Motivation Can Be Developed Internally or Externally!
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably set health and wellness goals at one point or another. Maybe you wanted to lose a few pounds. Or improve your fitness. Or make better food choices. Whatever your goal, you likely felt a burst of motivation when you first started your journey. The excitement of a new goal kept you on track for a few days, or weeks, or even months.
But you can’t solely rely on motivation because it will eventually die out and your old habits will start to take over again...bringing you right back to where you started.
Many people view motivation as something you either have, or you don’t have. But the truth is, you can improve your motivation. And a Health & Wellness Coach can help you do it. The role of a Health & Wellness Coach isn’t just to try to motivate you with words of encouragement. Rather, your coach’s job is to empower you to achieve your goals by helping you develop intrinsic motivation.
Intrinsic motivation is the kind of motivation that comes from within, because an action brings personal satisfaction or fulfillment. And it’s much more effective for lasting change than external motivation, like deadlines, punishment, or rewards. Developing intrinsic motivation requires taking a holistic view of all the factors that affect your health and well-being. This includes your emotions, physical attributes, behavior, and lifestyle.
By working with a Health & Wellness Coach, you’ll explore these factors and develop a plan — and the mindset — to keep you motivated as you work towards your goals.
In particular, your coach will:
Help you discover the purpose behind each of your goals
Help you set clear and realistic goals
Provide support throughout the process
Each of these are critical to staying motivated and are described in more detail below.