Type of Motivation > Amount of Motivation
Motivation is a moody character.
Relying on it entirely... is a bad idea.
Instead seeking MORE #motivation (the hashtag has 231 million posts), I would encourage you to take a closer look at the motivation you already have and ensuring it’s the *good* kind.
In my last post I went over our 3 basic psychological needs, defined by Self Determination Theory.
These needs help differentiate between:
The 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗢𝗙 our goals (e.g. personal development, connection with others, fame & fortune, physical attractiveness)
And also the 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗥 our goals (e.g. conform to everyone else, self-esteem boosting, to feel good and empowered)
👆Understanding the content and reasoning behind your goal pursuit determines the 𝗧𝗬𝗣𝗘 𝗢𝗙 motivation…
And according to research, the type (extrinsic vs. intrinsic) makes a massive difference in your health & fitness goals, especially when it comes to long term success (meta analysis: Ng et al., 2012)
People will often come to you with extrinsic motivators that haven’t been working for them (hence, hiring you)
Instead of overlooking this, dive deeper with them.
Intrinsic motivation can be cultivated (and a growth mindset along with it) — and as coach, you have the opportunity to help others uncover it.