Riding the Motivation Wave

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Understanding motivation waves to become more physically active.

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  • 1. Surfs Up! : Understanding motivation wavesto achieve your most difficult goals!Mia DavisOctober 24, 2012

2. Lets begin with a definition.In physics, a wave is a disturbancethat travels through spacetime,accompanied by a transfer of energy. Wikipedia 3. Lets begin with a definition.In physics, a wave is a disturbancethat travels through spacetime,accompanied by a transfer of energy. WikipediaFor our understanding of motivation waves, lets thinkof them as disturbances in our normal pattern of life that travel continuously through time. Thekey to success is to accompany these motivation waves with a transfer of energy, or a dedication to act on motivation to achieve our goals! 4. Lets get started! 5. To recognize and act on peaksof motivation, begin byidentifying factors ofmotivation, which I will callkey motivators. 6. What are Key Motivators? 7. What are Key Motivators?Goals 8. What are Key Motivators?GoalsWeight LossIncrease ProductivityGet better restSleep earlierBe more positivePractice instrument everyday 9. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig Events 10. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig Events Wedding Marathon Class Reunion Date Prom Bikini Season New Years Resolution 11. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth Concerns 12. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth Concerns Obesity Diabetes Rehabilitation Stress 13. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of life 14. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of life Cant have children because of weight Cant ride on roller coasters Lack of confidence Weakened performance in work/school Feelings of unfulfillment 15. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of lifeSocial Pressure/ Reinforcements 16. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of lifeSocial Pressure/ Reinforcements Group diet/ workout plan Online community Walking buddy AA sponsor Do it for your kids/ spouse, etc. 17. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of lifeSocial Pressure/ ReinforcementsPositive Streak 18. What are Key Motivators?GoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of lifeSocial Pressure/ ReinforcementsPositive Streak Have gone to the gym 5 days in a row Lost 13 pounds in last month Got an A on an exam 19. What are Key Motivators? Red flag! Negative streaks work the same way against motivation. If weve been gaining weight, doing poorly in a class, and experiencing a series of negatives, while sometimes this may motivate us to turn things around, in most cases, it decreases our I can do it mentality that accompanies motivationPositive Streak Have gone to the gym 5 days in a row Lost 13 pounds in last month Got an A on an exam 20. Once presented with a keymotivator, an individual is hisor her peak of ability.In other words, increasedmotivation decreases theperceived inability toperform an otherwise difficulttask. When motivation is high,goals seem more achievable. 21. In Scientific TermsCrest peak of motivationTrough low of motivationWavelength duration of motivationAmplitude magnitude of motivation(how motivated are you?) 22. When do we strike?For maximized results, we want to strike atmotivation crests (peaks) because increasedmotivation = increased ability to do HARDTHINGS (or really anything). 23. When do we strike?HOWEVER, motivation peaks only come oncein a while, so to maintain a healthy newbehavior we cannot rely on motivation alone.Therefore, it is of critical importance that weform sustainable behaviors to achieve long-term goals. 24. For exampleCindy has been gaining weight. She isgetting married, and just went dressshopping. She decides she wants tolose 10lbs before the wedding. Withher motivation wave at a peak, Cindyis willing to overlook her previoussetbacks and get going on the track toweight loss. 25. Another exampleChemistry is Billys toughest subject.He studies for his exam, and gets anA. He is shocked and newly inspiredto continue studying to keep gettinggood grades! 26. The key to successis to strike when the iron is hot!When you are presented with amotivation peak, get going on yourtoughest goals and you CAN ANDWILL ACHIEVE THEM! 27. Do beware!On the motivation wave, weexperience both crests andtroughs, highs and lows. Justas when motivation is at itspeak and we can havesuccessful results, motivationlows can be detrimental to ourhealth. Do not allow them todeter you from achievingyour goals! 28. Do beware!If your motivation is low,remind yourself of past goalsyou have achieved and focuson little daily achievements.Take a five minute walk in themorning. Take the stairsinstead of the elevator. Read achapter of that book you setdown months ago.Accomplishing smaller goalswill make the bigger onesseem less daunting. 29. OverviewIdentify key motivators. If you or someone else ispresented withGoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of lifeSocial Pressure/ Reinforcementsor aPositive StreakThis is your time to act! 30. OverviewIdentify key motivators. If you or someone else ispresented withGoalsBig EventsHealth ConcernsLimitations on quality of lifeSocial Pressure/ Reinforcementsor aPositive StreakThis is your time to act! 31. em: miadavis@stanford.edutw: @mtotheia