atlanta.

“I did it MY way, he says.” He never cheated the process, and changed and helped thousands of people do the same thing.

What he wants people to know is that they can do whatever they want, not become a product of their environment, and he wants his legacy to be a legacy of SERVICE.

Gee encourages other entrepreneurs to be obsessed and consistent about their brand and reminds us that small daily improvements = long term results.

2018 is here and there is so much more for Gee Bryant to accomplish. Make sure to follow him @geebryant and via his website to not only stay in the loop with what he’s up to next, but to get all the information on how to join any of his programs or find his facilities.

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A Look At Intrinsic Motivation

Ilen Bell, MS, CSCS, Co-Founder of Black Fitness Today

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Intrinsic motivation is when an individual is motivated by internal factors, as opposed to external factors.

Examples of intrinsic motivation would be doing something because you feel it is the moral and ethical thing to do; doing something because you know it will benefit others or doing something because it brings you pleasure and joy.

The latter is common in regards to an enjoyable pastime or a hobby.

It is believed that intrinsic motivation is far stronger than extrinsic motivation however there are times when extrinsic motivation can become stronger because it displaces intrinsic motivation.

This is known as the over-justification effect. For example this occurs when you begin doing something for intrinsic reasons and then are offered monies or another type of reward for doing it that overrides the reason you started doing it in the first place.

In many cases when this happens, a person loses interest in the activity once the reward is taken away. The key is to not offer large extrinsic rewards for something that is meant to be motivated intrinsically (in other words, from within).

Intrinsic motivation has been widely studied by researchers in the realm of education since the start of the 1970s and their findings have been that when students are intrinsically motivated to do well in school, they tend to perform better, make higher marks and they also tend to enjoy the material they are learning a great deal more.

A man named Bernard Weiner created a theory known as the “Attribution Theory” and he looked at such things as the orientation of goals and the locus of control (internal and external).

As an aside, an internal locus of control is when a person believes that they have control over what happens to them whereas an external locus of control means that a person believes that control is outside of themselves and has more to do with extraneous factors as opposed to their own actions.

According to Bernard Weiner, students are much more likely to possess intrinsic motivation in their studies if they feel that their educational achievements have more to do with their own efforts as opposed to anything else.

As well students will experience intrinsic motivation if they feel that they play a paramount role in attaining their own personal educational goals as opposed to feeling as those it has more to do with luck or simply a “roll of the dice.” Finally when students have motivation that comes from within they will work harder to completely understand and master a given subject as opposed to simply learning the work at hand so they can pass a test or exam and then forgetting it afterwards.

Keep in mind that intrinsic motivation holds no promise of rewards for students as opposed to extrinsic motivation, which is all about rewards.

Many decades of research has given rise to a theory known as “Goal Theory” which has shown that intrinsic motivation in some communities and groups is altruistic in nature as the desire to help others and contribute to the greater whole is the number one motivator.

When a person appeals to the common good or does something based on a moral obligation or commitment to others this is when intrinsic motivation is shown to be alive and well in the world.

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Hard Work Pays Off – Simeon Panda Buys Dream Car

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About Simeon Panda

Simeon Panda is one of the most influential fitness professionals in the world. Owner of SP Aesthetics® Sportswear and Just Lift.®, he is a fitness entrepreneur who is featured on Forbes as one of the worlds top ten influencers for fitness. Simeon has immense popularity not just because of his amazing physique, but for his character and high standards in representing the sports fitness industry.

With a social media following in excess of 9 million, he is respected for many reasons amongst his fans and followers worldwide, not least because of his highly positive and motivational approach to everything he does.
He has competed in Musclemania® competitions worldwide, winning the European Championship in 2013 and earning himself Musclemania Pro® status.
He regularly judges physique, modelling and bodybuilding shows all over the world.

Simeon has hosted seminars and workshops around the world including the Mr Olympia Weekend. He has graced the front covers, written for and been featured in major fitness publications worldwide such as Muscle & Fitness, MuscleMag, Muscle-Insider, Train Mag, Muscle & Performance, Fitness RX to name a few. He has appeared live on Australia’s Number one national breakfast tv show ‘The Today Show,’ New Yorks most popular urban radio station ‘Hot 97,’ he has also hosted seminars in countries all over the world.

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