Motivation is a process that initiates, guides, and maintains behaviors. It’s what causes you to act in a way that moves you towards your goals. It involves biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces to activate behavior or action. Often described as why a person does something at the core. Anyone who has set out to accomplish something has likely pushed through obstacles and had endurance, whether mentally or physically, to achieve the goal in the face of challenges.
Motivation helps you:
Motivation can come from a variety of sources, but the two core categories of motivation are referred to as intrinsic and extrinsic. Both sources can help with getting into an “action phase” with your goals, making you focused on reaching them!
Once motivation is present, whether intrinsic or extrinsic, reaching your goals will be easier and more likely. Keeping motivation top-of-mind is critical for reaching your goals, no matter what they are.
Here are some helpful steps when thinking about your goals and motivation:
Motivation levels wax and wane over time depending on what’s going on in life. At times you may have intrinsic motivation, and other times you may need extrinsic motivation.
This is why the concept of ‘anchor behaviors’ can be helpful. Anchor behaviors are habits you do on a daily basis that help to anchor your lifestyle routine. They could be as simple as carrying a water bottle with you, testing your blood glucose or blood pressure, taking your medications in the morning or night, etc. By doing these habits each day, you are focusing on anchoring yourself during your day. You may notice that as you start to do these habits it becomes easier to make other healthy choices, or at least build awareness around daily habits.
Remember that picking the healthy choice isn’t always the easiest or most natural, and that’s ok! By showing up, making a plan, and following through with it you’ve brought awareness and more healthy choices into your life. This is how your Health Coach can work with you to determine a path forward with whatever goal(s) you want to work on.
There are 3 R’s for habit formation:
as of September 2023. Kelsea is a Registered Dietitian with her Masters degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University.
Always be sure to reach out to your healthcare team when making changes to your diet or lifestyle. There are certain conditions and medications that need to be considered.