Connecting with your WHY is fundamental in setting goals for your health and all other areas of your life. It’s important to focus on what you want in order to achieve long-term results.
Personally rewarding (intrinsically motivated) goals are easier to maintain and will eventually become a habit. Extrinsic motivation is dependent on external rewards that are outside of an individual’s control.
Answer these questions to understand your WHY and determine your intrinsic motivation:
- What is the end goal? First, define your goal. What would you like to achieve in the next month, 6 months, or year? If you clearly define what you want, you’ll be able to take actionable steps to reach your objective.
- Why is this goal beneficial for your long-term health? Make a list of all the potential benefits of reaching your goal. You may discover some additional benefits that you weren’t originally seeking in the process.
- What is the root cause? Understanding the root cause for change is a key factor in achieving our health goals. For example, if you are an emotional eater, your root cause may be that you see food as a comforting outlet. It’s important to address the root cause to eliminate the chance of it resurfacing.
Continue reminding yourself of your reasons for change by writing them down in a journal or pinning them to a vision board where you will see them regularly. That way, you’ll have the confidence and momentum to achieve success.
Ask me, for additional tips on defining your why and identifying your intrinsic motivation on your journey to life long health.