Motivation: mōdəˈvāSH(ə)n/ the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
It’s a new year! And time for a resolution revolution. Many of you are making resolutions and goals to become a better version of yourself…or you’re still recovering from New Year’s Eve because you didn’t follow any of our tips. But it’s time to talk about what motivates you. No matter what your motivation is, your focus should reflect the areas of your life that you’re trying to change. Don’t make change more difficult on yourself by trying to master changing in all areas at first. Our latest Really, Truly Fit Podcast discusses those factors that motivate you and ways that you can bust through those barriers to help you achieve them. It’s time to be the best YOU that you can be.
Statistics on New Year’s Resolutions
What Motivates you?
There are many reasons people motivate to change. Think about what is motivating you to consider changing your behaviors in the New Year. What has motivated you in the past to make changes? Is your motivation Intrinsic or Extrinsic?
Intrinsic Motivation: involves engaging in behavior because it is personally rewarding; essentially, performing an activity for its own sake rather than the desire for some external reward.
Extrinsic Motivation: occurs when we are motivated to perform a behavior or engage in an activity to earn a reward or avoid punishment.
Intrinsic motivation is going to be stronger, so find things that will be personally rewarding to you over external rewards.
The Top 10 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions are:
- Lose Weight
- Get Organized
- Spend Less, Save More
- Enjoy Life
- Stay Fit and Healthy
- Learn Something New
- Quit Smoking
- Help Others Follow their Dreams.
- Fall in Love
- Spend More Time with Family
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar
Bust Through Those Resolution Barriers
Before you prepare to make your resolutions or goals, it’s important to consider what barriers have stopped you in the past, or what barriers you perceive might stop you this time. Understanding what could potentially set you back will help you prepare better to face them in the future. The idea of identifying what causes you to stop, or turn back on your journey is to identify
Don’t know where to begin? Take some time to think about where you want to be visually and changes in your life that will have to occur.
Do you feel that the change is too difficult? Change can be difficult, but with the right preparation you can set yourself up for success. Contact a professional such as a Dietitian, Personal Trainer to help you toward your journey.
Did you find it Boring/Not as exciting as your current behavior? Change doesn’t have to be boring. And, as long as you plan for it, you can still reward yourself with things you enjoy such as a treat meal.
Lack of Time? Time can be a big barrier when you already have a busy schedule, but with the right guidance and realistic goal setting you can set aside time to work towards your goals. Look at your own life, when can you fit in time to work toward your goals? Can you wake up a little earlier to get in a good workout? Set aside time on a Sunday to meal prep your food?
So, what you your goals for the new year?