Did you know that self-awareness can lead to less stress, more happiness, better focus, and
increased cognition? Use these strategies to discover your true wants, needs, and readiness
level. The result: a new daily routine that helps you lead a life full of meaningful experiences.
Discover what you want.
The first thing to be more aware of is what you want, and more importantly, why you want it.
When you set a goal, ask yourself why it’s important to you. When you have an answer, ask
yourself why that’s important to you.
Repeat this process until you feel you’ve uncovered your true motivation. If you dig deep
enough, your why and your want become one and the same. This exercise helps you tap into
deep, rewarding motivation to keep your motivation high as you work toward your goal.
Determine what you need.
Understanding your behavioral needs across the four pillars — mindset, nutrition, movement,
and recovery — helps you determine the next steps needed to reach your goal. For example,
you may have to address a need, such as drinking more water, before you can have the energy
levels you want. If you don’t account for your needs, you might inhibit your ability to reach your
Figure out what you’re ready for.
Readiness helps you define the route you take on your journey. Are you ready to commit to
three days of exercise every week, or are you ready to read a book about new wellness
practices? There’s no wrong answer.
We base readiness on three factors: intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, and grit. In other words,
your deep internal motivation, the trust you have in your ability to do something, and your ability
to persist in the absence of reward. Understanding and cultivating these factors is crucial to
determining appropriate next steps and maintaining success.