Mastering your mojo

1. Set a clear goal
Entering a race is the single most effective means of motivation. Its why we created – to make finding great events easier. The three of us who built love the experiences of training and taking part in events, but we know if we don't have a clear goal we'll happily stay in and watch war movies.

2. Tell everyone
For us Brits, this one often goes against the grain a little. But try stepping out of your comfort zone and sharing your hopes and dreams with others. The worst that can happen is you fail. This is not as bad as it sounds because the trying bit will be a whole load more rewarding than not trying.

3. Keep it simple
Tip number 3 was going to be – buy some new stuff. This always works, but not for long. Instead, spend 5 minutes having a little word with yourself. Remind yourself why you wanted to do what you're doing. Write it down. Stick it on your screen/fridge/alarm clock. Know your 'why' and the 'how' will take care of itself.

4. Take little steps
You might not be able to face the pre-work swim you've got on the training programme for today, but a quick blast round the block doesn't feel so onerous does it? The hardest part is getting out the door. Once you're out the door, doubts (aka excuses) will melt away.

And if all else fails, try watching classic Al Pacino clips, like this one while lacing up your running shoes.

These are just a few ideas. What works for you? Joining a local club? Reading inspiring blogs and stories? Listening to power ballads? Send us a tweet @findarace

The Founding of Find A Race

A story in which Rob has an idea, David meets a childhood hero and Rich gets sacked.

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