By: Haroon Christy Munir

Source No 1 and Source No 2 are based on our personal motivation and ability. When it comes to dealing with our behaviour, skills need to be learned and should be worked on side by side. Personal Motivation generates when your desire connects with your goals in your crucial moments thus increasing the chances of success, whereas personal ability involves changing the persistent and challenging habits with the help of learning new skills.

Source No 3 and Source No 4 both are based on our social life where we get influenced by the people we are surrounded by. These people work two ways in our lives by both motivating as well as enabling our habits. For example you are a smoker and your wife wants you to quit. She will have a greater influence on your mind and chances are high that you will quit. Another example would be that you are a diabetic patient and your non-diabetic partner provokes you to have a glass of Coke. You take that glass of coke and here you sugar levels rises. You became victim of your partner’s negative influence that has affected your health. Well not only humans but also our environment enable and provokes us to go for both good and evil. Take an example of a fridge that has a death by chocolate cake in it or a huge bill board showing a big Mac burger or a video game right next to your study table. When we talk about social motivation it involves the tactic of converting your partner in crime into your friend who works as a support system to you. Research has showed that doing so will increase the chances by two third regarding reaching your desired goal. Social ability asks for help, information and support from others. A better way to deal with this is to get an instructor, and chances will rise up that you will be able to make appropriate changes.

Source number 5 and 6 results from the combination of all the four sources discussed earlier. Structural motivation results from directly connecting the rewards and punishments to new habits we are working on, the chances rises high that you will stay on track. When we talk about structural habit a little change in your surrounding can have an astonishing result on your choices. For example putting a diabetes scoreboard on your room wall will keep encouraging you to focus on your goal.

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