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Motivation Techniques

Motivation Techniques

Motivation Techniques

We are motivated by two primary desires:

  • The first is the desire for pleasurable benefits,
  • The second is the desire to avoid painful consequences.

We can use both these motivators to inspire us to take action.

1. Motivation by the desire for pleasurable benefits

In order to motivate yourself, think about the pleasurable benefits you will enjoy if you act and achieve the goal you set.

Nobody will work for nothing, and if you can see no benefits in your action, then you will be unlikely to be motivated.

But if you can visualise the benefits that you will likely gain if you do act and achieve your goal, then you're much more likely to feel motivated to get started.

Rather than just thinking about the benefits, it may be even better to take a pencil and write them down.

If you write down 10 benefits you will accrue if you take action to achieve your goals, then you will feel a surge of positive motivation based on desire.

2. Motivation by the desire to avoid painful consequences

Think about the painful consequences you will suffer if you don't take action.

Many people are motivated not by the desire for pleasurable benefits, but rather by the need to avoid painful consequences.

Make a list of all the painful consequences that you must suffer if you fail to do the tasks that are required to achieve your goals.

What happens if you don't do your homework?

What happens if you don't look after your health?

What happens if you don't correct your errors?

The painful consequences that will befall us if we do not do what's required can be a powerful negative motivator.

Combine the Two Methods

The most powerful way to motivate yourself is to combine both methods.

Simultaneously think about all the benefits you will get if you do take the actions to achieve your goals. Make a list of positive benefits.

Then make a list of all the painful consequences that you must suffer if you don't take the actions to achieve your goal. Make another list of painful consequences.

When you have both lists - the pleasure list and the pain list - then your mind will have both positive and negative reasons to keep going.

Try it and see for yourself.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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