Lifestyle and Wellness Health Coach - Module 1 Lesson 2

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Individual Exercise

Instructions: You must complete the assignment and post your responses in the comments section below before the  live lesson starts to earn your certificate of completion. The instructor will review your comments and have a debrief discussion during the next live session.

  1. Download and complete the Motivational Analysis Quiz.
  2. Discussion question: What is your predominant motivation style? Picture yourself trying to change something in your life, how does your motivation style work for you? What are some challenges?
  3. Post your response to the discussion question along with your score to the Motivational Analysis Assessment in the comments section below.

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18 comments on “Lifestyle and Wellness Health Coach - Module 1 Lesson 2

  1. My scores are:
    Affiliator - 6
    Achiever - 2
    Influencer - 2

    I am not surprised by my scores as I am definitely a people pleaser. I am an empath and aim to support everyone around me. As a Social Worker, I have to be cautious that I don't over-give myself to others and I have to ensure I set boundaries to balance my aim to please with some assertion.

    I am surprised my score was not higher in the achiever category because I definitely love to set and achieve goals, as this helps me to stay focused and feel good that I achieved something. I strive to encourage my clients to set goals so that we have something concrete to work on together. I think goal setting is very importance when coaching people to make changes in their lives.

  2. My predominant style is affiliation (4) but the other two styles were very close seconds (each at 3). If I am trying to change something in my life I know that I can achieve more when I connect with others and my support system. That being said, I like setting goals that allow me to measure progress. I also learn from others and find that I can process information more by sharing it with others.

  3. I am primarily an Achiever (4), Affiliation (3), Power/Influence (3).
    Although my primary motivation style is that of an achiever (right now), I feel that my style is quite flexible depending on the demand of the changes. Currently I can see how the achiever motivation style is working for me in the sense of completing tasks to attain shorter term goals. However once these goals are complete, my motivation style will most likely shift to a power/influence style to work on longer term goals. I feel my quiz results (i.e. the numbers being very similar) reflect this process well.
    Challenges for my achiever style motivation is consistency beyond short term goals. I tend to reach goals but don't view them as actual changes (i.e. I can maintain a limit of 2 cups of coffee a day for 3 months, but once that time frame is achieved I will view it as 'accomplished' and tend to revert back to 3-4 cups a day)

  4. Achievement 5; P/I 3; Affiliation 2
    My predominant style is achievement.
    When I’m implementing change this style works for me because:
    -I’m motivated to reach my goal
    -work hard to reach goal
    -satisfied when I achieve my goal
    -works well alone
    -stays on track
    Some of the challenges I face
    - easily frustrated when I don’t know how to reach my goal
    -increased stress when the action I take does not move me towards my goal
    - self blame during relapse
    -demand regular feedback
    -prefer working alone
    -can get overwhelmed

  5. Motivational Analysis Quiz:
    (5) Achievement; (2) Power/Influence; (3) Affiliation

    Trying to visualize a change in my life is a very relevant thought; I'm currently postpartum and still on maternity leave, so I feel like my family is cycling through different changes every day to try and maintain milestones while moving forward to plan for the next stage of our lives. I know that I strive for achievement personally, so this motivational style resonates with me. I like gaining certificates, points, deals, you name it, I am a pleaser. The challenges I see with this is that you can just collect 'items' with no goals, and then all you will have is things. You need to have a specific goal and target or what you achieve won't meet your desires, leaving you unmotivated and not fulfilled.

  6. My score was Power/Influence 5, Achievement 3, Affiliation 2; which actually surprised me a little.
    On the other hand, I do feel it is only responsible to lead by example. I need to figure out how to do something for myself before I ask others to be able to do the same. Therefore, if I want to teach something, the need to be able to demonstrate from successful personal experience is definitely motivating. At the same time I recognize that I do not have to be perfect to have something to offer, and that the challenges I face in learning and integrating health positive lifestyle changes will be common to many on the road to improved wellness.

  7. I am primarily a Power / Influence (6) Affiliation (3) achievement (1)

    I feel comfortable with taking a leadership role in different situations and quite often will step forward in using my voice to share and participate in discussions. I enjoy taking the lead in group settings and find fulfillment in working as a team to achieving a goal to completion.

    I crave human connection. I am a healer and love helping others. I often find myself putting my goals and aspirations on the back burner to help others achieve their goals ahead of mine. I feel I can find connection with others easily, and believe people are able to sense my genuine interest in them also.

    I believe the desire for a sense of achievement is important, however, I don't always need that seal of approval or recognition/feedback to feel accomplished.

    Being primarily "power/influencer" can have its challenges of course. I often need to be extra mindful at times to listen more and talk less. Finding a balance between offering your thoughts and know when to ease off or be silent is important. I could perhaps come across as aggressive, or too dominating.

    I think with maturity, we start to recognize and simply work with what our mamma gave us! knowing where and when to use our gifts is key.....

    1. Hello,

      I am -Achievement (5), Power/Influence (3), Affiliation (2)

      My score isn’t a surprise to me, it demonstrates that my predominant motivation style is achievement. I am currently picturing a career shift and focus. To be primary achievement based is a good thing, I know that I will achieve what I set out to do, if, I pace myself, make realistic goals, practice balance and self-care. However, some challenges that I for-see is biting off more than I can chew as well continually striving for something else that is better. I am currently engaged in 3 training programs to move to the next phase…including this course, courses in psychotherapy as well as yoga. I am already looking out and planning my next step after I complete these courses.

  8. Achievement (6), Affiliation (4), Power/Influence (0)

    This motivation style profile makes sense to me. When I set a goal, I love researching it, planning how to work towards it and sorting out my tracking systems but find that I have more success in achieving goals when I also include accountability. This could be something like having a running buddy and training together or even better surrounding myself with people who are like-minded and inspiring to me so that I feel motivated and accountable to myself to stick with it.

    Challenges arise when I am not clear on what my goals are and when I have no plan. I can be swayed to go along with someone else's goals and abandon mine altogether. I have learned over the years to get focused and clear on what really matters to me and set up strategies and systems to keep myself on track. This does not involve list making or habit tracking - it means planning ahead to ensure the small tasks and habits are taken care of so that I create an environment where I can be successful and not get off track.

  9. My primary motivational styles are affiliation & power/influence. I like working with other people, learning from others and taking on leadership roles that let me work with and support others to achieve new and exciting things. I am comfortable with ambiguity, being flexible, and trusting the process. I'm open to the opportunities that might arise as a project progresses, and I am highly motivated by the opportunity to be involved with unique, innovative and multi-dimension work that can be fast-paced and evolving to a current need or situation. I love hearing other people's perspectives, and finding out how everyone can contribute or build their skills through work or tasks. I am not that motivated by check-lists, as I find that they often can't keep up with what's needed in the work I'm doing. The challenge of this motivational style is that it isn't that helpful for when I need to accomplish more routine, regularly scheduled tasks. During team based work, I also need to be careful that I am respecting the communication and work style needs of others, and being sure that plans, documents and organizational tools are there, and respect the value that they bring to the overall project. I also need to remember to not take on too much, and leave room in my work & life to actually complete the projects that I have started without missing steps or getting overwhelmed at the last minute. Score: 4- affliation,4-power & influence, 2 achievement

  10. Power Influence(6), Achievement(2), Affiliation(2)

    I've been a corporate manager for a number of years therefore Power/Influence seems to fit. I set pretty lofty goals and work quite diligently to meet them. I tend to motivate by example hoping others would follow. Challenge is not everyone prioritizes in the same fashion...I expect for instance, Health to be THE priority but others don't see it that way.

  11. My predominant motivation style is achievement.

    Once I have determined what my new goal is I research the ways to get there. I love a challenge and figuring out how to make it happen can be very satisfying. I like to set things up in steps. Checklists are also very satisfying. There's nothing quite like crossing something of the list.
    The most challenging part is finding ways to maintain the change. Once I have achieved the goal I sometimes lose interest in maintaining it. I move on to the next achievement instead.

  12. My predominant motivation style is Achiever (score: achievement 7; Power/influence 2; affiliation 1)

    This motivation style does work for me. I love a gold star or a goal that I’m working towards with a desired outcome.
    A challenge I do face is this style can easily revert me into perfectionism mode - it is important for me to be aware of that so that it does not become destructive to myself or others.
    When working individually, I can bypass the discussions regarding group goals or desired outcomes. It is important to note that when working with a team, sharing my desires for an achieved outcome helps others understand where I stand and then I can ask team members to share their desires as well and we can have an open and honest conversation. This not always easy, though it can eliminate tensions when I get my perfectionist on.

  13. My predominant motivation style is Affiliation.

    When it comes to making changes in my life, I value the input and support of others. Having someone champion a change that needs to be made, motivates and moves me to action. Going back to school and taking this course, for example, is going to be a change in my life and in my career path as a Pastor. My aspirations are to become a wellness coach to other pastors in my organization. These new changes are a result of collaboration with my family and my organization. Having their support and belief in me, empowers/motivates me to pursue this new journey. And the collaboration with them gives me the confidence I need to move forward.
    One challenge I encounter with this motivational style is that if validation/encouragement from others is lacking in my life, I can be insecure and indecisive in my own decision making. Another challenge I face with this is having to ensure I am not just allowing other's perspectives/opinions shape my voice. Being confident in myself, my abilities, my decisions and in my own individual pursuit of change is always key.

  14. My motivation style is Power & Influence 4; Achievement 4; Affiliation 2

    My motivation style(s) work for me as an individual in different ways. As an athlete growing up, I tend(ed) to be competitive by nature, and thus was very independently motivated. My mom jokes that my first sentence was "I do it myself". As an only child, I see my deep need to be autonomous. Now, as an adult, my competitiveness is more often directed at my own self.

    When I set my mind to something, change in particular, I feel that my motivational style keeps me accountable because of my own intrinsic drive to prove to myself that "I will not fail".

    This is relatable in being an entrepreneur and primarily self-employed and spills over in my personal lifestyle goals such as sticking with an eating plan, or having a dry month.
    I like having a goal, a time-line, an action-plan and a measurable result.

    My main challenges is that I often times reactively observe myself getting frustrated with others when their pace/goals/ attitudes are not in alignment with mine, particularly in a business paradigm. As an educator, friend and wellness leader however, I am much more compassionate and empathetic in holding space and maintaining an approach of mindful support for others as they go through the process of behaviour shift.

  15. My predominant motivation style is achievement.

    When tackling goals in the past, I have typically start out by coming up with a clear definition of my goal, what it means to have succeeded and some sort of way of objectively assessing my progress. For instance, if my goal is to drink one 8 oz glass of water in the morning everyday, I would typically track this in my journal and at the end of the week, tally my results. In some cases, I have come up with a reward to positively reinforce my progress. I very much relate to what James Clear says about habit tracking in his book Atomic habits whereby the process of tracking reminds us to act, allows us to see our progress and is satisfying to do (I am someone who enjoys crossing things off my to do list).

    Some of the challenges I face with this style of motivation is that I can become very focused on meeting the goal rather than enjoying the journey. Again, to reference James Clear, he states in his book Atomic habits, “when you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.” As such, I have been actively trying to appreciate my daily progress and small steps rather than focussing on achieving a specific goal since, once we hit that goal, the moment is usually short lived and fleeting.

    1. Motivational Analysis Assessment Score = 5 achievement, 3 affiliation, 2 power/influence.

  16. My predominant motivation style is achievement (score: achievement 9, power-influence 1)

    In trying to change something in my life, I find tracking something concrete, like numbers is what motivates me and keeps me moving forward, such as the number of days in a row I’ve taken my vitamin D or the number different colours of veggies I’ve had each day. It also lets me know if something is not working. I have learned over the years that while focusing on achieving measurable milestones is what motivates me, I have to remind myself that the process is just as important. I will try things that may not work or move those measurable milestones forward, they might even move backwards, and what I learn from that is just as valuable in the long term. The other challenge is my tendency to expect progress to be linear. Again, I have learned over the years that nothing in life is linear, and I have to remind myself that progress will be full of stops and starts.

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