Motivation is a process that has its own dynamics and is subject to the same changes as your needs and desires. Every action you take has a meaning for you – the reason you do it. The importance of what you do is dependent to a large extent, the level of its performance, and consequently – your ultimate success or failure.
The origin of motivation
Where does motivation come from? If it accompanies a targeted one for the purpose of action, it must be based on a need that requires it to be satisfied. In order to activate your inner motivation, you must know what is needed. So – how many well-recognized needs, so many potential motivations.
What motivates me?
What motivation is effective when talking about weight loss? One that will work in your particular case. However, it is better to ask the question how to awaken the right motivation that will help me lose weight? The American psychologist, Julian Rotter, talks about two types of people. Some put a sense of control inside themselves, while others place themselves outside.
The former think that the course of events depends on them, and those with the external location of control – that the world and their life are governed by a blind destiny. If you have an internal sense of control, it will be easier for you to find your own reasons why you want to lose weight and start working. However, if you are closer to the second group, try to pay more attention for your internal resources and opportunities that you can use in slimming.
When planning to start a diet or training program, it is important to clearly answer the questions that will guide this venture. Why do I want to lose weight? What is the value of my BMI *? How is my GP assessing my weight? How do I feel while maintaining my current weight? What will happen when I can lose weight?
How will I feel then?
Answer precisely, avoid generalities. If you want to lose weight, to increase your attractiveness, answer who I want to please? Why is it important to me? Specify how many kilos you want to lower your weight and set the time needed for it.
It is good to make motivation a construction based on many pillars
– when one of them falls, the risk of collapsing the whole enterprise will be lower. The more you have the reasons you want to lose weight, the more stable your efforts will be.
Through emotional hardships to the stars
But what can be done in a situation where it is difficult to find any motivation? Think about what can stop you? Look more closely at your fears and reluctance you gave up. If you think that you are eating too many calories, it is possible that the search for motivation for weight loss should start with answering the question why I eat too much? How does food affect my emotions?
It is from the dynamics of emotion that the motivational process depends, and understanding the emotions associated with the desire to lose weight lies at the heart of your efforts.
* BMI (Body Mass Index) – is the weight ratio (in kg) and height2 (in meters), e.g. BMI of a person weighing 64 kg and measuring 170 cm is 64 1.72 = 64 2.89 = 22
According to the World Health Organization, BMI below 18.5 testifies with underweight, 18.5-25 is a normal weight, more than 25 means overweight.