What propels you forward, not only in your own journey toward health and fitness, but also toward your own happiness?
The theory of motivation has been well researched and documented. You can learn more about the science and psychology of motivation through Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs or Herzberg's Two Factor Theory, but I would like to address it using a more personal approach.
This isn’t science-based, it’s Cori-based. These are observations I have made, that help me when I am struggling to find motivation, and I hope will help you.
The one constant that I have found motivates each and every one of us is the people in our lives we choose to surround ourselves with.
We make connections with people, they make an imprint in our lives. These imprints linger, even when the people that have influenced us move on.
The people we surround ourselves with educate us, influence our psychological well being, affect our physical health, and give us the social connections that are necessary in order for us to grow and develop new perspectives.
It is the people we choose to surround ourselves with who allow us to fully realize our own potential, either through positive or negative experiences.
Are you surrounding yourself with people who say they are too stressed to fit exercise into their routine, work too much, are too busy, or have too many things to do in order to eat right?
We each receive the same 24 hours in a day, the same 168 hours in a week.
We each have the choice to have happiness and positivity in our lives.
We each have the choice to strive toward our goals.
We each have the choice of who we spend our time with, and we must be aware of how people's actions, words and thoughts motivate and influence us.
It is important to know what it is that makes us happy, to know what we have passion for in life, and to decide that we do in fact have time for own happiness.
Knowing what influences your own happiness and choosing to surround yourself with people who are in line with your own personal visions of happiness, goals and dreams is the key.
We also each must decide how we will influence others when they have decided to invest their time with us.
Deciding to create a schedule, a lifestyle, friendships, relationships, and a profession that suits your passions and supports your unique version of happiness is an important part of internally motivating yourself.
You will be more motivated to strive for your best when you are working your passion. This is true not only in your health and fitness, but in your relationships with others, family life, and profession.
Make a conscious effort to surround yourself with people who motivate you to live your passions, be healthy and truly happy.
Then lead by example and be the person who motivates the others around you to do the same.