Motivation is a state that is not constant over time and depending on certain conditions increases or decreases.
In this article I will explain How to motivate With a simple plan of 3 points to remember and in which you will have to be persistent and responsible when it comes to meeting them.
If you follow this plan with responsibility, persistence and encouragement, you will see great changes in your results and what you want to achieve in the short and medium term.
1-What rewards do you want?
By this I mean what is the reward you want in return for your efforts, this is basic to learn How to motivate and motivate to others. Stop thinking about what guides you to work and strive.
The Personal motivations Are different from one person to another, some are guided by personal fulfillment, others by money, others by ascending and being in a high position within the company. Others value more free time...
To achieve a motivation That guides you towards getting what you want, you will have to strive to give yourself the kind of rewards you want. Stop thinking, get to know yourself, and watch to know what kind of rewards you value most.
Generally there are two types of rewards; Intrinsic (Feeling good, proud, self-actualizing...) and Extrinsic (Money, prizes, praise...).
One way to find out is by following example. What is more important for you?
B-Feel self-made and that your work is interesting.
C-Learning new things.
D- Ability to promote.
If you have chosen a and d you pursue more the extrinsic rewards and if instead you prefer b and c, you are more motivated by the intrinsic ones. This is just an example and will serve as a guide for your own reward.
2- Sets what level of execution you require for a reward
At this point we will make a distinction between people who follow extrinsic rewards and those who continue to intrinsic:
People who prefer extrinsic rewards:
When you know which rewards you can motivate most personally, you need to relate them to the level of execution you want to achieve.
If you want to run for 1 hour at a time and you are motivated more by extrinsic rewards (for example, money or going out), you will establish a criterion like the following:
-10 minutes running: 1 euro to exit.
-20 minutes running: 5 euros.
-30 euros running: 10 euros.
-40 euros running: 15 euros.
-1 hour running: 20 euros.
The amounts you have to set yourself depending on what you want to achieve and your personal conditions. Of course this is an example and you can apply it to other activities (study, lose weight, save, sell...). It is advisable to write the execution-reward relationship on a paper / agenda to make them clear.
Very important: It is not enough for you to make the relationship, you also have to be faithful to it and be consistent until you are overcoming and reaching the levels of success you expect. If you have run only 10 minutes it would be disproportionate to"give you"20 euros when you leave.
If you make a fair execution-reward relationship and you are faithful to it, you will have more success and feel a greater personal motivation.
People who prefer intrinsic rewards:
If you are a person who prefers intrinsic rewards such as autonomy, freedom, promotion possibilities, feeling respected, greater learning, responsibility, etc., you will need to restructure your work or the activity you are doing to get that reward.
If, for example, you are in a boring job that depends on a boss and does not give you responsibility and what you want is freedom, responsibility and autonomy, you will have to think about how to change within that same job or consider looking for another job. That way, in a position that gives you what you want, you will perform better, you will do it with more energy and You will be happier .
Other examples of people who are guided by extrinsic rewards and how we can achieve them are:
- Be promoted: opt to work in a company that allows you to promote and grow as a professional.
- Feeling responsible: Become the leader of a team, ask for the promotion, start a business.
- Have a safe job: make sure you get into a company that values and respects your employees and with a good contract.
Feeling able to take decisions : Have initiative, propose things to your superiors, undertake and make decisions.
3-Make sure that a well-done work / activity / action gives rise to what you want:
If for example you start a business and what you want is to make money and your business grows, you are not sure because we do not know if the business will succeed (at least in the short term and most businesses).
That's why we make the list of relationships discussed in point 1. Make sure you get what you want after doing the action to the level you expect.
-If you have a relationship like: study for the exam - eat a bag of potatoes, do what you really want (in this case eat the bag of potatoes or what you most want at that time and you would not allow without having acted as you wanted). In this way, by giving you an award, you will reinforce that relationship and greatly increase the chances of repeating the action.
- Run 1 hour - watch the latest James Bond movie: do not be afraid to waste all afternoon watching the movie; Give that reward to reinforce the action of running.
Important: This plan of personal motivation is to consolidate actions that we want to include in our way of being / behaving and that it costs us a lot to do.
To motivate yourself, it will be Personal motivations (Extrinsic and intrinsic rewards) and be responsible and persistent.