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A whole lot of ingredients go into the cauldron of motivation, and each one of us has different personality attributes, requiring a specific and tailored approach. The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator tool identifies one’s personality type by providing indications like:
Different personality types are inspired and motivated by different types of stories.
The promotion-focused ones find inspirational leaders stories to be engaging and effective, whereas the prevention-focused individuals are impressed with cautionary tales of someone who didn’t follow the path.
The right language, especially in framing a goal has a big impact on the performance of an employee.
Promotion-focused employees like to receive feedback in which the manager is acknowledging and praising their excellent efforts. Prevention-focused employees respond well to criticism and the looming possibility of failure and try harder to achieve the goal when they are made to feel insecure.
It is a sound strategy not to be overly positive with the prevention-focused, or overly critical with the promotion-focused.
Rewards and incentives vary according to personality type.
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Something that may not seem important or valuable on its own gets cast in a whole new light.
Every time you make a decision, you create a state of mental tension that is, in fact, stressful.
The solution is to reduce the number of decisions you need to make by using routines. If there's something you need to do every day, do it at the same time every day. Have a routine for preparing for your day in the morning, and packing up to go home at night. Simple routines can dramatically reduce your experience of stress.
You will need to feel safe and secure and establish a connection with your therapist. It is reasonable to try out a few until you find the right one.
The right therapist will encourage and support you in making uncomfortable changes.
Ask your community for mental health specialists recommendations. Consider asking your GP, family, friends or local community.
Once you have a few names, look up their qualifications and read up about them.