What Motivates You?

“Man’s life is a progress, not a station”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I want to know what motivates you. But more importantly I want you to understand what motivates you.  We all hear about New Year’s resolutions, bikini-ready diets, and that 2015 is the year to start meditating. But do you follow the hype? If so, how do you approach those types of commitments to yourself?

Gretchin Rubin, Author of "Better Than Before", has a theory that most of us are divided into 4 categories that determine how we respond to both inner and outer expectations. There are the: Upholders, Questioners, Rebels and Obligers.

The Upholders respond readily to both forms of expectations and love a good new year’s resolutions and will honor it regardless if others care or not.

The Questioners, question everything and they will only do something for sound reasons. For example, they will research every type of yoga before deciding to try their first class.

The Rebels resist all expectations. They want to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. These folks don’t believe in new years resolutions at all. January 1st is an arbitrary date to them.

Obligers: They respond quickly to outer expectations, but struggle answering to inner expectations. Most of the time obligers will stick to a resolution if they are held accountable to show up for others in a group scenario.

We’re all evolving. Sometimes we’re looking and feeling good. And other times, we slow down- reflect and take inventory of what matters. I think it’s super important to know this and respect this aspect of ourselves.

I’ll say it again:

We’re all evolving. Sometimes we’re looking and feeling good. And other times, we slow down - reflecting and take inventory of what matters.

You’re never going to be 100% at your peak fitness levels or clean eating. You don’t want to put that kind of pressure on yourself. It's not sustainable.

The goal is to just introduce healthy habits everyday into your life and let those experiences bring you a greater sense of self and understanding of your body, mind and heart.

If you’re curious about what motivates you, feel free take Gretchen’s quiz. Once you know how you tick, see how you can commit yourself to something new, like running, decreasing your daily sugar intake. Unless of course you’re a rebel :) In that case - just keep being awesome.

With love,


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