Motivation is one of the most misunderstood parts of personal growth and development, but it can be particularly insidious with regard to your health.
It is very likely that you've heard before that people are motivated in one of two primary ways...
We are either "Move Toward" or "Move Away From" with the move toward typically orienting us toward things that will bring us more pleasure and the move away from orienting us away from things that will bring us pain in some way.
While there is some validity to this concept overall it really misses the mark with actually creating a meaningful and lasting change in your life.
This type of motivation is incredibly prevalent and you'll notice it in the, largely ineffective, carrots and sticks that have been the norm in our culture for decades. You see it in schools, workplaces and even in relationships as an attempt to motivate others.
Occasionally it does work temporarily, but even then it usually ends up feeling pretty forced.
When it comes to extrinsic motivation, the motivation that is external to us, you can do a lot better than just carrots and sticks.
One of my mentors once told me "The only reason you need motivation is to do something that you don't want to do."
What I believe he was referring to with that statement is the way we traditionally view motivation as being something that is external to us in the carrots and sticks model of motivation that is wildly variable in the results that it creates for most people.
If you fall in love with what you are doing or you really want to do it, then external motivation isn't necessary. You do it because you want to do it. In my opinion, if each of us pursued those things in our lives there would be a lot more joy and success in the world.
Not success in the traditional sense of only focusing on the achievement of some predetermined finish line, but the success that comes from within where you know you are pursuing something that challenges you and provides the space for you to consistently grow.
So how can we do that? Is there a way to strategically go about creating this type of love for the things that can ultimately lead to the health that is so important to each and every one of us?
We'll get back to that in a moment...