Have you ever wondered why some people seem to effortlessly stick to their workouts and healthy eating habits while you're still trying to figure out how to balance your life, work, and that uncontrollable urge to devour a bag of potato chips at midnight? We've all been there.
The Power of Your 'Why' Well, here's a little secret, backed by some snazzy neuroscience: It's all about your "why." You see, the magic of lasting motivation comes from within. It's not about that new gym outfit or the guilt-trip donut memes; it's about discovering your deep, intrinsic reason for doing what you do. Tip: Dig Deep and Define Your 'Why' It's time to put on your detective hat and get down to the nitty-gritty of your 'why.' Ask yourself questions like, "Why do I want to get healthier and fitter?" and "What will it mean for my life?" The key is to connect your 'why' with your personal values, not just some vague goal that society tells you to chase. So, whether it's being a superhero for your kids or just wanting to feel fabulous in your own skin, this is where you find your ultimate motivation.
The Brain's Reward System
Here's where your brain gets to shine. It has this handy-dandy reward system that douses you with happy chemicals when you achieve something. Think of it as your brain's way of saying, "Good job!" Whether it's finishing a grueling workout or resisting that midnight snack, your brain is ready to throw a party in your honor.
Tip: Rewire Your Brain for Success Harness this power! When you accomplish a fitness goal or stick to your healthy eating plan, your brain unleashes a cascade of those feel-good chemicals. This is where you start connecting your 'why' to your brain's reward system. Those little victories are more than just physical; they're a direct path to aligning your actions with your inner motivations.
Intrinsic Motivation Rules All Intrinsic motivation is like the holy grail of getting things done. It's when your desires align perfectly with your personal values. When your 'why' is intrinsically motivated, it's like rocket fuel for your determination.
Tip: Align Your 'Why' with Your Values
The secret sauce to make it all work is to connect your 'why' with your core values. When you're working towards something that resonates with who you truly are, you're much more likely to stay on track. It's like convincing your brain that you're doing exactly what you're meant to be doing – and that's a game-changer.
So, there you have it, the grand motivation masterplan – all backed by a bit of brain science. It's time to crack your own code and unlock that unstoppable drive within you. Your 'why' is your guiding star, and once you've connected it to your personal values, nothing can stop you from reaching your health and fitness goals.
The Refire Your Mind program is exactly what I’ve created to walk clients through the process of taking back their brain power and developing healthier habits. It’s a module-based course that coaches you through video lessons, downloadable resources and worksheets. I’m opening this program up again in January 2024! Be sure to secure your spot by getting on the waitlist – you’ll get early sign-up access!
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