In general I think I'm a pretty self-motivated person. This goes across most things in my life whether it's been school, career, business, dieting, exercising or other activities. But I have to also admit that when others take notice of my success, I get a definite extra boost of motivation that I'm on the right path!
Twice this week, entirely independent of one other, I've had two of my Jazzercise instructors come up to me before class and tell me how great I'm looking. This unexpected observation happens to come during a week where I'm feeling like I'm up and down within the same 2 pounds and contemplating that I need to get back on track better with recording what I eat. In both instances it gave me that extra boost to really make my workout a great one and really feel the differences in my body and abilities.
The stubborn part of me wishes that I could be entirely self-motivated, almost as if there's some weakness in enjoying praise. How crazy is that, right? In any case, it does remind me to pay that feeling forward with others because it can make a big difference in someone else's life when you may not even realize it.