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Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation

Understanding Motivation


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  • Wonderful article I stopped my workouts when the scale didn't change,i was looking for motivation in the wrong place but now am back. - 7/29/2016 2:49:07 PM
  • Thank you Dean, a great article as usual! Lots of food of thought and lots of things I'm definitely 'guilt' of when it comes to beating myself up for mistakes and losing motivation after some steps back... I'm definitely ready to get back on track now! - 5/24/2016 11:04:23 AM
  • Perfection was always my problem; expected perfection and when that didn't happen it would demoralize me. This time I realized that perfection would never happen and the way eat to lose weight now maintain would be like life with some ups and downs. Ready a great Spark quote "Persistence not perfection." - 5/8/2016 9:16:16 AM
  • I see the operative words here are: choices, decisions, & responsibility; and do apply in LIFE. - 2/9/2016 4:42:13 PM
  • I think I get it!!!
    Don't get hung up on mistakes, get over it and carry on! Focus on all of the great things you have done, and take responsibility for the good and bad. - 2/8/2016 8:14:20 PM
  • Great article! Both unrealistic expectations and an all or nothing approach to perfectionism has been the cause of so many failed attempts at weight loss for me. Trying to keep a realistic goal in mind with progress, not perfections, is really my focus this time around and will hopefully be what it takes to reach my goals. - 2/5/2016 10:29:27 AM
  • Wow! I really needed to read this today! I have felt so defeated this weekend. It has been a celebration weekend for me and the scale has shown it. I felt like such a failure for eating a nice meal and having a piece of cake. I thought if I can't indulge occasionally without the scale reflecting 4 pounds, how will I ever be able to do this for the long haul? Thank you for the new motivation! - 1/31/2016 9:03:20 AM
  • This post REALLY nailed it. I was just writing a blog about the 'end of the week' desperation and stress that is killing my motivation. Thursday and Friday are killers for me. Great information - 1/30/2016 12:09:26 PM
  • Thank you for the wonderful information. I have been doing evertyhing in the article and it nice to re-read the information! - 1/24/2016 9:14:34 AM
  • I find that I am more successful when I am held accountable. Which is why I am here! - 1/1/2016 11:09:30 AM
    Hapless victim no longer!!! I WILL do 10 minutes of exercise every day!!! - 12/28/2015 8:42:55 AM
  • I was advised a couple of weeks ago that there is evidence of an old stroke on a cat scan that I had in July. This was confirmed on MRI last week. Doctor told me yesterday that the stroke was caused by hypertension. Needless to say, I've been highly motivated the last couple of weeks and I've brought my blood pressure down to normal range with medicine, diet and exercise. I'm putting sticky notes on my monitor, refrigerator and cabinets with the word "STROKE" in large, bold, capital letters, Perhaps this will serve to keep me motivated when I feel like I'm losing control. - 12/5/2015 4:22:35 PM
  • Being retired - it is so easy to just say "tomorrow I will........" But, as the saying goes, "tomorrow never comes"! So, when I want to wait until tomorrow, I just tell myself to just do it today, while I still have a today!!

    Great article, Dean. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us.
    barb - 12/5/2015 1:06:49 PM
  • I really needed the reminder that "being motivated" does NOT mean "never being tempted." I tend to perfectionism, and this was a fabulous check-in with myself. Thank you, SparkPeople. - 11/10/2015 10:56:41 PM
    I needed this! - 11/7/2015 11:55:32 AM

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