What is motivation? Useful questions to kick start your motivation

Jul 1, 2013 | Motivation

Motivation is a desire and drive to so something. Your level of motivation is something that is constantly changing. It is affected by so many factors, that people often overlook. Once you know the things to consider, keeping your motivation going through the darkest moments becomes a whole lot easier. If you’d love to understand some of the things that affect your motivation and how to use them to your advantage read on.

Motivation is a constantly changing thing

Often, I hear people getting frustrated with themselves because they feel like they can never stick to anything, or find themselves giving up. It is easy to see this as yet an other piece of evidence to suggest that you can’t do this thing.

What if I were to tell you that it is perfectly normal for your motivation levels to fluctuate all the time? Your motivation is affected by so many factors, that it is no surprise that at times it can just all feel too much. Some of the key things that can have an impact are;

  • how you are thinking and feeling. If you are feeling confident and focused you are much more likely to achieve your goals, than if you are listening to negative voices in your head and doubting yourself.
  • the influences around you.  If you are feeling happy in your environment, and spending time with people who are supportive of you, you are more likely to achieve your goals, than if you are feeling unsettled and surrounded by people who are a negative influence on you.
  • your capacity. What else is happening in the other areas of your life at the moment? If there are lots of other things that are taking up your emotional, physical or mental capacity, there will be less energy left for your goals


What if I were to tell you that on people will go through the process of deciding to change a behaviour and taking action, on average 7 times before being successful? The cycle of change, is a model used to explain behaviour change, and it describes a process that you go through from the point of starting to think about changing to the point of maintaining the changes. It puts forward the suggestion that people can have a blip and step out of the cycle. For some, they can get back on it again with relative ease, whereas for others it takes a bit more time and support. Next time you have a blip, be more forgiving of yourself and don’t see it as a signal to throw all your progress away, take sometime to understand what led to the blip and adjust things accordingly. A blip doesn’t need to signal the end.

Understanding that your motivation levels are constantly changing can help to put your behaviour into context, and to accept yourself on the days that you just aren’t feeling it.

Time to kick-start your motivation

Everyone can come up with a goal that they would like to achieve. This stage is often the easiest stage of the process. The hard work starts when you start to get into the nitty gritty of planning the steps you need to take, and then the actual doing it. This can be the time when you struggle to get off the starting blocks. It is often because something is missing, or that you have a block somewhere. I love these questions as a place to start to understand what needs a little bit more attention before you get cracking on the plan of action. They act as a bit of a kick-start to your planning.

Answer the questions on a scale of 1-10 (1 not at all – 10 very much)

  1. How much do you want to ….. ?
  2. How confident are you that you can ….. ?
  3. How ready are you to ….. ?
  4. How important is it to you that you …..?

If you have scored low on any of the questions, take a few moments to think about what would need to happen for you to score it a little bit higher? Below are a few prompts to help you:

  • What difference will this make to your life if you achieve this?
  • What would make you feel more confident that you can do it? (e.g. do you need some help from an expert?)
  • What will life be like in 6 months if things were still the same?

Would you love to really master your motivation and learn how to put an awesome plan in place? Get your hands on my free e-course ‘Finding your Motivation Mojo’ with a workbook and access to videos to help you through. I can’t wait to help you get your mojo going!


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