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What Motivates You?

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What are you training for? Why are you trying to eat better? If you're only motivated by superficial goals, it may be harder to maintain healthy habits and perform great for life. Because it turns out, much of what’s most desired in this world has a sad side-effect: the moody blues.

Researchers at the University of Rochester tracked 147 college graduates, evaluating their goals and their happiness one year after graduation, and then 12 months later, and found that money, good looks and fame didn’t equal happiness.

On the other hand, adults who focused on intrinsic goals such as personal growth, enduring relationships and helping in their community showed substantial increases in life satisfaction, well-being and happiness.

According to one study participant, “The whole process of being so on the treadmill to wealth, fame and image leaves me feeling like a pawn or a puppet in life.” So make sure your life goals are worthy ones, with intrinsic value, and then give each your all.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Focus, Attitude, Motivation