Find Motivation for Health & Fitness Through Expectancy Theory
Happy Monday Squadies! Have you ever reached a point where you found it hard or next to impossible to get motivated?! When it comes to fitness and nutrition, it is super important to be motivated in order to get the MOST out of your efforts. Sometimes, without even realizing it, we are not working our hardest or doing everything we can to reach our goals. Today I will be explaining how the Expectancy theory can help you find motivation and reach your goals!
First off, Why is motivation so important?Motivation is what drives us. It is what pushes us to be our best, to do our best, and reach whatever goals you may have in life. We need the motivation to find AND reach our goals. If you are lacking motivation, even if you have a goal, it can be super hard to achieve it. Now the real question is, how do we find out what motivates us? How can we keep it going? Since everyone is different this answer will vary but through the expectancy theory, we can learn more about ourselves and what gets us motivated!
What is the expectancy theory?The expectancy theory is a theory that helps explain why someone chooses one behavior over others in order to reach whatever result they desire. This theory is typically used in workplaces to help employers keep their employees motivated. Although this is its most common use, you can also use this theory to help get you motivated in the fitness and nutrition realm! The expectancy theory can help us figure out WHY we behave the way we do. The average person makes behavioral decisions based on a couple of main factors:
- How likely am I to engage in a specific course of action? How strong is the motivational force?
- Ex. How likely are you to workout to get in shape.
- Will an increase in effort result in an increase in performance?
- Ex. If I workout regularly will I see improvement in my body, mind and overall performance?
- What is the likeliness that the increase in performance will lead to the desired outcome (reward)?
- Ex. What is the likeliness that I will get in shape by working out regularly?
- How much do I want this reward or desired outcome?
- Ex. How much do I want to get in shape? Is the course of action (working out regularly) worth the desired outcome?