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Sometimes when I’m leading a meeting, I get carried away with inspiration and I make something up on the spot and then simply state it with authority. (I frequently add numbers like “72% of researchers say….” or “3 out of 5 people who lose weight…” or “Ever since 2005…”).
I don’t know what comes over me, probably narcissism or insecurity. But usually what I throw out there is pretty innocuous. Sometimes I even use logic.
A few weeks ago a member was talking about feeling discouraged and uninspired. So I said “Well, behavioral research tells us that action precedes motivation, and not the other way around. So what can you DO today that will motivate you afterwards?”
So let’s be clear — I actually have no idea if it’s true that “action precedes motivation.” But in the heat of the moment, I didn’t feel like mentioning that old saw “fake it til you make it.” My way sounded more…well…scientific.
Interestingly enough, since then, a couple of members have mentioned that it’s helped them. “When you told us that action precedes motivation I decided to start eating better.” “Since action precedes motivation, I’m tracking my food intake this week, no matter what.” Etc., etc.
So, just in case you have ever studied human behavior or have any kind of technical knowledge about this and you don’t agree with me, I simply want to say that “In a survey from 2013, more than 81% of people successfully losing weight agreed that ‘action precedes motivation’. I believe it was done at the Institute at Harvard for Obesity Prevention. Known as IHOP.”