NLP Practitioner

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Increase your Motivation with NLP

Most problems appear when there is a big difference between the way things are and the way we would like things to be. When you decide to make that gap smaller, you start setting goals. Sometimes, however, your motivation runs dry – you feel that you don’t have the energy to do anything, you procrastinate, and you can’t focus. You might be wondering – how can I increase my motivation? You might want to increase your motivation at work or at school. NLP offers some ideas on how to deal with a lack of motivation or will power.

Create a Motivation Trigger

Think back to a time in the past when you felt really motivated and passionate about something. If you can’t, imagine something that you would really like to do. Make the pictures as big, bright, loud and real in your mind as you can. Focus on your feelings of determination, pride, passion, whatever motivated you at the time, and let the feelings flood through you.

Let this build up in your mind until it gets stronger and stronger. When the feeling is at its strongest, create a physical anchor. This means that you do something with your body that you might not normally do – rub a hand on your thigh, grab your finger, pull your earlobe. Distract yourself to break state, then do it all over again. You are creating a trigger. Now, when you perform the same action, those feelings of motivation will rise up inside you.

Next, while bringing your feelings of motivation and achievement into focus, think about your current goal – the thing you wish you had more motivation for. Use the sense of motivation you felt from your first memory or imagined event and imagine how great you will feel when you achieve this next goal. By doing this, you are increasing your self-belief and flooding your body with good feelings of motivation. The next time you’re feeling down, just perform your physical trigger (it’s good to make it something other people won’t notice) and you will feel motivated again.

Creating New Behaviour

Sometimes we are not motivated because we don’t really believe in ourselves, or we forget why we are working towards a certain goal. Visualization is another popular NLP method for increasing motivation. Close your eyes and imagine yourself doing the thing that you want to do – getting a new job, starting your own business, scoring a winning goal or whatever it is that you want to do.

You are the director of your own inner movie – edit the soundtrack and the image you see until you are happy with it. You can use this technique to imagine yourself being motivated and excited about a task that you might not really want to do. Pay attention to your own feelings and the imagined responses of people around you – keep editing until it feels right. You can add an anchor or trigger to this type of behaviour, too.

Why Aren’t You Motivated?

Finally, it’s worth asking yourself what might be stopping you from feeling motivated. If you are stuck in a job that you hate, trying to make yourself care about tasks that you don’t care about, then forcing yourself to feel passionate can feel wrong. Deep down, you might know why you don’t really feel motivated. Is this your own goal, or someone else’s goal for you?

When you set goals that are authentic – that is, they come from what you truly want and feel passionate about – motivation will come more naturally. Trying to get excited about something that you find boring can be like trying to fit into the wrong shoes. Look at yourself and ask yourself whether this is something that you really want to focus your time and energy on.

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