Internal / External Motivation
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I'm definitely someone who is internally motivated. I do better in individual sports where I compete against my own records.
Even as a child, I had little interest in others' assessments. (This made me a really bizarre student, since I NEVER looked at my grades and couldn't understand why my parents thought anything but my view of what I'd learned was important.)
So, what does any of this have to do with my journey?
A few months back, I read a blog where the person was using stickers to motivate herself. I thought it was a pretty nafe idea, but, whatever floats your boat.
Recently, as my rehab keeps progressing and I can push myself more, I realized I wasn't doing a brilliant job of juggling all the facets of exercise that I needed to get back to where I wanted to be.
I'm lucky - I have a home gym so I can pretty much do what I want in the room. I bought a bunch of different colored smiley face stickers and started to use them on my calendar.
The first 10 days are in with the following:
Strength: 10 /10
2nd cardio: 10/10
10,000 steps: 9/10
15,000 steps: 4/10
Stayed within calorie range: 8/10
New stretches: 3/3
These silly stickers are pushing me to do more. One night, I came home and realized that another 600 steps would get me a new sticker, so I went for a walk. Then again, last night, with the same number to get to 20,000 steps, I simply couldn't move myself that much without really hurting my ankle.
So, I'm figuring there may be room for external motivation in my life after all.