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Top 7 Motivation Mistakes

A huge pet peeve as a wellness coach, is when people tell me that they aren’t naturally motivated and that they need someone else to keep them motivated.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, so I decided to share my list of the top mistakes people often make or believe about motivation.

One size doesn’t fit all. People are motivated in all different ways. What works for one person may not work for another person.

You don’t believe in yourself.  The foundation of anything is self-belief.  You must work on your mindset daily in order to help deal with the issues that life sends your way.

You’re waiting for external motivation factors.  You need to look within yourself and your own self-reliance.  Nobody will care more about you than YOU, so it’s your own responsibility to seek and find your own motivational factors.

Not digging deep enough with goal setting.  Your WHY must be strong!  The definition of motivation is the reason or reasons one has for behaving in a certain way.  It’s up to you to really work on finding out the reasons behind your goals.  What would achieving your desired outcome do for you and your life.

Goals and actions aren’t in alignment.  Don’t set yourself up for failure by choosing goals and actions that aren’t in alignment to the priorities in your life.  See the following video for more examples:

Too much change at once. Another way people fail is that they set out to make too many changes and then find themselves in overwhelm mode.

Wrong styles of rewards and recognition.  Sometimes we have to change our course and update our rewards as things change over time, or rewards that we thought we wanted we no longer want.

Stay tuned for more on this subject as I test out some new coaching initiatives that focus on behavioral change!  As always, i love feedback and would love to hear what you want to learn about this subject.

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