Friday, August 31, 2012

Health Note on Motivation

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s Health Note on Motivation

As long as we allow short-term desires to win, it will be difficult to affect long-term behavioral change. However, there is a simple solution to this problem: If we can find short-term incentives that are consistent with our long-term objectives, it is much easier to make the right decisions in the moment. For example, we’re more likely to skip a cheeseburger and fries not when we consider the long-term risk of obesity or diabetes, but when we consider the short-term reality that devouring it will lead to a “high-fat hangover that ruins the rest of the day.”

All information attributed to the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare

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