In today’s constantly evolving and rapidly accelerating world, it has become increasingly vital to ensure both you and your team remain motivated and engaged. As we navigate the complexities of remote work and diverse teams, maintaining motivation on a day-to-day basis undoubtedly presents its challenges. Nevertheless, by delving into a deeper understanding of neuroscience-backed tips and strategies, you can not only bolster your own motivation but also effectively inspire your team to stay driven by boosting their self-motivation.
What is Self Motivation?
Self-motivation refers to the ability to initiate and sustain your own drive and determination towards a particular goal or objective, without external encouragement or influence. It involves a deep inner desire to achieve something and the ability to take action towards it, regardless of any obstacles or setbacks that may arise.
Self-motivated individuals possess intrinsic motivation, driven by personal goals and values, rather than external rewards or incentives. They have a strong sense of purpose, a positive attitude, and a willingness to take responsibility for their actions.
Self-motivation can be developed through various means such as setting achievable goals, having a clear vision of what you want to achieve, cultivating a positive mindset, and creating a supportive environment. With self-motivation, individuals can overcome challenges, achieve their goals, and ultimately lead a more fulfilling life.
Self Motivation and Motivating Others
Several years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with a highly-skilled HR coordinator while being a part of an international team of executive coaches. Remarkably, she possessed an innate ability to bring out the best in everyone, consequently fostering trust and instilling a sense of pride in our work.
At that time, our team operated globally within an extremely high-pressure and demanding environment. Interestingly, when things were going smoothly, this exceptional individual would pinpoint specific strengths and behaviours we had demonstrated and provide concrete examples. Moreover, she would openly share any challenges we faced and resourcefully find ways to motivate and inspire us to excel even further. Through the sharing of amusing anecdotes, she effectively strengthened our diverse team and created an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie, ensuring we took pride in our accomplishments.
Taking a cue from her innovative approach, I present to you ten scientifically-supported tips designed to boost self motivation and foster more robust relationships within your team.
1. Reflect on past successes
Recall a time in your life when you were at your best and felt motivated. Envision your achievements and how you managed to overcome challenges. This exercise activates the brain’s reward system, releasing feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which enhance motivation.
2. Delve into the details
Revisit the event or situation when you were at your peak performance. Write about your values, skills, strengths, and behaviours, focusing on the story without judgment. This process reinforces neural pathways associated with motivation and self-confidence.
3. Structure your story
Organize your account into a clear introduction, a detailed middle, and a reflective conclusion. The act of writing helps to consolidate memories, strengthening the neural connections that support motivation.
4. Read your story daily
For a week, read your motivational story every day. This repetition reinforces the positive aspects of your experience, further activating the brain’s reward system and enhancing motivation.
5. Analyze your performance
As you read your story, identify the skills, behaviours, and qualities you displayed when you were at your best. This self-reflection helps to solidify the neural pathways that support motivation and self-belief.
6. Celebrate your achievements
Focus on your accomplishments and give yourself credit for your successes. Regularly praising yourself strengthens the brain’s associations with motivation and self-esteem.
7. Revisit your strengths
Consider the values, strengths, and behaviours you’ve used recently and those you may have set aside. Reflect on how you can leverage these qualities in your work and daily life, fostering motivation and personal growth.
8. Model motivation for your team
Share your insights and experiences with your team to encourage them to adopt similar behaviours. Modelling motivation can influence your colleagues to maintain their drive during stressful or uncertain times.
9. Create a supportive culture
10. Recognize and praise accomplishments
Acknowledge the specific skills, behaviours, and achievements of your team members. Regularly celebrating individual and collective successes can have a significant impact on motivation and employee engagement.
By implementing these neuroscience-backed tips, you can enhance your motivation and help your team stay driven in our rapidly evolving world. Embrace these techniques to foster personal growth, stronger relationships, and higher levels of motivation and engagement.
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