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How to improve your motivation and performance

 By Amanda Ponzar

Achievement Motivation is the driving force by which humans achieve their goals” says Wikipedia. Some people are highly internally motivated –- almost unstoppable. Some not so much. But everyone can take steps to increase motivation and improve performance.

A few thoughts:

  • Make a list of everything you want to accomplish each day and try to prioritize it based on what must get done. I’ve used FranklinCovey’s daily planner for seven years though I’m not as good focusing on the important versus urgent (urgent could be a rush project, unexpected visitor or phone call because it’s pressing and has to be dealt with, but important things like family time, exercising for good health, etc. could get pushed to the side because they aren’t as urgent).
  • Determine what you value and use it. Treats are a good motivator for me so I try to complete a major project before I eat another peanut butter cup. Or exercise and then eat ice-cream. Or if I have to bust a move on a major project, I treat myself to a Starbucks frappachino. For you, it could be a treating yourself to a major purchase, vacation, visit with a special friend, TV time, etc.
  • If you supervise a team, find out what motivates each person (it’s not the same for everyone and can change over time so keep asking). Employees I’ve worked with over the years are motivated by:
    • salary and title (of course)
    • public recognition/visibility with senior leadership
    • formal development and training opportunities
    • interesting projects/exciting or important work
    • learning new skills
    • flexible work schedules (telecommuting, compressed work week, etc.)
    • being thanked and appreciated
  • Use both instant and delayed gratification. In potty-training our son, we immediately gave himGuitar  an “X” on the chart plus a treat, but he was also working toward a major goal after a certain number of Xs (see guitar pictured here!).
  • Hold yourself accountable by sharing key goals with trusted colleagues/friends so they can check in, help you reprioritize, etc.
  • Spend time with positive, enthusiastic people who will brainstorm, problem-solve, encourage and keep you going!



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It is said that self confidence furthers our motivation. In that thought, our productivity level also improves.

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Motivation is very important for every business. With the motivation we can get the good performance and this is the good information about how we can improve motivation and performance.

Amanda P.

Thanks, David & Patrick. Keep sharing your thoughts. David, good insight as yes, you're right, not everyone wants to be promoted (which some bosses find shocking) and as mentioned, we can't assume we know what motivates our team. The important point is to ask and keep asking. -- AP

Patrick Ecclesine

Amazing, truly excellent information. Your blog is really awesome. I bookmarked this and will come back once again.

David Bueford

Great list. I found that putting my energy in developing the whole person not just the employee was the best motivator. Took me a while to recognize not everyone wants to be promoted. People work for different reasons but everyone wants to be respected as an individual not just a cog in a larger organization. Also understanding the Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs served me well.

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