I think you would agree that motivation is a key ingredient in achieving success! Whether it’s reaching personal goals or leading a team to greatness, motivation is what drives us forward.
What is motivation? Simply put, motivation could be defined as the desire or willingness to do something. It’s the internal spark that inspires us to take action and pursue our goals, even in the face of obstacles. It’s a feeling of forward momentum and drive.
As a coach, I’ve seen how powerful motivation is. When we’re motivated, we’re more focused, more productive, more resilient. Able to push through difficult times, stay committed to our goals.
In my coaching, I often incorporate principles and tools of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) to help cultivate motivation. (NLP helps us understand how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours are interconnected, and how we use this to achieve what we want.)
So how do you cultivate motivation? Here are a few tips:
Use language that inspires: Our language has a powerful effect on our thoughts & emotions. Using positive, empowering language can help feel more motivated and inspired. E.g., say “I choose to” instead of “I have to”
Visualise success: This is a powerful tool for creating a positive mindset. Take time each day to visualise yourself achieving your goals. See yourself succeeding in vivid detail, feeling the emotions of accomplishment
Reframe limiting beliefs: By changing the way we think about what’s holding us back. E.g., instead of saying “I’m not good enough” try reframing it as “I am capable of learning & improving”
Anchor positive emotions: That is, associate a particular emotion with a specific action or thought. E.g., you could create an anchor by associating a particular song with feelings of motivation and success. Whenever you need a boost of motivation, play your anchor song to trigger those positive emotions
Also crucial for cultivating motivation:
· Identify what’s most important to you (your top values) & set aligned, meaningful goals. Meaningful a goals are motivating!
· Celebrate progress. Those small wins along the way help keep you motivated. I often think “progress, not perfection!” or “One step at a time!”
· Find inspiration. Build connections with your team, surround yourself with people who inspire you. Read books or listen to podcasts that motivate you. Seeking out activities that energise you help drive inspiration.
· Stay focused. Sometimes just finding the discipline to stay focused on the things that matter most is vital for staying committed and on track. After all, action is what gets you your results!
Remember, motivation may not be a one-time thing. It’s more often a daily practice. However, once you’ve got the motivation going, it gathers momentum. Rather than pushing something up a hill, it’s like you’re easily running downhill towards your goal!