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Money doesn't always motivate

Money doesn't always motivate

We may think of money as a great motivator, but it is a very poor one.

Money is a good motivator only for boring jobs. For creativity or problem-solving activities, money reduces our natural motivation.

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Feeling the importance of our actions

If we really want to be motivated, having a goal is not enough. We need to feel something. When we feel that what we do has meaning, we will feel motivated.

Workers who fail to live up to their potential have lost sight of the importance and meaningfulness of their own jobs. If you could remind employees of the importance of their jobs, they might become highly motivated and productive.

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Giving mundane jobs meaning

We can find meaning when we tell ourselves stories. Reflecting on ourselves and how we see ourselves creates an almost instant change in behavior. Self-awareness involves comparing the self to the ideas of what we should or could be.

When people are told that their actions are being filmed, they consistently change their behavior. They work harder and are more consistent in their actions and values.

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The best motivator

Progress is what makes stories feel real. And just as the stories don't need to be real, neither does the progress. The illusion of progress is enough to inspire you to action.

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Motivational strategies that show success

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Most successful interventions do not try to change another person's motivation or emotion directly. Instead, they make changes to the person's environmental conditions and the quality of his or her relationships to encourage them to leave behind neglectful or abusive ones.

The basic psychological needs

According to Self-Determination Theory, there are three basic psychological needs which we want to satisfy:

  • Autonomy (self-determination). We are motivated when we have a choice in terms of tasks, time, team, and technique.
  • Competence (capability and effectiveness). Mastery is a mindset. When we strive toward something greater than ourselves, it demands effort.
  • Affiliation needs (association and belonging). We are motivated to form long-lasting positive relationships with others.

External rewards do not work because we don't do rule-based routine tasks. Instead, we need to create environments where intrinsic motivation thrives, where we can gain satisfaction from the activities themselves.

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Knowing isn't doing

Knowing isn't doing

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Changing your context

Your context influences your decisions. If you make an effort to control your environment, you won't have to exert self-control.

If you don't have cookies in your house, you won't be able to eat cookies.

The 20-second rule

Make the things you want to do take 20 seconds less time to start and let the things you want to keep away from take 20 seconds longer to get going.

Avoid the "all or nothing" mindset

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Wellness is a personal science

Accept advice, but remember you're in this for you—no one else, and you're the only one who'll know what really works. Having an abundance of options isn't a bad thing, but remember who you're in this for.

Whatever you do, enjoy it

Choose something rewarding enough to make you feel good about doing it. If you're having a good time, mistakes feel like learning experiences and challenges to be overcome, not throw-up-your-hands-and-give-up moments.