How to motivate others:- The soundtrack in any sports movie or war epic always builds to a climax with an encouraging speech from the coach or commander. In practise, motivation is typically a softer, more nuanced, and individualised process. The article begins with suggestions for what to say in the heat of the moment then progresses to more “big picture” guidance later on. If you want to learn how to inspire others, keep reading!
Avoid using generic motivational platitudes in favour of personalised advice. Use the person’s name and adjust your tone and phrases accordingly. Avoid using platitudes you picked up from a motivational poster or commercial.
Try saying something like, “Katie, shake off that missed free throw and show them what you’ve got on defence” instead of “Keep your chin up.”
It’s easier to block out encouraging comments when they’re generic and not directed at you personally.
Inspire them by making “I” remarks that show you believe in their work. Using “you” comments puts the other person on the defensive, whether you’re trying to motivate, criticise, discipline, or mediate a problem. Use “I” comments, which reduce antagonism, to offer encouragement and support while still allowing the other person to decide whether or not to accept it.
For instance, “I really enjoy watching you go all-out to play your best soccer” is more effective than “You could be the best player on the team if you focused more during games.”
Alternatively, in a professional context, one can say something like, “I really like what I see in this team, and I know we can work together to improve our sales to meet the new goals.”
The motivational effects of negativity are short-lived compared to those of positive. Inspiration must always remain upbeat! The use of negativity as a means of inspiration is counterproductive. A negative approach, such as criticism, frustration, or an ultimatum, may get a reaction in the short term, but it will not drive the person to change in the long run.
Using criticism, such as, “Instead of sitting on the couch playing that silly game all day, why don’t you join the actual team and play some real basketball?” is likely to incite animosity.
To contrast, consider the more optimistic statement, “I think you’re pretty excellent at basketball and would love playing with your pals on the team. Perhaps you should consider trying out for the team.
Help them value self-improvement and not just success. Sure, the prospect of spending a few minutes at the peak is a major driving force for mountaineers. But what really motivates them is the struggle itself, the process of overcoming the mountain (and their own fears and limitations). When trying to inspire people, it’s always better to have the “climb” in mind rather than the “summit.”
As an alternative to asking a juvenile athlete to work hard so they can win, you may say something like, “Marco, imagine the pride you’ll feel at the end of the final game when you know you’ve given it your all the whole season.”
Use encouraging phrases that help you divide up daunting jobs into smaller, more achievable ones. Lack of motivation is usually not due to laziness, but rather to the work being too daunting. Success can be more easily visualised if the individual is helped to break down the task at hand into a series of manageable steps.
If your child is too overwhelmed to clean their room all at once, try breaking it down into smaller tasks: “Tommy, I bet it’d be much easier for you to play trains if you cleared away all the other toys on the train table.”
Another example would be telling a coworker who is terrified of giving a sales presentation, “Your current sales numbers are awesome, so I’d suggest you lock down that part of your presentation before delve[ing] into next year’s projections.”
Incentivize further effort by rewarding it now; this will pay dividends in the future. In your role as a teacher, manager, coach, or parent, it is your responsibility to provide appropriate praise and acknowledgement whenever it is due. Although some people place a more weight on compliments than others, everyone appreciates being thanked for their honest efforts. It shows them that you value their efforts and motivates them to continue achieving success.
It is common practise to dedicate time each week at the office to celebrating the successes of both individuals and teams.
Children may be sufficiently motivated by the promise of colourful stickers on a work sheet displayed prominently in the kitchen.
Motivating yourself greatly by praising yourself for even the smallest of your successes. Constantly praising and acknowledging their efforts will inspire them to continue doing so on their own. Achieving even a seemingly tiny “win” can serve as a source of motivational inspiration.For all the high marks you’ve gotten on the quizzes so far, Leah, you deserve a pat on the back. You’ve laid the groundwork for doing well on next week’s midterm exam.
Alternately: “Joe, I hope you reward yourself this weekend for all the hard work you’ve put into the sales department. You earned it, without a doubt!