A Motivation Theory To Try Right Now

A good motivation theory has to recognize the fact that we each get motivated differently.

In the practice of neuro-linguistic programming or “NLP” this is taken into account in many ways. One of the more useful NLP theories is the concept of “away-from” and “towards” personalities.


Of course, we each have both modes of operation as a part of the way we function, but often one is dominant in each of us. Those in who the “towards” motivation dominates will be more affected by thoughts of future rewards. Those with a primarily “away-from” motivational style, will be more affected by thoughts of escaping pain or trouble.

Why not use this test to get an idea about which motivational style dominates your personality?

Just read the following two descriptions of what having millions of dollars could mean to you.

1. You are safe and secure.

You never have to return to your job or do anything you don’t want to do. You have the means to eliminate most of your problems easily. You have everything you need to be free and comfortable.

2. You have the house of your dreams, and your favorite car too.

You buy anything you want for you and your friends, and you do what you want. You have the means to achieve any of your goals.

If the first description is more compelling to you, you primarily have an “away-from” personality. If you feel more motivated by the second description, you have a “towards” personality. There are good and bad points to both types. “Towards” individuals make good entrepreneurs, for example, but often get into trouble because they don’t plan well enough to avoid problems. “Away-from” individuals manage things well and avoid problems, but don’t do as well at big goals.

So how do you use this motivation theory and this knowledge about yourself to your best advantage?

Suppose you want to make more money and you are an “towards” person. You would want to envision the things you’ll buy and do with that money, but also be aware that you may be glossing over the problems. If you are an “away-from” person, you’ll need to continually remind yourself what a mess it will be if you fail. Otherwise you’ll lose your motivation once you reach some level of comfort.

Of course, when you understand these two motivational styles, you can also influence others more easily.

If you wanted to sell a new car to someone, for example, you would first determine if they are motivated away from things or towards things. For the former, you might explain how this new car will mean no more used-car hassles, or how it will make life easier. For the latter, you would explain how great they’ll look in it, or what it can do.

You can play with this theory, and practice using this knowledge to influence others, but don’t forget to influence yourself. While it is useful for understanding and influencing others, this is a motivation theory that is best used to affect your own self improvement.

How To Motivate Yourself to Achieve What You Want In Your Life

One of the greatest virtues of human beings is their ability to think and act accordingly. The emergence of the techno savvy human from the tree swinging ape has really been a long journey. This transition has taken a span of countless centuries and lots of thinking caps have been involved. Inquisitiveness and aspiration to come out with the best have been the pillars for man’s quest for development. Self-motivation is the sheer force, which pulled him apart and distinguished him from his primitive ancestors.

Here are some tips for self-motivation. Don’t just read them digest each one of them and apply them and I bet it will make a better YOU.

1. Learn to delegate.

This is one of the most critical skills for a leader. Delegation involves assigning tasks to your employees along with the necessary authority and resources that they can learn to carry out the tasks in their own way. Assign the “what” and guide them to figure out the “how.”

2. Even if you do not like goals, set some goals, however small.

Without goals, you probably will not know if you are really accomplishing anything. Working hard is not necessarily an end in itself – especially if you expect your employees to do the same thing. Set some small goals. It will be good practice for you if you have not done that before. (If you do not like goals, then you are in for a major challenge in leading a business because, without goals, it is very difficult to give direction and measure success.)

3. Celebrate accomplishments.

Many hard-working people seem to believe that celebrating accomplishments is a form of complacency, that the job should be a celebration in itself. Those beliefs can hold true maybe for the first couple years of the leader’s job. Then the grind gets old. It is critical for employees to recognize that they are accomplishing something – it is usually not enough to be continually “working for the cause.” Take time out to recognize what did get done and celebrate the accomplishments.

4. Ask for help.

It can be quite difficult for leaders to ask for help. Often, they are very passionate, hard-working people who want to be able to carry their own load. Thus, they are often reluctant to ask for help from others in the organization. This is a mistake, particularly for managers in the organization.

5. Find out what motivates you – it is not the same for everyone.

One of the most important learnings for new supervisors is that very different things can motivate different people. For example, some are motivated by money, others by security, others by having relationships, others by getting things done and others by getting recognition.

 

One of the greatest virtues of human beings is their ability to think and act accordingly. The emergence of the techno savvy human from the tree swinging ape has really been a long journey. This transition has taken a span of countless centuries and lots of thinking caps have been involved. Inquisitiveness and aspiration to come out with the best have been the pillars for man’s quest for development. Self-motivation is the sheer force, which pulled him apart and distinguished him from his primitive ancestors.

Here are some tips for self-motivation. Don’t just read them digest each one of them and apply them and I bet it will make a better YOU.

1. Learn to delegate.

This is one of the most critical skills for a leader. Delegation involves assigning tasks to your employees along with the necessary authority and resources that they can learn to carry out the tasks in their own way. Assign the “what” and guide them to figure out the “how.”

2. Even if you do not like goals, set some goals, however small.

Without goals, you probably will not know if you are really accomplishing anything. Working hard is not necessarily an end in itself – especially if you expect your employees to do the same thing. Set some small goals. It will be good practice for you if you have not done that before. (If you do not like goals, then you are in for a major challenge in leading a business because, without goals, it is very difficult to give direction and measure success.)

3. Celebrate accomplishments.

Many hard-working people seem to believe that celebrating accomplishments is a form of complacency, that the job should be a celebration in itself. Those beliefs can hold true maybe for the first couple years of the leader’s job. Then the grind gets old. It is critical for employees to recognize that they are accomplishing something – it is usually not enough to be continually “working for the cause.” Take time out to recognize what did get done and celebrate the accomplishments.

4. Ask for help.

It can be quite difficult for leaders to ask for help. Often, they are very passionate, hard-working people who want to be able to carry their own load. Thus, they are often reluctant to ask for help from others in the organization. This is a mistake, particularly for managers in the organization.

5. Find out what motivates you – it is not the same for everyone.

One of the most important learnings for new supervisors is that very different things can motivate different people. For example, some are motivated by money, others by security, others by having relationships, others by getting things done and others by getting recognition.

6. Get some direct contact with your customers.

Few things are as motivational as hearing from a customer how he/she benefited from the products or services of your business. Unfortunately, it is too easy for leaders to inadvertently become detached from providing direct service and to get lost in the management activities of the business. At least once a month, have a customer come to an employee-wide meeting and share his/her experiences with the business.

7. Post the mission of your business on the walls of all the rooms in your facilities.

It is amazing how many organizations give careful thought to the wording of their mission statements and then file them away in file cabinets. Post your mission statement in all the rooms in your facility. Notice it each day. The mission statement depicts the reason that the business even exists.

8. Follow simple guidelines of time and stress management.

With a few simple steps, you can make a lot of difference in managing your stress, often by first addressing how you spend your own time.

9. Watch your diet. Get enough sleep.

Do not resort to lots of caffeine and sugar to give you a boost. Research shows that the boost is usually followed by a major let down in energy. It is better to get up for a short walk, get some protein and do some stretches. Also, it is interesting how bleak the world looks to people who do not eat right or do not get enough sleep. A few the right kinds of food and more sleep can make the world seem a lot better.

10. Get some variety in your job.

Do not get lost in the “circle of paperwork.” Often, the only way that you will get variety in your work is to schedule it. Schedule time to provide direct services to customers. Schedule time to help clean out the storage closet.

11. Have personal goals.

Even if you have a few goals, at least those goals are in regard to your own development. Examples of goals might be to become acquainted with at least three other managers of organizations in your geographic area, or read a book a week, or even to start a hobby.

12. Get some professional development.

Go to a course. Join a professional networking organization. Read professional journals that relate to your services. Join a Speakers Bureau to share your knowledge.

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