Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What Motivates You?

Last January, I posted The Frog Story about a frog who beat out all the other frogs and climbed a very high tower. The reason why he was able to do it is because he was deaf and therefore didn't hear any of the negative comments from the crowd.

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about positive vs negative motivation. I recently joined Pinterest (and you should too!), and although I haven't "pinned" many things yet, I've stalked boards of quite a few other people. And I've noticed a trend among fitness enthusiasts: there are a lot of photos with motivational sayings.

Latest trend in fitness motivation
Once I started looking for inspirational/motivational photos and sayings, I discovered I couldn't stop! I'd look at the clock and realize 15 minutes had gone by in the blink of an eye.

My favorite sayings are the positive ones. I discovered that I'm motivated by positive reinforcement, not negative reinforcement. I've just recently realized that I'm like the deaf frog in that I've very rarely heard negativity about my goals and decisions. I come from a very close family who supports everything I do, regardless of whether or not they agree with it. I've always been told that I can do whatever I set my mind to do. And I've taken that mantra and run with it. When someone says they can't do something, I ask, "Why not?" Apparently, this isn't normal for many people, but it works for me.

There are different ways to motivate people. Some people respond best to "Go for it! I know you can do it!" while others respond best to "You'll never be able to do that!"

What works best for you? Do you respond best to someone telling you that you CAN do it or that you CAN'T do it?


  1. Totally agree! We should all spit out positive comments ... not negative ones. www.dashingdiva.net

  2. I love Pinterest! You can find some really great motivational pictures on that website!


  3. Find me on Pinterest! I do better with the positive ones. :)

  4. I am totally with you with needing positive reinforcement. I have had a tendency to shut down with negativity in the past and have worked really hard to develop a way to deal with the negativity. I don't have as much support as you seem to have so I have had to work really hard at the mental aspect of pursuing my fitness goals and dreams. Writing down daily affirmations has really been helpful to get the positive stuff into my mind.