motivated and how you can keep your motivation running like a well-charged engine!
WHAT IS MOTIVATION?
Wikipedia describes the meaning of the word motivation as the following:
“Motivation is the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs.
Motivation is also one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to
want to repeat a behavior. An individual is not motivated by
another individual”. Wikipedia
SO HOW DO YOU GET MOTIVATED?
To get motivated, you first need to have a goal in mind.
Say, for example, that your goal is to buy yourself a nice
exercise bike for your up and coming birthday.
- There is a need or a desire for a new exercise bike
- You need to find the money to buy the bike
- You need to find the right shop to go to and buy the bike
- You need to set yourself a target date to go and buy the bike.
So what happens after you have bought the exercise bike?
The next thing, obviously, would be to set it up properly and try
exercising on it.
You would, perhaps, set yourself a regular time-table to get on
the bike and have a 20-30 minutes exercise on it.
But, if you are like me and a few other people I know,
the first one month would possibly go well….
You will keep strictly to your exercise time-table..
But, then, life starts to get in the way…
You begin to create one excuse after the other why you failed
to get on the bike two days ago, and yesterday, and, today as well …
- The baby was awake earlier than usual..
- I have too much work to do..
- I needed to rush out first thing, so, I had no time..
- I get too tired after returning from work..
- My joints ache…
And so on and so forth..
Well, don’t despair .. you are not alone! We’ve all been there.
To keep yourself motivated, you need to be internally motivated – your
own reasons and desire to achieve your goals are your internal motivation.
To be internally motivated, you will need to be serious about your goal.
Your goal needs to meet your needs. You need to seriously desire to have
a change in your circumstances.
As in the example above, if your goal is to lose weight in order to avoid suffering from obesity,
then you will do your very best to keep exercising, because you have been told
by your doctor, of all the horrible side-effects of obesity. And since you really
don’t want to have those horrible side effects, you are willing to stay motivated.
Those reasons are your internalized motivational factors.
You will also need guidance and the resources to enable you achieve those goals.
On the other hand, your goal might be to make more money so that you can
get yourself and your family out of debt, or even take yourself and your family
on that long-expected holiday somewhere nice.
You, therefore need to stay motivated in order to achieve your goal.
So, whatever your goal is, you need Internalized Motivation to keep you going..
hence my free gift to you today.
To your success!
Dr Grace Anderson.