Your weight loss motivation can quickly disappear unless you understand what really moves you to take action. Think of it in terms of being motivated by either the carrot or the stick.
If you are motivated by the carrot, then you think in terms of moving towards your goal. You find your goals exciting and look forward to achieving them.
You will be looking forward to how great you will look and feel. You’ll be thinking about how it will feel to have loose fitting pants.If you are motivated by the CARROT, then you think in terms of moving towards your goal. Click To Tweet
Ask ‘Why is losing weight important to you?’ and you might hear yourself say:
- “I’ll be able to buy new clothes in a smaller size”
- “People will notice how great I look”
- “I’ll have more energy”
People who are motivated by the carrot see life through rose colored glasses. They tend to look at the good and ignore any potential problems which sometimes means they can be perceived as being naïve by others.
Not everyone is motivated by moving towards a goal. Some are motivated by moving away from the stick. If this sounds like you, you will be moved to take action when there is a problem to be solved. Deadlines are your friend and threats work really well.
You’re concentrating on how you feel right now. You’ll be thinking about how you will avoid a heart attack… or how your pants are too tight.If you are motivated by the STICK, then you think in terms of moving away from your problem. Click To Tweet
Ask ‘Why is losing weight important to you?’ and you will likely hear yourself say thinks like:
- “I won’t have to squeeze into my pants anymore”
- “I want to get rid of my gut”
- “I want to prevent a heart attack from happening
People who are motivated by the stick are often too focused on problems. They tend to drop their priorities and focus their attention on the crisis of the day. They can be perceived as cynical by others.
The Carrot AND the Stick
Some are a little bit of both. This type of person is in the minority. You’ll hear them say something like ‘My clothes won’t be tight anymore and I’ll get to buy new ones’.
What to Do with Your Weight Loss Motivation?
So why do you want to lose weight? Is it because your clothes are too tight or because you want to look good? Determine what your weight loss goals are and then…
- If you are motivated by your problems, tell yourself: ‘You won’t get anywhere if you don’t have a goal’.
- If you are motivated by your goals, tell yourself: ‘My goals will take me where I want to go.’
Combine these statements with your specific goals and repeat them often until it becomes part of your daily self talk. This is what will help to keep you on track to achieving your goals – so you won’t be stuck where you are.
When it comes to weight loss motivation, which is it for you? The carrot or the stick?
Big humdinger hugs,
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