EXAMINE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MOTIVATION
It is important to understand the differences between internal and external motivation and to know which one is driving your motivation and your decisions. External Motivation involves pleasing others, looking good, being accepted, and taking no risks. Internal Motivation focuses on pleasing yourself, looking and feeling healthy, being a leader, and taking risks.
EXAMINING YOUR MOTIVATION
To understand the role of motivation in your health and fitness journey, ask yourself the following questions: “What do you want to achieve by creating a healthy lifestyle? Can you picture where you want to be? Do you believe that you can attain your health and fitness goals? Have you taken the time to plan the path to get there? Once you understand WHAT you are striving to achieve, look at WHY it is important that you achieve the goals that you have defined. Be clear on your reasons for specific goals, since your WHY will create a solid foundation. It will fuel your desire, determination and dedication as you pursue your goals.
“Why enter the second half of my life in an aging decrepit vehicle when I could train myself into a younger zippier sports car? While my project was almost entirely physical — run a fast marathon, lose weight, kick the social smoking habit, eat better, get stronger and faster — I also wanted to get happier. I wanted to haul myself out of a mid-life malaise and charge into the second act of my life with the wisdom of my years but the piss and vigour of my twenties.”
Margaret Webb, Older, Faster, Stronger, (New York, Rodale Books, 2014)