Is Your Motivation Fear or Love

Posted: March 6, 2015 in Achieving your Goals
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I’m often asked why can’t I stay consistent when it gets difficult to keep working towards my goals? Well one thing that may be sabotaging you is the reason for your motivation. Fear based motivation does work but usually it’s effect is temporary. Love based motivation tends to have a long-term effect.

A common resolution is to stop smoking. Fear based motivation would be if I don’t stop smoking I may die of cancer. This fear can motivate you in the short term and you may stop smoking for several weeks but eventually the fear wears off and when something stressful happens that triggers a need for a cigarette, you give in to the temptation.

Love based motivation would be I want to stop smoking because I love myself enough to stop putting toxins into my body and I want to live a long healthy life because _______ (fill in the blank) ex. I want to see my grandchildren grow up. Because you have a specific reason that’s meaningful to you, it will keep you going when challenges arise.

Whenever you have any goal you’re working towards, you need to constantly keep the love motivation at the forefront of your mind. Write it down and keep it a place where you see it on a regular basis, like your refrigerator or bathroom mirror and repeat it several times a day out loud. If you meditate on this thought regularly, you will change your mindset and your actions will follow your thoughts.


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