In Vanguard Gym’s crest the bear represents our physical strength, mental cunning, and ability for ferocity and tenacity developed through training harder and smarter than those who would compete with us. The bear approaches his goals with strength, smarts, and stamina that should motive all of us.
May is all about motivation. What is motivation exactly? Wikipedia has a definition that I like:
“Motivation is a psychological feature that arouses an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal. For example, hunger is a motivation that elicits a desire to eat.
Motivation has been shown to have roots in physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social areas. Motivation may be rooted in a basic impulse to optimize well-being, minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure. It can also originate from specific physical needs such as eating, sleeping or resting, and sex.
Motivation is an inner drive to behave or act in a certain manner. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. These inner conditions such as wishes, desires, goals, activate to move in a particular direction in behavior.
In summary, motivation can be defined as the purpose for, or psychological cause of, an action. ”
I think it is important to understand what motivates you to help you with your goals, and to make sure your motivations are in synch with your goals and action item approach.
Lets talk a little about different motivators – see if you can identify the top two or three things that motivate you, then take some time to see how well these motivators match up with your goal setting and accomplishment procedures.
What motivates you?
1. Power – Achievement, competence, leadership
2. Independence – Freedom, ego integrity
3. Curiosity – Knowledge, truth
4. Acceptance – Positive self-image, self-worth
5. Order – Cleanliness, stability, organization
6. Saving – Collection, property
7. Honor – morality, character, loyalty
8. Idealism – Fairness, Justice
9. Social contact – Friendship, fun
10. Family – children
11. Status – wealth, titles, attention, awards
12. Vengeance – winning, aggression
13. Romance – beauty, sex
14. Eating – food, dining, hunting
15. Physical Exercise – fitness
16. Tranquility – relaxation, safety
What things in the past have motivated you?
EXERCISE – Visualize how you felt.
How do your goals motivate you?
EXERCISE – Visualize how you will feel when you accomplish your goals.
How can others/teammates motivate you?
EXERCISE – Visualize striving towards and accomplishing your goals alone and in the presence of your teammates – which is better?
Do you know what motivates you? Why is it important to be motivated?
Take some time in May to figure out, and/or clarify what motivates you.