5 Ways to Kickstart Your Client’s Motivation | Life Coaching Certification
One of the key objectives of coaching is to create the best atmosphere and environment to kickstart your client’s motivation. Keep reading until the end to read more about how you can get your life coaching certification.
Are your clients highly motivated? Eager to get up each morning and see what the new day brings for them? Or do they feel less enthusiastic about its prospects? Maybe they feel a lack of energy to face another challenge?
If this is the case, it is likely that they experience one or more of these five things that kill their motivation. But, don’t despair, with relatively simple adjustments and attitude changes in their daily life you can help kickstart your client’s motivation and relive the long-forgotten days of high spirits and joyful buoyancy again that they probably long for.
#1 – Surround yourself with optimists and dreamers
If your clients are getting bogged down with mundane tasks and are influenced by naysayers and pessimists, then their energy must be drained. Passion and motivation need regular sustenance and negativity blocks the positive energy by appearing to reduce opportunities for progress and success. Surrounding themselves with optimists and dreamers have the opposite effect. Their enthusiasm tends to be infectious and gives them constant reminders of what can be achieved if they believe in themselves and work toward their goals.
#2 – Dream big and plan to achieve goals
Without dreams and wishes anyone’s life becomes a monotonous drag from which it is difficult to escape, let alone experience, the uplifting moments. Without going overboard and letting dreams and wishful thinking distract them from possibilities in their real life, channelling their hopes and aspirations in healthy directions will help drive them to new heights. There is nothing that quite stimulates motivation like sitting down in a quiet space and visualizing how it will feel to accomplish a dream. At the same time, remind them to use some of that reflection to formulate an action plan with small steps to lead them toward achieving those dreams.
#3 – Value your health and wellbeing
Feeling constantly drained and irritable is a sure-fire buzzkill. Although this is probably the easiest aspect of a lack of motivation to correct, it is most often ignored in modern times. Consuming too much unhealthy food and drinks, and enduring constant conflict in the competitive areas at work, home, and social events are enough for anyone to feel depressed, frustrated, or fatigued.
Overwhelming feelings are associated with a lack of positive energy and to kickstart their motivation it is helpful to take a step or two back and focus on those things that contribute to their happiness and success. A good start is to take care of their nutrition. Limit their intake of refined sugars and processed foods, consume a consistent and appropriate number of daily calories, and, as much as possible, stick to the daily protein recommendation of about one gram per kilogram of bodyweight or more. Then, regular practice of exercises to moderate emotions like meditation, daily journaling, mindfulness, and yoga will help keep their moods under control.
#4 – Schedule joyful activities and reward yourself
Take time off! Always focusing on competitive and constructive activities can be taxing without them taking some rest and relaxation. They can schedule their weekly activities in advance and make sure to slot in some time to wind down and take their thoughts away from daily stresses. Review their experiences and feelings afterward and repeat those events that had the most positive impact. They can take a reward for themselves when they have accomplished a goal. Celebrating success is a known positive reinforcer, which means that they are more likely to repeat similar achievements in the future when they kick start their motivation in this way.
#5 – Engage rather than avoid
Psychology experts reckon that attempts to avoid something unpleasant is at the root of most personal distress. This means that, when you fear something – an object, a situation, an outcome – people often take far-reaching steps to try and avoid the possibility. Whether it involves withdrawal from social interaction, taking drugs or alcohol, taking risks, or giving in to urges to escape from the pressure, or another behaviour that is unhelpful, more harm is likely done in the process
Instead, the best option for your clients is to identify and acknowledge those things that distress them. Many times, simply by challenging their negative thoughts about something, they can reduce the negative powers of that ‘something’. They can also choose to expose themselves gradually to similar situations, thereby slowly building their confidence that they can handle it and be resilient.
These are five relatively simple adjustments and attitude changes in your daily life that are recognized to kickstart people’s motivation and help them achieve personal success to their individual ability.