Mo­ti­va­tion: Jen Wilder­strom

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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.”

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