Every week we have people asking us how they can get themselves motivated. People who have actively gone and applied for a role in the Australian Defence Force as their chosen career path.
Yet they can’t seem to motivate themselves to train when it comes to getting ready for the PFA and Basic Training.
Most of the time it’s that people lack a goal, they don’t have a deadline or they already have bad habits that just need to be broken.
For us here at The Barracks Gym we see this as an easy fix. To us there are several things that should motivate you to want to train. 5 key reasons that should help you kick your ass into gear, get off the couch and get yourself moving.
We’ve put together our top 5 tips to help motivate yourself for the ADF:
1. How bad do you want it?
If you can’t seem to get yourself motivated enough then you mustn’t want it bad enough. You mustn’t be treating this new career path seriously enough to the point where you’ll do ANYTHING to get yourself into the ADF. Remind yourself- How bad do you want it?
2. Visualise yourself wearing the uniform.
This one is powerful. Visualise yourself wearing that uniform. You’ve got no chance of ever putting on the uniform unless you train, pass a PFA and get to Basic Training.
3. Know that you’re about to serve your country.
This is a key piece of guidance that we take very seriously here in the gym. YOU are about to go and serve our country. YOU are about to go out and keep me safe. YOU are about to defend Australia. That is a BIG deal! It’s not just a little casual job at Donut King that we’re talking about here. It’s the Australian Defence Force. It’s a big deal and you should be treating it like a big deal and getting yourself physically ready as best you can.
4. No one else can do this for you
This potentially seems very obvious but sometimes it’s just a bit of a reminder to people that no one else can run that beep test. No one else can attempt push-ups. No one else can go to basic training for you. YOU have to do it yourself and YOU have to do it because you want to.
5. Remember your ‘Why’.
Everyone has a reason for applying for the ADF. Everyone has a reason that they jumped online or called DFR and submitted their application. What’s yours?
It’s important to revisit your ‘why’ and remember what it was that drove you to want this in the first place. Use that as motivation to get yourself up and training.
We’ve given you 5 motivating tips that should help you get up off the couch and start your training! Come up with your own tips to add to this list and see what you can find to motivate you.
At the end of the day it all comes down to how badly you want it. If you want it bad enough then you’ll train.
If you would like more advice on improving your fitness for the ADF then please feel free to get in touch with The Barracks Gym.
Michael and Carly both have walked the path you are about to take and are commited to help you get started with your training for a successful enlistment with free tips and articles.