What Motivates You?
To succeed in something, you have to be motivated to start and achieve something. Is that right?
Motivation comes in 2 forms. External and internal or extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation comes from external stimuli, other people, a coach maybe or an upcoming competition or event. Intrinsic motivation comes from within you as a person. Factors that affect you. For example your health or determination to change your body shape or lift that heavier weight – for your own personal gratification.
Intrinsic motivation is believed to be the form of motivation that has the longevity to get people to their desired goals. Which seems right, people try and achieve their goals for themselves and no one else. Whether it be for an internal sense of accomplishment of social status.
But what motivates you? What drives you to achieving your goals? Are you out for social recognition or to just better yourself from yesterday? Did you set goals or make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year? What drove you to make these decisions and are you still motivated to achieving these goals? We are all very different and different things motivate us to do things. Have you ever stopped to work out what really motivates you? And is it internal or external factors? Striving to attain better health and fitness and having my clothes fit comfortably is something that drives me to eat well and exercise most days. I do this for myself, to feel good but I know that I do it to attain recognition from others as well. But I know that I mainly do it for me. To feel good, to keep my energy levels high and my mood elevated. I know that exercising helps that and that eating well helps keep my body healthy and functioning correctly – keeping down risk of disease and ill health.
There are many theories on motivation but it is clear that any type of motivation is key to achieving things in life. Where does it come from, external or internal? It comes from wanting to achieve. And that can only be a good thing. Maybe take the time and work out what you want to achieve this year and address what is going to motivate you to do that this year. And also note your obstacles. This can help you to overcome them. But maybe if you address both of these things you may see a difference in your behaviour. You may have more drive and foresight in to how to overcome things.
People have all different types of goals. If any of yours are related to your health and fitness – we would love to hear about them. Getting in to the psyche of fitness is a real passion of mine. It is not all about ability. Let’s see what we can achieve together.