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How to motivate people

To be able to motivate requires a great amount of practice. These skills do not come naturally but can be improved upon with practice.
Some techniques to enhance motivation:

  • Acknowledge what the person says to show that you're really listening.
  • Clarifying and summarizing can deepen mutual understanding.
  • Validating a person's feelings is essential to create a safe space where they don't feel judged.
  • Ask how he or she managed to overcome a similar situation.
  • Help the person to reframe the situation.
  • Celebrate their wins to increase positive emotions.
  • Expose limiting beliefs by asking how true is that belief and how has it affected them.
  • Consider the opposite view they currently hold to allow for a different interpretation.
  • Assumptions are about why, if this happened in the past, must it happen again.

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