Originally Posted by Medusa locked
Would you say that when your ego motivates you, that its a short term or long term motivation?
What do you think are the aspects or contexts of that ego that actually serve as a motivator?
Oh it's long term. I've been training 20+ years, since 17.
I think there are 2 aspects, one is the ego desire to have a beautiful physique. It's an ongoing pursuit, a temporary achievement and only one aspect of overall "beauty". It's also subjective but there is a certain amount of muscle and leanness that if a male has I find it to be an attractive body. So I aspire to that.
It's not much different than seeing someone in a particular hairstyle and outfit and thinking "I would like to have that look" then taking steps to achieve that.
In that case you simply to to the salon and to the Gap.
The other thing is my ego's desire to look like someone......I'll say "strong".
Probably from being picked on in Junior high.
My wife used to say "Y'know you scare people when you get really big, you look like a monster. Why do you want to look like a scary monster?"
I try to draw the line in terms of letting the ego effect my personality (try) but encourage it as a motivator. By now I fully accept it as an aspect of myself.