The Secret Ingredient You Need for Stronger Motivation
I hear it all the time.Whether it’s a friend who is struggling to lose weight or someone I overhear talking in line for coffee, there’s always a hint of desperation in his or her voice: “I know what to do to lose weight, I just need to do it. I need to get more motivated.”There is a grain of truth to this statement. If you can find the right source of motivation, you’d shock yourself with the things you could accomplish.
But if you’re even thinking this way in the first place, you probably already know how important it is to eat well and stay active. You are motivated.In fact, you might even be motivated enough to sign up with a personal trainer, or pay a nutritionist to overhaul your diet.So why is it still so hard to follow through on these commitments? Often the problem is not your level of motivation, but a counterproductive mindset that undermines it.
When you think of building motivation, you probably think about rewards and punishments. Carrots and sticks. And when it comes to health, you might think that too many carrots (or carrot cake?) is exactly your problem.The logical conclusion then, is that you need more discipline. This is why you’re inclined to pay someone to torture you in bootcamp. If you can’t force your own butt to go out in the cold and run stadiums at 6 a.m., maybe Meathead Mike can make you.