Keeping focus over time
You’re working on a team project and your motivation is high. But that solo project/proposal/plan? It’s just so much harder to get yourself motivated, right? If you are blessed with the gift of extreme internal motivation, we are all jealous of you. If your internal motivation could use a kick up the derrière, then here’s how.
Firstly, you are not alone. There is copious amounts of research in the field, regarding the science of internal motivation. Because it is common for many people to find it more difficult to motivate themselves from the inside, out.
But you can find a friend, in you, if you choose to see it this way. Consider the reasons you might feel motivated by a colleague … e.g. you don’t want to let them down, you don’t want to be the ‘weakest link’. Whatever the reason, it becomes a matter of obligation and teamwork.
So, why not make friends with yourself in order to be encouraged? Your ‘future self’ that is. Hang in there, I’m not talking crazy talk. Or time travel. Or a trip back to preschool to play pretend. What I’m talking about is imagining how your future self might feel by the decisions (or indecisions) you make. “If I don’t do this, Future Me will be disappointed”, “If I do this, I am helping make it easier for Future Me”. Thus, creating a sense of obligation to ‘someone else’. You are now working in a team.
You see, it’s all a matter of perspective. If you can bring another ‘person’ (future you) into the equation, then you can trick your brain into a sense of responsibility outside yourself. Clever huh?
Next time you feel demotivated, ask what the other team member might think about that. Go on, give it a try. You might just meet your new best friend … or personal trainer … however you choose to see it.
And the more the merrier right? So if you do need more friends to join the motivation party, give us a call on