Diagram: 6 Step Cycle of Motivation

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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” —Albert Einstein

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” —Confucius


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6 Steps of Motivation Explained

Step 1: Need for Payoffs (Rewards)

  • First, there has to be a need for a reward for motivation to begin.
  • The diagram calls rewards “payoffs” because it was designed for psychological rewards, but the diagram also works with physical and spiritual rewards.
  • If the feelings perceive there to be some imbalance (a lack of homeostasis), then a need for a return to balance is felt.
  • The reward or payoff needed is homeostasis; for example, “I look fat and am not at my normal and healthy weight.”
  • The balance will be regained when the person returns to their normal (proportionate) weight (not too thin or too fat, so a healthy balance).

Step 2: Desire for Payoffs (Rewards)

  • The desire for a reward is different from a need for a reward.
  • A need for a reward is often just a fact such as, “I need to lose weight to stay fit.”
  • However, a desire for a reward provides emotional energy to pursue that reward, for example, “I want to lose weight, so I look fit.”
  • Now there is a desire in the form of an intention to fulfill the reward, “I intend to lose enough weight to be fit again.”

Step 3: Goals that Are Payoffs

  • The goals should be in line with their intentions.
  • That is, the goals should be such that they will satisfy the intentions from the previous step. It is best if the goals are SMART goals.
  • SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-limited.
  • For more information on SMART goals, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria.
  • There you will find other terms for the SMART mnemonic/acronym that might better suit your needs.
  • You can also use the suggestions to create a new list of words that better suits your goals and processes.
  • Now there are concrete goals to be met that will fulfill the intention of the previous step, “I will lose 2–3 pounds a week until I have lost a total of 38 pounds.”

Step 4: Plan to Get Payoffs

  • The intentions naturally follow from the goals of the previous step.
  • Action steps are formulated to realize the goals of step three.
  • If the action steps are followed without the required results, then the plans should be revised or discarded for better plans.
  • Now there are concrete steps to take in order to meet the goals that will assure your final result (homeostasis).
  • Some plans might include: walking to work instead of driving or walking part of the way; riding a bicycle around the neighborhood when you return from work; doing warmup and stretching exercises before you exercise; reducing sugar in your diet; eliminating white rice and bread from your diet by substituting brown rice and wholegrain bread (not processed brown bread because it is no better than processed white bread).
  • The author’s favorite diet plan is, “Eat less and exercise more.”

Step 5: Action to Get Payoffs

  • The actions (responses) to reach your rewards flow naturally from your plans.
  • Here you do the work.
  • Your Response and Feedback systems surround the work.
  • Such intensity assures that the work is productive and malleable.
  • Now you check off doing what you said you would do each day.
  • When you slip off or fail to follow your plan, you go back a step or two and make better plans for your lifestyle and motivation levels.

Step 6: Success of Getting Payoffs

  • This step gives you the experience you need to move forward and continue your journey of improving your health.
  • This step is your “pat on the back.”
  • The event-sensations circle is activated at this level for new experiences.
  • You experience weight loss.
  • You find that you have more energy from exercising, not less.
  • Friends and family begin to notice your weight loss and compliment you on it.
  • You can fit into some of your old clothes that you still like.
  • Your positive experiences drive you to continue and even to experiment with doing more in a controlled and reasonable fashion.
  • You add listening to audiobooks while walking to work to your practice routine.
  • You consider attending a local yoga class during your lunch hour.
  • You find and add chair exercises to your routine that you can do while working at your desk.
  • You consider purchasing a desk that you can stand at when you work from home.

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6-Step Cycle of Motivation

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Related Pages of Free Information

  1. 3 Ps of Motivation
  2. 12 Steps of Human Psychology
  3. Coping Skills: Free Help
  4. Homeostasis Is Explained in Stress for Success, Second Edition
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  6. Motivating Questions
  7. Responsibility Issues: Free Help
  8. Stimulation as Motivation
  9. Thinking Skills: List of Pages
  10. Will: The Basic Options for What to Will

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