What’s My Motivation?


I’ve written about finding one’s motivation before and I think it’s important to bring up again.  We all have something in common: we’re all motivated differently. 

Ask 10 people at the gym why they’re there and you’ll likely get a potpourri of answers. 

When we diabetics hear that we should keep good glucose numbers “to take care of our health” I think it often goes in one ear and out the other.  Some of us may roll our eyes or say “duh” or maybe eagerly nod “yes”.  Because motivation is a complicated and personal thing. 

I’ve been watching my twin 19 month olds lately and noticing how despite being the exact same age, I find I have to appeal to their individuality.  To motivate them to learn or do something I have to try all sorts of different things.  In many cases, I have to appeal to my son’s love of action and my daughter’s will to  make her own decisions.  When I ask my son to bring me something, it works the first time.  He reacts as if to say, “I get to do something? Sure!”  He does it with gusto.  With my daughter I must use a different approach.  I will ask her to bring me something and when she doesn’t I don’t repeat it, I just wait.   When she does hand me something I make sure to be very gushy in my thanking her for handing me an object and from then on she’ll do it happily.  If she doesn’t do something I ask I don’t say anything because she’ll ignore me (or so it seems).  So I’m patient and 9 times out of 10 she’ll suddenly show up with the object in hand-when she is ready. 

The most motivating thing for me personally, has been to read a lot of science regarding health and how the body works.  My favorite thing to say since childhood has always been, “why?” and it seems that when I understand why something is or why something works or why something hurts, I feel settled and can confidently decide to do something specific.  This is how I began changing my eating habits.  And exercising more.  I think I respond well to data and proof and the long version of an explanation.  Of course, I also want to be there for my kids and husband so that is a big motivator as well.

Each of us is different.  We are all motivated by different things.  You may think it’s fun to watch a horror movie and me?  No way, I’d rather clean the movie theater’s bathroom! 

So ask yourself if you haven’t already, “What’s my motivation?”  Think about it for a few days.  Be honest with yourself and get down to the nitty gritty.  Maybe you want to be healthy so you can play your favorite sport.  FINE!  Motivation is a precious thing for a diabetic.  A lack of it will do a number on our bodies and souls.  So whether you want to be able to play with grandkids one day or just get through the work day without missing a beat, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is that which gives you the feeling we all used to have when we were kids.  The feeling that when we woke up, we just wanted to jump out of bed and greet the day with all the energy and potential in the world. 

Our diabetes needs all the energy and potential we can muster and motivation is key.

2 thoughts on “What’s My Motivation?

  1. Reyna Maher

    You know, I was kind of thinking about this today Sysy. I have taken 5 days off of exercising. I also have been eating a less than “healthy” diet for the past week or so.

    Today, I P90Xed…my workout was more vigorous, I was working harder than I have been in months. It felt good. I was thinking of burnout…of PWDs with burnout. Is this how they feel? I wondered. Is this how they feel when they are trying to emerge from a burnout phase? I have not suffered from “d” burnout per se…I mean, I do get tired. I do get overwhelmed by the neverending-ness of it all…but I never get to the point where I allow it to effect how I am going to care for Joe. Most likely b/c he is my child and I would always take way better care of him than I would myself in the “d” aspect. Now that is messed up.

    Sorry for the rambling. On the subject of “motivation” I am so grateful that Joe likes to be “active”. I am hoping to use athletics as a “motivator” for him when he reaches ages that won’t be so easy to “manipulate”.

    As always, thank you for your insight and helpful posts. I store all of these little gems away in hopes of doing the best possible job pancreating and in slowly passing the pump to Joe.

  2. Sysy Post author

    Reyna, You’re such a great pancreas for Joe :) I wish we could take a parent of a child with diabetes and bottle their motivation for the rest of us to use. It would be HUGE lol

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