Think pos­i­tive – re­search shows that fo­cus­ing on the up­side is a short­cut to bet­ter be­hav­iour

Men's Fitness - - Features | Motivation -

“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.

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