Are you frustrated by a lack of motivation to start your wellness goals? Or maybe you participated in a fitness program but now that it’s over, you can’t seem to continue on your own? Unfortunately, motivation or the lack of it is a struggle for many.
You aspire to eat better or get more sleep, yet you are not driven to take action. Where is the drive to meet your self-care needs? Well, there are two ways you can kick yourself into gear. One is a short term fix that you may be familiar with already – the one coming from external sources. Maybe it’s your husband telling you to pay attention to your health. Or your company offering incentives when you walk 10000 steps daily.
Unfortunately, this type of motivation doesn’t last long. I would guess you’d rather have the other kind of motivation. The motivation that comes from within, in other words ‘self-motivation.’ It’s what you would need to make changes in your lifestyle that would lead you to the health and wellness you desire. No one else is driving it but you. You probably would need help or guidance at some point, but ultimately you are in the driver’s seat.
So let’s draw out your self-motivation by asking yourself these three questions:
- What are the values do you want to live by in your life? In a previous post, I talked about connecting your values with your wellness. This is a powerful exercise to do as you discover what matters to you the most.
- What would you like more in your life? Energy to do the things you love to do? Be a role model for your family or in your community? Feel best in your body, mind, and spirit?
- What are you are doing today that hinders you from living your values or achieving what you want more in life?
It’s difficult to face the hard truth about yourself. But when you ask self-reflective questions, you start to notice the inconsistencies you have in your life. After all, the first step in your journey towards change is awareness. Knowing where the gaps are, so you can spend time focusing on closing those gaps.
I am curious to know where your motivation comes from. From within? Or outside sources What keeps you motivated?