Are You a ‘Want To’ Woman? Real Motivators for Real Women

images-113I was the featured speaker at a professional women’s retreat recently.  I was asked to speak on my experience in the field of conducting health behavior research with women.  Now, I could have shared a slew of statistics but I chose to share my personal experience of what I learned as the lead dietitian and researcher for a women’s-only national clinical trial.  I thought long and hard about what motivated these hundreds of women I personally worked with to take part in this gigantic research study, of over 68,000 women nationally, and stay with it for over a decade.  I mulled over what I had learned as their group leader and their nutrition counselor.  What are those key elements of motivation?  What influences involvement, commitment, and follow through?  How was this maintained?  And what was the leader’s part? 

Before I give you my list of motivators, one thing you need to understand in doing research with volunteer participants is that, once that person joins that study, the statistical power of that study is maintained only if you retain those participants.  Although dropping out of a clinical trial is the participant’s right, my personal goal was to create such a wonderful research environment that they would not want to quit.  Ever.

On that note, I’d also like to share this warm and fuzzy tidbit: although the meetings for this study officially ended more than a decade ago some of the women in my groups continue to meet regularly, on their own, just for the fun of it.  Sometimes I still join them!

 What follows is a list of 10 key elements of motivation I have found to be significant when working with women.   These are our ‘want to’s’, so to speak.


Are You a “WANT TO” Woman?  Real Motivators for Real Women

We want …

  1.  to make a difference

  2. to use our strengths

  3. to learn something new

  4. to have fun

  5. to connect

  6. relevance to our generation

  7. to know our successes

  8. to know we are irreplaceable

  9. outstanding leadership recognized

  10. organization within our projects

As a follow up piece, for those interested in a bit more of what these key elements look like, I’ll expound on this 10 point list in my next post.

About Luanna Diller

Luanna Diller's professional expertise includes nutrition, health behavior change, and wellness. She has over three decades of experience in counseling, teaching and motivating thousands of clients to achieve healthier lifestyles. She is a wife, mom to a teenager and a young adult, Registered Dietitian and Christian women’s ministries leader. She is a creative cook, loves to dance and recently discovered a knack for hand making glass beads.
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1 Response to Are You a ‘Want To’ Woman? Real Motivators for Real Women

  1. Great post! I bet it feels wonderful to have created such an environment for those women that they are still together. 🙂 I look forward to your next post as you expand on the 10 key elements you listed.

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