We all know who people who have achieved miraculous, health-related wins: the couch potato who trains for and finishes a marathon, the diabetic who loses a significant amount of weight and is able to get off their medication.

Yet when it comes to lifestyle change, success seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

Why is that?

Why is it so common for people to set a lifestyle-related goal and either fail to attain the goal or fall back on old habits once that goal is achieved?

Setting and accomplishing goals is a proven approach for learning new skills and improving performance.

Using motivation to strive for our goals is highly effective for lifestyle change—yet the type of motivation is key.

Once you understand how to apply motivation to behavioral change, you will see firsthand how you can achieve amazing results.

Let’s take a closer look.