Motivation looks different to every one of us. It could be being promoted, providing for loved ones, or meeting deadlines that gets you up every morning or stays up all night.
At the end of the day, motivation exists within and all around us. It’s a matter of figuring out what truly motivates you and leveraging it in what you do.
We’re so happy to work with Nata R., spiritual life coach who helps women discover their passion and manifest their desires, to come up with the following step-to-step guide to help you understand your motivational style better and embrace its strengths so you can achieve any goals you have.
What’s your Motivational Style?
There are two main types of motivation. For each type, there are two motivational styles:
- Outcome-oriented motivation
- Social-oriented motivation
- Purpose-oriented motivation
- Process-oriented motivation
To find out which of these motivational styles you have, pick the statement that best describes you:
Top Tips for your Motivational Style to Achieve any Goals
Your motivational style is: Outcome-oriented
One of the biggest strengths of this style is that having a clear outcome in mind helps you create a blueprint or path to get to the goal that you have. It provides you with discipline as well.
However, it could be easy for you to lose motivation if you don’t have your eyes set on a clear goal. Also, with an outcome-oriented goal, the things that we need to do to achieve it may not always be fun or enjoyable. And along the way, it’s easy to lose motivation.
Tips from Nata:
#1 Use the S.M.A.R.T. method
S: Specific. Be specific about the goal you want.
M: Measurable. You want a goal that you are able to look back on and measure the success of.
A: Attainable. It should be something attainable given your situation.
R: Relevant. It should be relevant to yourself, something you’re excited to do.
T: Timely. Set a time limit.
A SMART goal would be: I’m a fitness newbie and I want to do 50 pushups by the end of 30 days.
#2 Break it down
Then, take that ultimate goal and break it down into small tasks. Put them in your calendar and make them a priority.
#3 Get an accountability partner
Have someone whom you can check in with every once in a while. It could be a friend who’s also trying to achieve their goals or a coach that can support you and hold you accountable.
Your motivational style is: Social-oriented
You love creating and being part of a community. You prioritize giving to others and making them happy. You feel empowered when you are taking care of or providing for your loved ones.
However, it might be easy to fall into the people-pleasing trap. And your desire of always doing what other people want you to do could deplete you and leave you without energy.
Tips from Nata:
#1 Understand your core values
#2 Set boundaries
Learning to say no or setting clear boundaries can be challenging. It may cause some anxiety or worries like I don’t want people to think I don’t want to help.
But it’s important to understand that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Sometimes, being selfish is not selfish. When you take care of yourself, your energy, and mental health first, you are able to serve others so much more. You are of service to the world when you are in your best physical and mental state.
Your motivational style is: Purpose-oriented
You get fulfillment and empowerment when doing things that have clear purpose for you. Sometimes, however, a goal can lack the clarity that our minds need in order to do things.
For example, you might have questions like: How can I live out my purpose? Is what I’m doing really serving me or anyone?
It’s also easy to get caught up in the nitty-gritty and consumed by details that might not matter as much.
And so, having a clear purpose requires a strong connection to your intuition and inner guidance. And it’s something that takes time to foster and tune into.
Tips from Nata:
#1 Get super clear on your vision
Ask yourself: How do you envision your life? What are the things that you really feel alive for? What gives you purpose? How do these things show themselves in our vision?
#2 Practice goal minimalism
Identify the 10 most important things that have a purpose for you. Then look at the top three and cut out the rest. If all things seem as important to you and you try to do all of them at once, chances are none of it is going to materialize.
So, focus on things that you want to spend most of your time and energy on, that make you say Damn, this is it for me, this is what I have to do.
Your motivational style is: Process-oriented
You thrive in the process which gives you energy and vitality. You’re motivated for the sake of doing instead of the outcome. You feel an inner satisfaction from the process. It’s all about inner reward for you.
In some situations, however, process-oriented goals could get complicated. It requires you to really pinpoint the intentions and values you seek that come with the process itself.
Tips from Nata:
#1 Focus on the present
It’s so easy to get caught up in the future or the past that we forget to just have fun. The truth is you’re going to have a lot more fun or get things done quicker by being present in the here and now.
And so, be present, even when you’re doing something as simple as doing dishes or any other daily routine.
#2 Know how you want to live your life
Although it might sound dramatic, it’s the key to finding motivation in how you want to spend your life.
Ask yourself: how do I want to live my life? Is it about full presence, joy, or aliveness that I seek in my ideal self?