Strategy 2 – Understand Your Unique Personality
As humans, we are motivated by things that are pleasurable and rewarding.
These ‘things’ can be further broken down into three categories: power; affiliation; and achievement.
We are all motivated by all of them to some extent but most of us fall more within one category than the other two.
And by understanding our personality and personal motivators, we can begin to optimise our motivation pathways.
Let’s use some examples to help you understand this.
People who are motivated by power get gratification from being in leadership positions.
If your driver is power, you could start to post about your fitness journey or social media, or even start an exercise or healthy eating group in which you would be the leader.
Those who are motivated by affiliation enjoy spending time with family and friends.
In this case, meeting a friend or your personal trainer at the gym or going to exercise classes is a great way to increase motivation and get you eager to get to the gym.
People who are motivated by achievement enjoy overcoming challenges.
So if your driver is achievement, you could focus on setting small, realistic weekly and monthly goals, such as reducing your intake of processed foods, running a 5k race, or improving your maximum weight in the squat.
Then, once you’ve achieved that goal, to start again with a new, loftier goal.
To use the power of motivation to its fullest, experts say that you need to determine where your motivation driver is.
After some thought, once you know what your motivation driver is – power, affiliation or achievement – you can begin to brainstorm ideas (or use the examples above) that will facilitate motivation and greatly assist you in reaching your goals.