Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
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“Spark” is a step-by-step guide to using psychological techniques to achieve the goals you want. From the author of 'PsyBlog' and 'Making Habits, Breaking Habits'.
motivating himself is knowing, when he is racing, that he has done everything he can to prepare in advance. Because, when you are training, competing against no one but the clock, only you really know whether it is really one hundred per cent. Yet, Sir Chris says, even if he eventually loses the race he has been training for, it is a comfort to know he worked as hard as he could in training. Psychologically, this is a complicated form of motivation using fear. It is about projecting the mind
autonomy, competence and relatedness -- and how it is driven by external motivators from the outside world. The problem of belief One of the biggest killers of motivation is lack of belief. It can be hard to get started when the task seems so big and the will to achieve so weak. It is easy to get stuck in a kind of vicious circle. First, the mind throws up all kinds of roadblocks and problems. Then you hit the first setback and it seems like all your worst fears are coming true. Giving up can
weekend." "Will I paint the house at the weekend?" "I am going to practise the saxophone on Sunday afternoon." "Am I going to practise the saxophone on Sunday afternoon?" Studies find that the questions work better than the statements. This seems to be because people generate higher intrinsic motivation or internal motivation when they ask themselves questions. ** Stop and think ** Try writing down a few questions you can use now. These should be as specific as possible, including the time and
other, it is the selfcompassion that works best. People who practice self-compassion find it easier to: See the possibilities for change. Increase the motivation to change. Take steps towards making a change. Compare themselves with those doing better, to help motivate their change. So self-compassion did not emerge as the soft-option: in fact, quite the opposite. By being sympathetic and non-judgemental towards the self, people were able to avoid both harsh self-criticism and potentially
which works insidiously to stop us even starting. So, fear must be used to motivate your change in a very specific way. What needs cultivating is a kind of benign fear of what might happen if you fail to at least try and achieve your goal or complete your project. People use fear of failure as an excuse not to try, but not trying also has its consequences. Try to imagine some of the consequences of not trying hard to complete your project. How will you feel if you give up? What will it mean to