It is that time in January when your Goals that have been set as part of your New Years Resolution start to drift, the mid-January slump.

Why is this? Well, the reason is motivation and recognising the differences between Extrinsic or Intrinsic Goals.

When we set goals with Extrinsic motivation, for example, I want to look better for my partner or I want to do well in my job so my parents are proud they tend to collapse. These are great in terms of values but the Goals are not intrinsically motivating.

If the Goals are intrinsically motivated they would be more like I would like to feel better for my health or I want to be proud in my work role by moving forward with a positive performance at work because I enjoy and love what I do.

There is a vast difference when setting goals due to motivation, who are your goals for?

P.S. It is not too late to change.

Claire Moody is our head coach at Target Training, and you can read more about her here.  She delivers training on all personal development, coaching and numerous training the trainer courses.