Jan 02, 2019 | 3
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10 Ways Your Motivators Influence New Year’s Resolutions

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Celebrating with friends and family this holiday season, the subject of New Year’s resolutions came up on several different occasions. While some of the typical, annual resolutions surfaced such as dedicated exercise, losing weight and saving money, I found it interesting that the resolutions were as varied and unique as the people resolving to do these things.

What motivates one person to do good deeds in the coming year while another focuses on their financial situation? The key word here is motivation; the why behind people’s actions. Understanding why something is important to one person but maybe not another, you get to know more about who that person is and what drives them to do the things they do.

When a person acts on their drivers, they are typically energized and uplifted. When they perform a task that is not consistent with their drivers, they tend to become drained of energy. This blog showcases ten unique New Year’s resolutions based on a person’s primary motivator.

Read more books (Intellectual)

Those who are driven by the acquisition of knowledge crave any opportunity to learn. While some people may have dreaded school in general, especially the obligatory summer reading assignment, it certainly was not members of this group. They seek out opportunities to learn as much as possible about a topic, striving to become an expert, before moving onto different subject matter, approaching it exactly the same way.


Travel to a new destination (Receptive)

These folks love to experience new things. Status quo and the “same old, same old” does not appeal to them. In fact, it zaps their energy. They believe that there’s a big world out there and they want to experience as much of it as they possibly can. Traveling to a new destination energizes this person. Unlikely to ever purchase a timeshare that requires a stay in the same place, year after year, this person is driven by new conquests, adventures and experiences.


Pay off credit card debt (Resourceful)

While a person doesn’t need to be resourceful to want to be debt free, those who are often prioritize this as a major life goal. It can become almost an obsession to regain financial freedom by eliminating debt. Driven by practical results, the resourceful individual wants to maximize efficiency and returns of their investments of time, talent and energy and understands that paying credit card fees month after month violates that goal.


Get their home or office in order (Objective)

Someone who values objectivity wants everything to be in its place. There needs to be a system and an order to things. They want to be able to find anything they need on a moment’s notice. This is not to be confused with being a neat or clean freak, however. Many people who value objectivity may have a mess for an office or living space, it’s just that they know exactly where everything is, even if it means burrowing through a lot of clutter to get to it.


Seek more rest and relaxation (Harmonious)

Harmonious people are driven by experiences and seek balance in their surroundings. They prioritize beauty. These folks are the ones who stop to smell the roses. Valuing balance in their lives, they may prioritize working in some quality rest and relaxation time into their day in order to enjoy the moment and go with the flow. They prefer to live in the now and worry about tomorrow at another time.


Help someone help themselves (Intentional)

Helping others can be done in very different ways and the intentional person is very focused in the way they help someone, and why they do it. Typically purpose-driven, this person is willing to go over and above to help someone, though usually they expect some benefit in return for their help. A tradesman who helps mentor an apprentice acts in an intentional manner, because the payoff comes when the apprentice is skilled enough to help the tradesman lessen his own workload.


Do good for people (Altruistic)

Unlike those with an intentional focus, the altruistic person is driven by helping as many people as they can. Helping others energizes them and makes them feel good. No ulterior motive exists for this person, and the good feeling that comes from helping is payment enough for them. Someone who regularly gives money to homeless people or volunteers at shelters often is likely driven by an altruistic motivator.


Build something together (Collaborative)

People who are driven by being in a supporting role and contributing with little need for individual recognition are considered collaborative. They don’t seek the spotlight or care if they are recognized for their contributions publicly. They find value in doing something with others; for being a good team player. Members of sports teams are often possess this motivator enjoying the opportunity to be a member of a team that accomplishes a common goal together.


Leaving a legacy (Commanding)

For some people, leaving a lasting legacy is their underlying reason for living. They want to leave their mark and know that their life served a purpose. They are driven by recognition and want to be noticed for their accomplishments. Willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, this person craves control over personal freedom and is often influenced by how what they do will affect their status.


Solidify family values (Structured)

Those who have a structured driver want to instill as much tradition and predictability into their lives as possible. These are the people that wait all year for the holiday celebrations where they can celebrate with family members, usually preparing the exact same meals year after year because, well, it’s tradition. Change makes structured folks uneasy or sometimes outright uncomfortable. They are just fine with things being as they always have been and work hard to avoid a lot of change in their lives, especially rapid change for which they feel unprepared.



Motivators are the reasons behind why people do what they do. A person’s resolutions will vary greatly depending on their underlying primary drivers.


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