Motivation: Jen Wilderstrom
Motivation is a funny thing. Take this study in the New England Journal of Medicine from 2015, for example. It found that among smokers in cessation programs, those who stood to lose $150 if they failed were twice as likely to quit the habit. Even with all the huge health benefits of quitting, not wanting to give up their deposit was ultimately what made many people able to stop smoking.
The point is that we have a natural aversion to losing, and that can actually spur us to make the needed changes in our lives. Which brings me to you. Since much of what motivates us is rooted in being loss-averse, my question to you is this: What are you not willing to lose out on anymore?
No matter what has kept you from fully committing to a more healthy life, a new workout regimen, or even just more positive self-talk, it’s time to look at things from this different angle— consider these the real valuables that you would do anything not to give up. It could be the $150 moment that finally sparks you to live on the path you belong on.
Feeling confident in your skin? Playing with the kids in your
life? Being truly healthy? Trying new activities? Dating?
This is how SHAPE reader Azliza Halim stays motivated. Entreprenuer, @azlizas
“All my life I’ve struggled with my body weight, and tried many kinds of diets, but the effects of those only lasted for a while. Currently, I’m happy with my progress because I strive for a lifestyle change rather than just aiming for weight loss. I also have a strong foundation in fitness and nutrition now compared to before. Starting with small lifestyle changes, I’ve been consistent with my workouts while keeping it fun! As I progressed, I made more changes and never looked back. I have lost over 20% of body fat in two years, and counting! I suppose I don’t want that to end.”