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Motivation Management

Thoughts of the week

“Motivation management”


Many of the clients we work with and people we interact with each day are highly motivated individuals, teams and organisations; but what does that mean exactly? Motivation can be defined a number of different ways:

  • A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.
  • Willingness to do something.
  • A set of facts and arguments used in support of a proposal.

It consists of four main elements:

  • Optimism – The positive ability to keep going.
  • Initiative – The willingness to act.
  • Commitment – The state of being dedicated to a cause.
  • Drive -The desire to improve.

There are several different types of motivation:

  • Amotivation – lack of any motivation at all, often associated with Need To Avoids Failure (NAF).
  • External regulation – doing something for the internal satisfaction it offers, more want than have.
  • Introjected regulation – doing something because of internalised voice, that puts you under pressure not wanting to let them down in any way.
  • Identified regulation – doing something because you have realised it’s importance in achieving a particular goal.
  • Integrated regulation – doing something because you have fully integrated a motivation within yourself and feel it aligns with your values.
  • Flow – Often looked on as the optimal motivation state when you have complete immersion in a task or activity and nothing else matters.
  • Self-determination – a broad theory of human personality and motivation concerned with how the individual interacts with and depends on the social environment. Defined by intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, outlined by how these motivations influence situational responses in different domains, as well as social and cognitive development and personality.

Techniques athletes, coaches, team leaders and bosses can use to enhance motivation:

  • Self talk – Read more about this in our previous blog
  • Motivational music – Read more about this in our previous blog
  • Goal setting – Read more about this in our previous blog

It is important to realise that the way other people are motivated may vary offer different time periods, environments and situations. One person is very rarely the same as another. What was the last thing motivated you? Was the same as the thing before that? Were they related at all? If this affected more than just yourself, did everyone else involved agree? Hopefully the above has shone a little more light on this area and given some clarity as to how this could be developed in your environment…

Exercise of the week

Dynamic | Strength | Push | Horisontal | Banded | A | Progression
  • Flat bench press | Barbell

Find out more about this program here

Recipe of the week

Scrambled eggs & smoked salmon on toasted sour dough


  • Whisk 4 free range eggs in a mixing bowl, seasoning with sea salt, garlic granules & dried chilli flakes.
  • Melt some olive oil spread in a pan, add egg mixture, heating slowly whilst staring constantly.
  • Toast 2 slices of organic sour dough until golden brown on outside.
  • Once eggs have turned & just stopped begin runny spread even over toast .
  • Place 2-3 generous slices of responsibly sourced smoked salmon on top.
  • Sprinkle over some ground black pepper with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • Serve as in picture.

Find out more about our nutrition plans here

Training song of the week

The Raconteurs – Sunday Driver

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