By: Dr. Kim Feinstein, Psy.D., Red Mountain Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Weight Loss Specialist
According to Self-Determination Theory, there are two sources of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is defined as the perusal of an activity for the internal satisfaction it gives, whereas extrinsic motivation implies a concern for external pressures or desire for reward.
Intrinsic Motivation VS Extrinsic Motivation
Both of these are effective motivation strategies, but intrinsic motivation is ideal for long-term goals because it focuses on values.
Understanding and identifying the intent behind your goals is critical to ensure that you are committed to success. If you are struggling to find or maintain motivation, you can use the 5 Rs Method to strengthen your motive to improve.