In the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean “Captain” Jack Sparrow has a magic compass.
This compass points towards that which the holder really wants. If you want gold it points to gold. It you want the love of your life, it points to that person.
Wouldn’t it be cool to have such a thing in fitness? It would point right to the most effective programs and tools for your goals.
No more guessing games. No more debate. Just a strait line between where you are now and where you want to be.
Here’s the good news, you already have such a compass that points the way for you!
The bad news is that our fitness culture often tells you to ignore it or that it’s bad to follow.
Never the less, I present to you, the desire compass.
Desire is far too often given a bad name when it comes to getting in shape. But I’m here to tell you that your desire, and learning about that desire, is the key to getting whatever you want.
We have a funny way of looking at desire in our fitness culture.
One minute we’re saying “you gotta want it bad.”
The next we’re talking about how the best thing to do is whatever you don’t want to do.
Here’s where your magic compass comes into the picture.
People have a natural affinity to like or enjoy something that brings us what we want in life. We particularly see this in the world of fitness.
If they want strength they desire strength training.
If they want endurance and calorie burn then they desire cardio.
If peace of mind and calm is what you want then you’ll probably have a desire to take up meditation or yoga.
You don’t see too many people who desire massive arms skipping the curls for a yoga class.
Any time we desire something and we use a method that helps us get it, there is a strong link that’s built between what we want and what we use to get it. The more you use it and the more you get what you want, the stronger that link grows.
Therefor you’re desire is helping you discover just what you should be doing!
Your desire compass also helps to keep you from doing things that don’t work. When the motivation is down and the desire to exercise is lost, that is a sign that the link between what you want and what you are doing is threadbare.
It’s your subconscious telling you “hey this isn’t working so well, there’s nothing in it for you so put your energy elsewhere.”
This sort of thing is almost unheard of when people follow a plan that is bringing them success (provided they actually want that success but that’s another topic for another time.)
When your desire compass points away from what you are doing listen to it! It’s your compass telling you to go in a different direction to get what you want.
So are you going to listen to your desire and learn from it?
Or are you going to just ignore it and stay lost like a sailor without a heading?