In all honesty, this goal is selfishly tied to getting in the best shape of my life. In a 2008 study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine it was found that motivation increases the more an individual meets three criteria: autonomy (self directed), competence (measurable improvement), and relatedness (a purpose and connection with something larger than oneself). That last item means that if I let up on my fitness and fail to complete the triathlon that all my donors expect me to finish, I will not only let myself down, but others as well.
So with the addition of the tote board to my blog counting down my fundraising progress as well as an easy link to donate, my first three goals of writing, getting in the best shape of my life and now giving back are linked with the synergy that is often sited as so crucial to being successful in a holistic well being sense.
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