GOOD MOTIVATION, BAD MOTIVATION
Think positive – research shows that focusing on the upside is a shortcut to better behaviour
“In sports psychology we talk about achievement motivation and there are two types of personalities: NACH and NAF, people with a Need to Achieve and a Need to Avoid Failure,” says Coxall. “People with a NACH personality focus upon positive aspects of their performance, and so, for example, will take on a difficult exercise or workout to achieve the goal of completing it successfully, even if failure’s a possibility. People with a NAF personality, on the other hand will see the harder workout, and have a fear of failure, and so will not take part and will choose the easier option knowing they won’t fail.” The downside of the latter? “A NAF won’t see the improvements and development that a NACH will, because in order for the human body to continually improve it needs to be constantly challenged and forced to adapt to new stimuli.” Here’s how you switch from NAF to NACH.