Sunday, January 20, 2013


What motivates you?

It took me a long time to figure out what motivated me and an even longer time to figure out how to use that to spur myself into action.

Lately, I have been reading about the differences between "Intrinsic Motivation" and"Extrinsic Motivation" and how they inspire in different ways. Extrinsic motivation is an external source of motivation, it is a voice telling you that "you will do something" in order to achieve a certain result. Intrinsic motivation comes from within, you know that a certain action or behavior will bring about an outcome and you ask yourself "will I do this?"

Guess which one works long term. Intrinsic.

You can try and force a change in behavior and action, tell yourself "it takes 21 days to form a habit", but that modification gets dropped the second you are presented with an easy way out.

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The trick is finding a way to enjoy this modification so that it becomes easy to answer "HECK YES" to the question of "will I do this?" Whether it be learning to eat better, work out more effectively or even at all.

I find myself being motivated by the possibility of being more efficient. If I can alter my workouts to incorporate one movement that takes the place of two, I'm a happy camper. If I find a new recipe for an old favorite that makes my huge pasta dinner a better fit for my nutrition plan (helloooooo spaghetti squash), I'm over the moon.

spaghetti squash with canned tomatoes, shredded chicken, spinach, zucchini, and roasted eggplant with a glass of wine

Finding what motivates you is a long and experimental process. Did I mention that it's a process you'll never finish? As you change, what motivates you also changes. What spurred you into action when you were a teenager is not going to cut it in your twenties and what motivates me in my twenties is probably not going to be what gets my motor going when I turn thirty and ascend the adulthood ladder. :)

So think about what motivates you, whether it be a person, images, sayings, or maybe even a poster with a kitten, I won't judge. But once you figure out what motivates you, immerse yourself and use it.

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