Why is it important to understand this?
What does understanding this achieve?
Why do you train Parkour? Some people can explain exactly why they train, others are not so certain or have no idea at all. For some people the reasons are important. For others they do not matter. Many people will find that their reasons change over time. When it comes to someone helping you train they usually need to know your purpose for training so that they can provide you with what you are looking for. If you are not feeling satisfied with training and what you are achieving it is usually because you are not getting the results you want. This can be especially complicated when you are not really sure why you are training and you are feeling dissatisfied with your own progression or lack thereof.
Understanding why you are training is important as it influences your motivation levels. Without the correct motivation you generally won’t continue to train.
Understanding your reasons for training will generally influence how long you end up training Parkour and how competent you become at Parkour. Once you get to a certain point with your training the only way to progress will be to train in a manner different to the usual method most people adopt when they begin Parkour. For many people they start out either as social jammer’s, gathering with others to play about for the most part. Alternatively people get a start training predominantly in organised classes. Social jamming and/or attending classes will only get you so far. To continue to progress to a high standard (assuming that is your goal) you have to go beyond these methods of training. This is where it gets hard and the point where understanding why you do Parkour becomes vitally important. Mostly because when you go past this point things are generally a lot harder, and when things get hard you generally start to question yourself, and if there are no answers or the answers are not meaningful enough then usually you stop, and go do something else.
Parkour presents some interesting challenges to the individual that takes it up. Generally, with many activities there are plenty of external motivations to keep you involved and interested. Things such as competition, social events/interaction or grading’s or levels of competence to achieve. Parkour has no grading’s and no competitions and the social scene can change dramatically within the space of weeks. With many activities, with out even realising it, you are given goals to achieve. These goals give you the necessary motivation to keep you particitpating. You usually don’t even have to think about it, you enjoy your chosen activity because you achieve things. It’s an innate reaction you have to achievement and success. Without it people usually stop because you don’t get that ‘winning feeling’ any more. If you are continuing even though you usually lose or fail to succeed all the time it would most probably be the social element that keeps you involved. Because Parkour has no competitions, grading’s or belts many people tend to stop or give up once they stop getting the feeling of progression and learning new things. When the time between getting something new or progressing starts to become months rather than days or weeks the motivation to keep training tends to drop and people busy themselves with doing other things. This illustrates how important it is to understand your motivations for training Parkour. Your motivations will inform you if you still need to train to meet the goals you have set yourself. Having those goals will maintain your interest and motivation when you reach a point diminishing returns in your training.
SOME REALISATIONS AND POINTS WHEN THINKING ABOUT MOTIVATION.
Some people don’t actually want to train Parkour, they just don’t realise it. This is fine, it’s not a bad thing, you just need to be honest with yourself.
As you continue to train you may find that your reasons for training change.
Sometimes you just don’t know what you really want
Sometimes you don’t know how to judge if you have reached your goal.
Sometimes you decide you just don’t want to do it any more.
Another benefit to knowing why you are training is that when you reach the point that you were aiming for you know when you can start to train something else?.
This all leads into goals setting and motivation as a system and method.
As you continue to train you may find that your reasons for training change, this is natural and normal. It can become complicated if those you usually train with do not feel the same way. As the reasons change so do your methods of training. Quite often the people you normally train with will not want to change. At this point you have to question if what you enjoy about training is doing it with your friends or what you get out of Parkour for yourself.