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Techniques for sustaining motivation

Motivation is not enough. To encourage lasting change, we need reminders, repetition, and habits.

  • Reminders: Schedule your gym times in your planner with your client meetings. Set out your running clothes the night before.
  • Repetition: Regular reminders can create repetition, which is essential for lasting change. Track your progress on a visible chart.
  • Habits: We form habits when we keep up our reminders and repetition, as the brain creates new pathways associated with a particular behaviour.

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How to motivate people

Some techniques to enhance motivation:

  • Acknowledge what the person says to show that you're really listening.
  • Clarifying can deepen mutual understanding.
  • Validating a person's feelings is essential so they don't feel judged.
  • Ask ho...

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Factors of activities that promote motivation

  • There are clear goals.
  • Gain immediate feedback.
  • Challenges need to be matched with personal skills.
  • The task has to be challenging enough to require a person to employ their skills and promote concentration and engagement.

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Recognized psychological needs

  • The need for closure. It motivates us to arrive at a stable conclusion.
  • The need for cognition is our desire to understand experiences and things in our environment.
  • The need for meaning motivates us to understand how we re...

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Areas of integration to promote motivation

  1. Integration of consciousness that allows for awareness
  2. Bilateral integration happens when we reconcile our thinking & emotions
  3. Vertical integration allows for creating a mind-...

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Feedback and motivation

Feedback, if done well, can leave people feeling motivated and positive:

  • The power of expectations. Establish from the outset what the feedback is intended to accomplish as the person receiving the feedback owns their emotional reaction.
  • The power of ac...

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Goal setting & Implementation Intentions

We are motivated when we use goals that spell out in advance when, where, and how we will achieve it.

We plan beforehand how we are going to overcome possible problems. For example, if your goal is to eat less sugar, your implementation could be "When the dessert menu a...

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Our concept of self plays a major role in motivation

If you change the contents of your thinking, then you change your motivational state. The same applies to other cognitive aspects like goals, mindset, values, perceived control, identity, etc.

Self-concept is learned and comes from how we represent our characteristi...

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Emotions as feedback

  • Others can be motivated by giving feedback on changes in emotion, behaviour, and well-being.
  • Praise can create positive emotions, while mastery programs can increase a sense of competence.
  • Positive feedback, expressing gratitude and awe can be used to induce change.

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Learning self-control

Monitoring one's goal-setting progress increases our capacity to persevere with our long-term goals on our own. Self-control is the central part of the process of self-regulation and is essential for sustained motivation.

Our ability to suppress, restrain, and override a de...

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Motivational strategies that show success

  • Teachers that plan lessons to be interesting, curiosity-provoking, and personally inspiring have better success in motivating their students to read.
  • Leaders have better success in motivating their employees when they take the employees' perspective and invit...

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Motivation is a complex process

Motivation is a complex process

Motivation is a complex process to explain or to realize fully.

Motives are internal experiences that can be categorized into needs, cognitions, and emotions that are influenced by environmental events and social contexts. These internal and external f...

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Motivation and stress

Stress can impact our motivation. To cope with stressors involve planning, execution, and feedback.

  • During planning, we analyze if a life-changing event is positive, negative, or irrelevant to our well-being. If it is a negative event, we find resources to manage the e...

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The basic psychological needs

There are 3 psychological needs to satisfy:

  • Autonomy (self-determination). We are motivated when we have a choice in terms of tasks, time, team, and technique.
  • Competence (capability & effectiveness). When we strive toward something greater th...

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