The dictionary defines “motivation” this way: The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way; the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
Motivation has become quite the popular topic in the past several decades. Everywhere you look, books by influential motivational speakers top the bestseller list. Courses and conferences sell out. Clearly, people are looking for reasons and ways to achieve more; to become the best version of themselves.
How many times have we eagerly started a weight loss program or joined a gym, karate, or Zumba class with every intention of attending the classes regularly? For the first month or two, we are faithful. Then our motivation begins to fizzle and the next thing you know, once again, we stop going altogether and we make every excuse to justify not exercising or eating healthily.
“I had to work late.”
“I don’t really feel good.”
“I didn’t get home from my daughter’s ball game until late.”
“Choir practice ran longer than it usually does.”
“I travel a lot for my job.”
“I’m a CPA and from January through April, I’m too busy.”
“I really don’t need to exercise or lose weight.”
“I’m big boned.”
“I’ve always been thick.”
“I’m all muscle.”
Do any of those sound familiar?
My work here at Liberty HealthShare is health and wellness, so I spend a lot of my time thinking about how we can best inspire our members to overcome excuses and make healthy choices. If motivation is a “driving force”, where does it come from? How do we pull that driving force from deep within us and make the choice to pursue health? And how do we continue drawing on that driving force through the days, weeks, months, and years that follow our initial decision? Is an incentive the key? Could it be as simple as, “I want to be healthier before something happens?” Is it the recommendation of a physician? Would it take a health scare to jolt us into action? Are we motivated by our family members?
For me, it’s my grandchildren. Yes, I want to be healthy for me, but my incentive - my driving force - is my grandchildren. I want to live to see them grow up, to see them graduate, to be able to attend their many extracurricular activities, to be an active “mamaw” in their lives, to see them marry, and to be a great-grandmother to their children. It helps that they constantly say, “Mamaw, we want you to live forever.” That’s my incentive. Could our motivation come from the simplest and yet the most powerful word: LOVE? Do we love ourselves and our families enough to pursue health?
I’m asking all members: Do you need an incentive to become motivated? What is your driving force?
I want to compile a list of what motivates YOU, our members, to make healthy choices. Then I want to share your ideas, answers, and tips in our next newsletter. I believe that, if we share our experiences and incentives with one another, we’ll find even greater inspiration and motivation than if we try to go it alone.
Please email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Health and Wellness Director