It has been suggested that pain and pleasure are the two main motivators in life -- that whatever we do, it is a function of obtaining pleasure or avoiding, reducing, or eliminating pain.  Everything else, then, would boil down to one of these two factors.  What blows my mind even more is that it isn't actual pain or actual pleasure that drives us, but rather the perception we have that taking a certain action would LEAD to pain or pleasure.  So essentially what REALLY drives us is fear and desire.

How does this relate to fitness?

I'm glad you asked!  Fear and desire can very easily push us off track, making us miss out on what could have been pretty stellar results. The fear that our program won't get us to our goal ... that we might look silly at the gym ... that we might not be able to stick with it ... These and a few dozen others cause us to abandon our programs.  Often times we give up before the program has really had time to fail or succeed!

Then comes desire! 

Some call it "greed," but I prefer desire because it has a better connotation.  There is nothing wrong with wanting something or, more importantly, going after something.  The problem is when we decide to become overly ambitious.  For example.  "Bob" is working his plan.  Everything's going well.  He's getting results, he's actually enjoying his workouts.  Then the thought pops into his head that he should be getting more results, and at a faster pace.  He therefore jumps ship and tries something else, which he later abandons for yet another program. 

For all the "Bobs" out there, they feel like they've tried it all, but really they just lost patience. 

I've written before about what I call the "Frankenprogram Syndrome," meaning a bunch of elements pieced together to form a quasi-program.  I prefer instead, a systemic approach that brings elements together in a synergistic manner.  

In both of these situations, emotions got the better of us.  We need to learn to have our emotions work FOR us, rather than against us.  When we can get a handle on that character staring back at us in the mirror,  we find that we can stay true to a single course of action, and for that, we are rewarded greatly. 

So stay the course and see what great things happen.