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5 Motivation Surprises & Zumba

This summer, I tried something new. I started taking a Zumba class at a local venue. While I’ve only had a few classes so far, I’m enjoying the experience and the exercise. As often happens, whatever topic I write about for a particular month, ends up catching my attention even more than usual. This month I’m writing about motivation. As I thought about my Zumba experience, I made some motivation connections. Perhaps some of these ideas will help you as you search for motivation to try something new, approach something challenging, or stretch towards your organizing goals.

1. Seed Planting – Long before I stepped into my first Zumba class, the idea for doing something new, fun, and physical kept entering my thoughts. I heard friends talking about their positive Zumba experiences. I saw advertisements for Zumba classes. I thought about previous dance and exercise experiences that I loved. The process of planting seeds or thoughts were part of what ultimately enabled me to get motivated enough to take action. These ponderings were essential to moving ahead.

2. Partnering – When I mentioned my desire to take a fun class to one of my friends, she expressed an interest in joining me. At that point, we didn’t know what the class would be. When I picked Zumba class, I invited her to come along. Knowing that she’d be there motivated me get the first class. Accountability can be a motivation key.

3. Goal Setting – Dance has always been a joyful part of my life. Most types of dance require stamina. Zumba is no different. It is a one-hour dance fitness class of constant movement done to upbeat music like salsa and hip-hop. My biggest concern for the first class was if I’d have the stamina to keep going. To stay motivated and standing, my goal was, “Just one more, Linda.” It worked. I didn’t fall over. I didn’t pass out. I was still standing at the end of the class. I came back the following week for more. It was still challenging, but a bit easier than the previous week.

4. Committing – This particular class had several payment options. You could either drop-in unannounced and pay per class, or you could sign-up for a series and get a discounted rate. Since I wasn’t sure if I’d like Zumba or if I’d have the stamina, I opted to “drop-in” on the first class. At the end, I committed to continuing. Knowing that I purchased a class series and have paid for it, adds another dimension to motivation. I don’t want to waste my investment. My financial commitment will motivate me to continue.

5. Satisfying – By the end of class, even though you sweat like there’s no tomorrow and are hot as anything, you also feel really good. It feels wonderful to be moving, get the blood flowing, and know that you are doing something healthy and fun for your mind and body. This satisfaction and “feel good” plays a big role in remaining motivated.

It was time to try something new and fun. Who knew that motivation was key and continues to be essential in my Zumba class journey? How about you? How does motivation show up for you? Come join the conversation.

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Reader Comments (6)

I've found #4 to be true as well. When I took yoga classes near my workplace, I would sign up for the series, but after I left that job, I found I wasn't going regularly so I told the instructor I was switching to pay-as-you-go. She accurately predicted that I probably would go even less often, and she was right. I guess having the class conveniently located helped my motivation as well!

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- You've identified another factor. With certain types of things, especially when it comes to exercise, having that convenience piece makes a big difference. Like your yoga experience, the fact that my Zumba class is minutes from my home, makes it that much easier to get there. It's no big deal. If I had to travel longer to get there, I'm sure the excuses would start to kick in. So perhaps part of the motivation piece is doing our best to make our environment "ripe" for flourishing.

Thanks so much for joining the conversation. It's always great to hear your perspective.

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I find motivation interesting. Some people are motivated if they have committed in advance for example paying for a course of classes. Other are actually most motivated on pay as you go because they want to be there and don't feel like they have to be. I guess both kinds of motivation can be useful in different situations...better than not having any motivation at all!

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZumba Motivation Thoughts

You are so right that we are each motivated by different things. The key is figuring out which ones are most effective for us. This can vary depending upon the circumstance or our frame of mind. Thanks for stopping by to share with us.

February 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Really very interesting motivated post. some people are motivated if they have committed in advance for example paying for a course of classes.

September 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJulia peter

@Julia- Thank you so much for stopping by to join the conversation! You're so right that "investing" in something can motivate us to keep our commitment and enhance our motivation.

September 12, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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