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The Secret Ingredient You’re Missing for Stronger Motivation

By DARYA ROSE

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I hear it all the time. Whether it’s a friend who is struggling to lose weight or someone I overhear in line for coffee, there’s always a hint of desperation in their voice: “I know what to do to lose weight, I just need to do it. I need to get more motivated.”

There is a grain of truth to this statement. If you can find the right source of motivation, you’d shock yourself with the things you could accomplish. But if you’re even thinking this way in the first place, you probably already know how important it is to eat well and stay active. You are motivated. In fact, you might even be motivated enough to sign up with a personal trainer or pay a nutritionist to overhaul your diet.

So why is it still so hard to follow through on these commitments? Often the problem is not your level of motivation but a counterproductive mindset that undermines it.

Breaking Bad Habits

A common misconception is that people who are able to create healthy habits have a tremendous amount of discipline-that they are able to wake up early and go to the gym no matter how dark and cold it is outside. As if they are capable of torturing themselves indefinitely and that trait somehow makes them better people.

Psychological research  has shown that people who are able to create healthy habits don’t have more discipline, they have more self-compassion. Instead of beating themselves up for not being perfect every time, they ask how things could have gone differently. This takes them out of “I’m a lazy loser” mode and into problem-solving mode. Instead of thinking “I should have just dragged my tired butt out of bed and forced myself to go to the gym,” they think, “I was really tired today and it caused me to oversleep. I should try to get to bed earlier next time. Is that realistic?” They don’t see the situation as a problem with themselves; they see it as a puzzle to be figured out.

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