Motivation eluding you?

Motivation is an inner drive to behave or act in a certain manner. (wikipedia)

Inner drive, what is it? where is it? How do I get more of it?

All questions we all have had at one time or another.  As a mother of three kids, a ranch wife, working mom and all of the other things that women do I can tell you that sometimes motivation is gone right out the window.  So, the search is on for some truths.

The basic questions I came up with are:

Where does motivation come from?

Why is it on and off during the day or during a period of time?

What can I do to get it back?

What am I doing that I can control?

Inner drive comes from self-talk.  (insights link)


There are three major components to motivation according to Kendra Cherry psychology guide.

Activation – involves the decision to initiate a behavior.

Persistence – the continued effort toward a goal even though obstacles may exist. Intensity – is seen in the concentration and vigor that goes into pursuing a goal.

With this information firmly in hand the process of motivation can begin.

Ok, so now what, you ask?  Start with pen and paper.  What needs to be done?  Let’s start in the kitchen.  Happy Kitchens/Happy Hearts my favorite place to start.

It starts right here in the kitchen.  This is the activation part and is easy and simple.  Write it down.  The Kitchen Koach has the charts if you need help.

Set aside a small window of time each day to keep working on the plan.  You can reward yourself later for being persistent.  With your commitment to stick with your decision, ideas will begin popping up as if from nowhere.  Build on this intensity and what ever tries to become an obstacle will be ignored and overcome.

You have finished your plan to a healthier eating style and you are just beginning.  The next step is to set another goal to make your new healthier style work more productively by arranging your kitchen. Start again with paper and pen or use the charts we have designed.  As your read magazines, research online and talk with friends you will get more ideas that you can add to your plan and the list will go on and on as you find a new purpose and now have skills to take action, persevere with an intensity you have uncovered.

Happy Cooking


About TheKitchenKoach

A hard working, loving mother of 3 with over 35 years of culinary experience. Dedicated to the art of altering recipes to achieve optimal health benefits and delicious foods to eat. Kris coaches individuals and families in the discipline of effective food preparation. She consults on large scale catering projects, intimate dinner settings, and daily meal planning for families. Her many years in the food industry has equipped her with an arsenal of tips and tricks to make efficient use of the kitchen.
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