Motivation is something that drives us to get up and do something.  What motivates you?

“Motivation consists of the amount of effort a person is willing to exert in pursuit of a goal; hence, motivation has magnitude and direction.  Consequently, motivational design is concerned with connecting instruction to the goals of learners, providing stimulation and appropriate levels of challenge, and influencing how the learners will feel following successful goal accomplishment, or even following failure” (Keller, 2006).  Keller’s ARCS Model of motivational design builds on this principle – see our blog The ARCS Model published in December 2019.


So now we have one version of what motivation is, but how do you motivate yourself or someone else?

Motivation is something that is very personal to each of us.  What inspires one person does not necessarily work for another.  The essential element (or elements) of motivation is the need to achieve or something or reach a goal.  This is applicable to work, play, life at home and leisure.  Whether you set the goal yourself or it is set for you, you have to want to strive for and hopefully reach that goal.

Some people are motivated by what others say, some by what others do.  Then there are those people who are motivated not by words or actions, but by their physical surroundings.  Here are 4 main categories and each one will be looked at in turn:

  • Words
  • Deeds
  • Rewards
  • Environment


Words of encouragement go a long way once the task has been started.  However, words alone do not work for many in getting them started.  There are also ways of expressing those words that are designed to motivate someone.  Here are a few pointers:

  • Avoid ‘telling’ someone what to do – this can be very de-motivational and we human beings can revert to a childlike state when we stand our ground and think ‘why should I? – What’s in it for me?’
  • If you must ‘tell’ then include why (which may solve the aforementioned situation). This may already be apparent, but stress the positive results to help encourage
  • Draw on their abilities and give mild praise of those abilities
  • Paint a picture of the future when the goal is getting closer, help them to make their dreams come true

See our recent blogs on Coaching and Mentoring at Work and Coaching and Mentoring Questions for additional information.


Seeing someone else achieve something that you want can motivate you to get started on a new project or goal.  The energy, drive and enthusiasm of others, especially when you can see the results of their efforts, is infectious and inspirational.

Having worked in many projects with many different people, I know what motivates me to get the job done raising all customer expectations because of the actions of other members of the team and the performance and success of those around me – it’s true, it’s infectious.

Surrounding yourself with like-minded people with similar goals is a great motivator.


Monetary reward comes high on the list of wanting to achieve something.  To achieve good exam results at school or university means that better prospects in the job market await us and we are more likely to get the job that we want  However, this may also be a personal goal in producing something that you can sell or having a clear out and going to a boot sale or similar.

Money is not the only form of reward. A smile, a gesture of thanks, a recognition from someone close are also rewards and great motivators for our achievements.  There is the kudos and recognition that comes from being motivated to achieve a goal.


At the beginning of last week there was a glorious warm day when the sun shone brightly and I was inspired to get out into the garden and do some weeding and preparation in readiness for spring.  What goes on around us, whether it is the weather or the climate within the work environment, can be conducive to motivation.  Creating the right surroundings and atmosphere in a course environment will motivate your learners to apply themselves to achieving their goals.  Make your work environment a motivated one!

Get inspired and motivated – check out our courses and enhance your skills this year!

There are 2 categories:

Change Management

Train The Trainer

In both categories and in each course  we ensure our courses inspire and  motivate each and every person.  How?

  • We make our courses PERSONAL by ensuring we understand their reasons for attending, their needs from the course content and we adapt courses accordingly.
  • We use WORDS in many forms – written and oral in practical or verbal exercises, informing, asking and ensuring we all learn from each other
  • One of the great motivators are DEEDS. We all have something to contribute, actions and activities that we have been responsible for and therefore we encourage everyone to share these experiences in our courses so that other people feel motivated to do the same
  • REWARDS come in many forms – recognition from other participants that we have succeeded; a certificate of recognition for completing the course; completion of exercises through to the end, a smile having done it!
  • We create a relaxing ENVIRONMENT in which to learn; we get to know each other, we start to understand ourselves and the learning preferences and needs of others as well as ourselves.  We make our courses fun!

Through motivational methods, we ensure our participants experience a learning solution in our courses for better performance for everyone.

If you have any questions, come and talk to us!

17 Feb 2020

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