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An exercise in motivation

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sorry for the textbook approach, but when there's an issue about, I like to research emoticon. I found out there are several different types of motivation.

Incentive: a form of motivation that involves rewards, both monetary and nonmonetary. Many people are driven by the knowledge that they will be rewarded in some manner for achieving a certain target or goal.

Fear: fear motivation involves consequences. This type of motivation is often one that is utilized when incentive motivation fails. The ‘carrot and stick’ hypothesis. If we break the rules or fail to achieve the set goal, we are penalized in some way.

Achievement: achievement motivation is also commonly referred to as the drive for competency, the drive to achieve goals, tackle new challenges. Motivation for achievement may involve a desire or need to receive positive feedback from both our peers and our superiors.

Growth: the need for self-improvement is truly an internal motivation. A burning desire to increase our knowledge of ourselves and of the outside world can be a very strong form of motivation. Motivation for growth can be seen as a yearning for change. Stagnation can be viewed as negative and undesirable.

Power: the motivation of power can either take the form of a desire for autonomy or desire to control others around us. We want to have choices and control over our own lives.

Social: many people are motivated by social factors. This may be a desire to belong and to be accepted by a specific peer group or a desire to relate to the people in our sphere or in the larger world. We have an innate need to feel a connection with others. We also have the need for acceptance and affiliation.

The take home for all of this?

--Understanding the different types of motivation in order to determine which form of it is the most effective for inspiring the desired behavior in either others or ourselves.
--None of these styles of motivation is inherently good or bad.

So how to get motivated? Here are 10 (or 11) ways that make the most sense to me:

1) Think wellness not weight loss.
2) Set reasonable goals.
3) LIMIT but do not ELIMINATE.
4) Pace yourself.
5) Take stock of any and all of the positive changes new eating habits have brought you.
6) Celebrate the small victories
7) Drop the "perfect" mentality.
8) Be kind to yourself.
9) Nix the “all or nothing” approach.
10) When you fall down, get right back up and try again.

For me, the 11th one is to advertise the goals somewhere, like a sign on the fridge or on my desk. Just a reminder about eating healthy, because it seems to get lost by the afternoon, lol. Will be printing one out as soon as I post this.

Here's another motivator. Sweets with her tennis balls (oy, always with the tennis balls):

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RACEWELLWON 2/28/2014 3:13PM

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2BDYNAMIC 2/22/2014 10:16AM

    I love this blog! And go for health, not perfection or get hung up on the wt. loss end of it! ............ Hooray--you have my vote! emoticon

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CLUMBOY 2/21/2014 9:59AM

    excellent thoughts! we are of the same mind. now go throw some tennis balls:-)
we can't do them here--shambles eats them.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/21/2014 9:57AM


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BLITZEN44 2/21/2014 1:42AM

    Good lesson. Cute dog pic. I think we can see what motivates the dog. ;) Ours loves her tennis balls too!

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DOGLADY13 2/20/2014 11:06PM

    Growth and Achievement are HUGE motivators for me. I don't need a lot of external approval - mostly from my husband. Once I make up my mind that I want to do something, I do it mostly for myself.

I'm glad you researched Motivation. I learned from it. Thanks!

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BUBBALOOGA123 2/20/2014 10:31PM

    Just what I needed to read today -- thank you! I am missing that fun New Years energy (from your research, I would say achievement oriented). BUT with spring right around the corner, I just know it will come back again. Everything in this world is temporary! Thanks for motivating me. :)

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KELLIEBEAN 2/20/2014 9:31PM

    Excellent blog. Lessons we all need to remember!

Adorable dog!


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TRINIITY1 2/20/2014 8:33PM

    Your approach looks good! I know exactly how it is to lose your mojo! I lost mine completely awhile back but I still stuck around here and I am so glad for that as I have some of it back and getting more! Just hang in there! Whatever you do, just don't completely quit! Sometimes a break from pressure is good. We all need to deload once in a while.

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WATERMELLEN 2/20/2014 8:13PM

    Great blog AND a great picture!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/20/2014 7:51PM

    Great blog... and all valid tips. Kicking Polly Perfectionist to the curb was a big one for me. Giving myself permission to fail (i.e. nix the all or nothing) to free me to soar was another.


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UMBILICAL 2/20/2014 7:34PM

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