Sunday, January 15, 2012
Today I spent quite a bit of SparkTime reading and wanted to capture my thoughts.
It started with the Mind over Body series. I got to the one on Being Your Own Motivator:
Q1: 10 - I am "relying too much on external (extrinsic) forms of motivation and need to work on developing your internal (intrinsic) motivation". This is absolutely true - body image is a massive issue for me and how I fit into my clothes is the most significant indicator to me of success/progress.
Q2: False -I do not "feel like I am in a constant battle with myself." This is not a huge issue for my motivation but I am better at keeping appointments with others than myself; I mix in monthly sessions with a personal trainer and a weekly Pilate's class to keep me on schedule
Q3: 10 - That indicates that I "may be assuming that your behavior is dictated by external factors (the needs of other people or the “appeal” of tasty foods), rather than by internal factors (your own values and decision-making processes). It is very difficult, if not impossible, to stay motivated when you believe you have little choice about what to do or how to manage your own feelings and desires". For me it's really the appeal of tasty foods, especially at work! If there are chocolates or desserts (or whatever) I feel literally compelled to eat it. I've even eaten stale things!
Q4: 3 - I do have control over my life & my time (see Q2). I also started walking first thing in the morning so if everything goes to pot, at least I got in my 10+ minutes!
Q5: 10 - It's the first part of this statement that is completely true: "I do well for a few hours (or days or weeks), but then I have a bad time and things really go downhill." The article says you probably struggle with some strong either/or and all-or-nothing thought patterns, as well as an overdose of perfectionism. These habits are real motivation-killers. The emotional upset they cause when things inevitably don’t go perfectly makes it impossible to stay focused on what really matters: what you can learn from your slip-ups to do better next time.
I need to understand the 3-P's of failure: Personal, Permanent, Pervasive. However, I don't believe I am that pessimistic in my self-thoughts (or am I?). This will be part of my reading for this week: