Do you Know What Matters?

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

I just watched an interesting video about motivation, more specifically, intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation.

carrot v stick

When it comes to changing your behavior, think of…

…the stick as some external motivation to change.

…the carrot as an internal desire to change from within.

According to Dan Pink and the research that he sites in his talk(see below for link,) intrinsic motivators win in almost every circumstance except one. The stick works better if the task is “mechanical,” meaning repetitive with steps that are clearly indicated.

There are 3 properties of motivation

According to Pink, below are the properties that truly motivate people.

Autonomy: the urge to direct your own life.

Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters.

Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something that matters.

If you’re reading this,

You want to direct your own life as relates to your overall wellness. You have the desire to work to get stronger, healthier and more energized. What is the purpose of your effort to get stronger and healthier? I challenge you to find it. I believe that is the key to a lifetime of enjoyment of being as healthy as you want to be.

It’s your purpose and it is unique to you. It may be to have more energy, to lose weight so you can be more active with your children, to lower your blood pressure or to live longer. It may be something completely different. The only requirement is that it matters to you.

Your challenge today is to think about why your commitment to being healthy matters to you. Post why it matters to comment because I want to know what motivates you.

Here’s a link to the TED talk by Dan Pink. The video is 11:00 minutes long in case you choose to watch it.


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