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Increase Motivation

If you want to make things happen the ability to motivate yourself and others is a crucial skill. At work, home, and everywhere in between, people use motivation to get results. Motivation requires a delicate balance of communication, structure, and incentives. These 21 tactics will help you maximize motivation in yourself and others.


1. Consequences – Never use threats. They’ll turn people against you. But making people aware of the negative consequences of not getting results (for everyone involved) can have a big impact. This one is also big for self motivation. If you don’t get your act together, will you ever get what you want?

2. Pleasure – This is the old carrot on a stick technique. Providing pleasurable rewards creates eager and productive people.

3. Performance incentives – Appeal to people’s selfish nature. Give them the opportunity to earn more for themselves by earning more for you.

4. Detailed instructions – If you want a specific result, give specific instructions. People work better when they know exactly what’s expected.

5. Short and long term goals
– Use both short and long term goals to guide the action process and create an overall philosophy.

6. Kindness – Get people on your side and they’ll want to help you. Piss them off and they’ll do everything they can to screw you over.

7. Deadlines – Many people are most productive right before a big deadline. They also have a hard time focusing until that deadline is looming overhead. Use this to your advantage by setting up a series of mini-deadlines building up to an end result.

8. Team Spirit
– Create an environment of camaraderie. People work more effectively when they feel like part of team — they don’t want to let others down.

10. Recognize achievement – Make a point to recognize achievements one-on-one and also in group settings. People like to see that their work isn’t being ignored.

11. Personal stake – Think about the personal stake of others. What do they need? By understanding this you’ll be able to keep people happy and productive.

12. Concentrate on outcomes – No one likes to work with someone standing over their shoulder. Focus on outcomes — make it clear what you want and cut people loose to get it done on their own.

13. Trust and Respect – Give people the trust and respect they deserve and they’ll respond to requests much more favorably.

14. Create challenges – People are happy when they’re progressing towards a goal. Give them the opportunity to face new and difficult problems and they’ll be more enthusiastic.

15. Let people be creative – Don’t expect everyone to do things your way. Allowing people to be creative creates a more optimistic environment and can lead to awesome new ideas.

16. Constructive criticism
– Often people don’t realize what they’re doing wrong. Let them know. Most people want to improve and will make an effort once they know how to do it.

17. Demand improvement – Don’t let people stagnate. Each time someone advances raise the bar a little higher (especially for yourself).

18. Make it fun – Work is most enjoyable when it doesn’t feel like work at all. Let people have fun and the positive environment will lead to better results.

19. Create opportunities – Give people the opportunity to advance. Let them know that hard work will pay off.

20. Communication
– Keep the communication channels open. By being aware of potential problems you can fix them before a serious dispute arises.

21. Make it stimulating – Mix it up. Don’t ask people to do the same boring tasks all the time. A stimulating environment creates enthusiasm and the opportunity for “big picture” thinking.

Master these key points and you’ll increase motivation with a bit of hard work.


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419 Responses to Increase Motivation

  1. Lindsay says:

    This is great! I’ll be taking a print-out to my Project Management meeting this afternoon. Thanks.

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  3. Bonnie says:

    Great list, John!

    I think your #10 is particuarly valuable. I was just reading (literally, like 20 minutes ago) something that said more people leave their jobs because they feel unappreciated than because they want more money/benefits.

    Unfortunately, where I work, management constantly shoots down our attempts to get an employee recognition program going. They’re standard response: “We value EVERY member of our organization. To single out one employee’s (or team’s) efforts will make everyone else feel slighted!” So every other year they do a company-wide recognition event where EVERYONE is “recognized” (which means, in reality, that NO ONE is recognized). Morale here is quite low, by the way.

    I’d like to add one more tactic to your excellent list:

    22. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Don’t just tell people how to fulfill the company’s mission, vision & goals … SHOW them.

    I believe most other tactics are doomed to failure if managers don’t act as they demand their employees to act (i.e., expect employees to meet deadlines yet be constantly late with their own work). (Failure to “walk the walk” is another reason morale here is low.)

    Sorry to vent a bit, John… but this list really hit home for me. Thanks so much for the stimulation! :-)

  4. Success From the Nest has a great post (( about reconnecting with our enthusiasm by using some NLP (neurolinguistic programming) techniques to relive past successes. I’m a certified practitioner of NLP, and Tony’s post is the most down-to-earth and powerful description of some of those techniques I have ever read.

    I tend to be inner-directed, so when I need motivation I reconnect with the love of doing the job and the joy of being on the path to success. I’m a firm believer in Earnie Larson’s statement: “There are few things more wonderful than knowing where you want to go and being on the path to getting there.”

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  7. ascian says:

    Why is there no number 9? :)

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  9. John Wesley says:

    9 is bad luck? Just kidding. I must have pulled one out by accident. Too late to change it now, I’d mess up the title.

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  11. lou says:

    better one for team spirit: Team work makes the dream work.

  12. Dag says:

    Funny. I read item 7 as ‘Deadliness’. How’s that for motivation?!

  13. Christoffer says:

    A very nice list, being sure to save this when I (more correct: if I) get a executive position somewhere. =D

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  15. Bunk says:

    Was number nine a good one?

  16. John Wesley says:

    Doubtful, or else I wouldn’t have cut it.

  17. Ryan says:

    I read this from the perspective of helping someone lose weight.
    Turns out, I am using quite a few already. I’ll have to add some of the others too.

    Thanks for the tips.

  18. 9 is my favorite number! You can add 1 more in, that way you don’t need to change the title =)

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  21. Jon says:

    I somewhat disagree with #17. Though common sense tells us that the only way we’re going to improve is by constantly challenging ourselves (which is great for personal goal setting), you sometimes run the risk of setting unrealistic expectations that can result in a decrease in morale due to failure or long hours. Additionally, it may not be wise to set one person’s performance as the bar for another as they may have very different skill-sets. You have to thoroughly evaluate the feasibility of those goals and be prepared to accept the possibility that you made an error when those goals are not achieved.

    All of the other tips are great, thanks for your clear and concise thoughts!

  22. I agree with Jon. People are happiest and most productive when they’re challenged just the right amount (see ), but if someone else is constantly raising the bar for them it will be oppressive. Don’t forget items 6 and 11.

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  24. Harveen says:

    Great post, Im sending this one to some people iIknow who can use it in their next meeting. I esp. liked #3 appealing to people’s selfish nature-it works!!LOL…

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  27. belg4mit says:

    It’s carrot and stick, not carrot on a stick. Carrot and stick refers to reward & ounishment. A carrot dangled on pole, as fishing, is never actually received.

  28. Motivation is great, but don’t forget one of Dave Barry’s most important rules: “Never confuse your career with your life.” In the long run you’ll get more meaningful stuff done if you know what your life is about.

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  30. Richard says:

    Wheres number 9?

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  36. #18 is great. As a wee lad, I used to ask”If it isn’t fun, why am I doing it?” I somehow forgot that question down the road, but have since resurrected it. Life is too short. Also, variety is the spice of life, as #21 attests.

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  38. Journey says:

    Great advice, but what’s #9???

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  43. Sue says:

    Wonderful blog John. I like that it is easy to read and clarifies each heading in a simple and direct manner. Where’s number 9? I particularly like the ones about team work as there is not enough in the world today.

    I would love to share more thoughts on motivation in my personal blog here. Big Hugs.

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  48. What is a Call Center’s secret to motivation?

    If the agents value success, integrity, customer service, a personal work ethic, excellence and innovation, then we help the associate align those values with the organization’s objectives. We help in creating personal long-term goals such as becoming a top producer or a more short-term goal like mastering the calling script. We reinforce their emotional state of confidence, keeping them focused on the basics, guidelines and adherence to hit for a higher standard. Rewards are common for agents with positive customer feedback so that they consider the call center a career opportunity, not a dead end job.

    Money will always motivate employees. In Costa Rica, call center jobs are high-paying, highly sought-after jobs in comparison to other vocations. Most of the telemarketing jobs leaving the United States are for positions and salaries many North Americans snub. A call center agent will make a consistent, effective contribution to the campaign’s success in order to insure that their paycheck continues.

  49. Pavel says:

    Very good and solid list, thank you, I resonate with each item. The only issue is the page titled as “Increase Self Motivation” and the content is for motivating others :) it’s a bit misleading..

  50. Nancy Hoe says:

    Very Good post and the pointers are invaluable. I like #16 most cos’ I believe that with constructive criticism, one can grow by leaps & bounds.

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  52. shuron says:

    This is indeed very interesting. But i have one consideration of other level. Which person has to be the boss? I mean boss as personality has enormous admission on employee motivation.

  53. James says:

    This is a very intresting article. I will definately apply some of these tips to my own life. For some other tips for self motivation check out

  54. farouk says:

    Good one :), you should consider writing part II of this article

  55. Gus says:

    I subscribe to this daily motivational video blog. Its actually called

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  57. sabir says:

    great nice reading thanks for some treasurable knowlege.

  58. garry says:

    Some good advice that if adhered to will increase motivation of your staff, maybe you should do a list for self-motivation. Or maybe I will do one……….

  59. I like the points about kindness. As a therapist I see people who say that they are touched if there boss notices they are having a hard day. This creates loyalty.
    Communication is also important:

  60. muhammad naveed says:

    this is indeed rare material..that help and guide us to our desired goal.
    realy thanx for such valuable material..

  61. As part of April Appreciaton Month, I want to share my educational pledge which is appropriate during this period, epsecially for our young people:

    An Educational Pledge

    I pledge to maintain a
    Healthy Mind and Body
    Staying away from the Vice of drugs
    I pledge always to try my Best to understand
    The importance of Knowledge and Education
    I pledge to paint a Positive picture of where I plan to be in the future
    Not allowing obstacles to stop the growth of my Plans
    I pledge to seek Answers to Questions,
    With the understanding that they
    Will lead to other discoveries
    I pledge to work Firm
    With the Awareness and Confidence
    That firm work Today will serve
    As the Seeds for my strong Tree tomorrow
    A Tree that no one will be able to tear down
    I pledge to learn proper languages,
    Beginning with my Mother’s
    Always prepared to Appreciate others
    I pledge to gain a better understanding of Me
    By understanding my Cultural roots
    I pledge to fully accept Me as a human being
    A Rainbow of many cultures and colors
    I pledge to overcome any Personal misfortunes
    Becoming Stronger from such misfortunes
    Always striving to become
    A wise person.

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  63. Motivation says:

    Great to read good stuff every now and then!

    Regards Marcel

  64. Ayo says:

    This a very comprehensive article, there are quite a few gems that I will take from it.
    Great effort.

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  70. Valery says:

    Very well done list! You have picked really right things! Thank you! I’ve added a link on your post to my Motivation lens. I think my readers will find it really useful!

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  82. abdulfatai says:

    Motivation increase productivity
    extrintive motivation is a payback reward
    intrintive motivation is targeted on aresult which make you a figure among the competators.
    Motivate youself and people around you to get the best in life.

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    Great post. and also waiting for next……….. really this is v v helpful thanks

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  97. john says:

    wow.. what a nice blog.. :)

  98. Motivation is great, but don’t forget one of Dave Barry’s most important rules: “Never confuse your career with your life.” In the long run you’ll get more meaningful stuff done if you know what your life is about.

  99. Shawn says:

    I love your last item most of all: Make it stimulating. People love to be challenged, although they won’t always admit it.


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  101. Josh Hinds says:

    Thanks for the quick and to the point list of reminders on how to inspire others.

    Best, Josh

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  128. Supermance says:

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  130. Thank you, nice article. i think morale is so important for increase motivation.

  131. John Hymers says:

    I can relate to your thoughts on “the bar” possibly being raised unrealistically high. I think that #17 follows along from #16 in the positive/constructive criticism approach. I think that raising the bar a “little”, as the author states, speaks to the fact that we should strive to look at the good sides of out accomplishments. By looking at our attempts from a positive perspective, this allows a person to have a realistic sense of achievement and be able to direct their attitudes, feelings, thoughts and behaviors toward ever increasing levels of personal achievement.

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    So in summary, if you make it your mission to put your all into all that you do, you will have all that you ever need to live a successful life.

    Do your best and you’ll be blessed.

    Treat others with respect and never forget to say thankyou.

    Write notes of appreciation to others and send a happy e-card or joyful email to your friends, your family and your clients.

    It generally only takes a few seconds of your time to do these things. However, they will add hours of enjoyment to your life.

    Share a smile. Walk the extra mile. Remove guile and live with style. These are the simple ingredients for your personal recipe of stunning and outstanding success and happiness.

  139. David says:

    Little things do go a long way. They can be one part of an overall plan to motivate people. Here’s an interesting article on Sparxoo that goes deeper into the art of motivation.

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  148. Vince says:

    Wow! Great post! I’m sure these will be very effective in motivating myself and others! I’ll remember these tips whenever i need motivation! Will share this with friends.

  149. andy garcia says:

    very moving

  150. Noha Salah Salem says:

    it helps me alot of time

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  154. Hope says:


    Its good to know that people like you are promoting motivation and inspiration around the

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  156. Jack Zufelt says:

    Great list of motivational tips. No matter what the business they are sure to find some ways to motivate their staff on this list.

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  159. Motivation is the fuel of achievement and its essence determines the level one can easily reach to. The toughest thing for most people is to have a high level of motivation in all phases of their life. If you want to achieve your dreams then the ability to motivate yourself is a crucial skill. Whether you are on the workshop floor or in the “ivory tower” your motivation will lead you towards your goal.

  160. Strive says:

    good points will try and use these for myself they will surely help.

  161. s varier says:

    MOTIVATION… i believe is a continuous process , if u motivate ur employee once dont think dat the work is done an efficient hr person is one who derieves new and novel techniques to motivate people….as it is very rightly said dat motivation does not last longer nor does “BATHING” thats why we recommend it daily…human beings are most unpredictable they might be motivated today but may be they are demotivated the next day.

  162. s varier says:


  163. Nyomi says:

    I think these are excellent ideas to motivate others – thank you.

    A more motivated and happy workforce is a more productive workforce that gets along better with each other.

    I particularly like “Get people on your side and they’ll want to help you. Piss them off and they’ll do everything they can to screw you over.” So true! Love it!

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  165. Just had to say Good Job with the blog! Thank you for the Positive Thoughts!

    Be Good and
    Stay Boosted!

    Cj Hallock

  166. Artgosh says:

    Thanx! It is great and usefull!


  167. Tom says:

    Wow this really great, thanks to whoever created this post.

  168. Whitney says:

    This is great. Imagine what the world would be like if we all had attitudes based on these principles.

  169. Rolando says:

    I totally agree with number 18, we always have to make it fun but I also believe that in order to accomplish that all the people working on a team must really love what they are doing do. Like Confucius once said “find a job that you love to do and you would never have to work a day in your life”
    So build your team with that in mind, make it fun and enjoy!

  170. bob says:


  171. Thanks for breaking it down so easily! Usually blogs about motivation get wayyyyy too in depth. This helped a lot!

    Thought you might like my blog too, for some more ideas (

  172. Ayube Ali says:

    I have to say this is great stuff. My team love this site.Great job

  173. metlab-tr says:

    Great post, hem, you really make it easy to understand, i agree with ayube al, that there so many motivasional article that way to depth so many people don’t understand. I really like this post.
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  175. Steve Turner says:

    This is a really useful and informative set of tips. I am really interested in the whole subject of what motivates people.

  176. charlie says:

    thank you. great work

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  178. jawad says:


    Interesting points. How do they all connect to a coherent whole?

  179. bob says:

    up your arse

  180. Ben Jackson says:

    This video really motivated me, it’s awesome!

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  182. Ben says:

    This is a really good list. I really connect with your advice about kindness, and being good to people so that they’ll want to give you a helping hand. I think that is particularly important for people who are just starting off in business.

  183. Pablo says:

    I would add that you should create or develop a personal motto that poetically explains what you are standing for, like “Who dares, wins” or “Nothing is impossible”.

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    Nice post..i found a an app for my iPhone which really suits the topic..It is Pocket Coach and you can schedule your plans right here…

  185. Kim McGinnis says:

    Great List! I have another one that is kind of off the wall. Do a meditation or contemplation before you go to work. If you are feeling stressed on a particular and you know you are not going to be at your best, sit down for 20 and ask for help on how to be present in a healthier way for you and your staff. I recently read a wonderful book by Andy Feld called, “Wake Up! Your Life is Calling.” The author promotes this inward practice and has overcome incredible challenges in his own life (work and personal) by tapping into a higher intelligence. I hear he is even in the process of making a movie about these experiences.
    thanks for listening,

  186. Andy Feld says:

    Thanks Kim for referring me here. I am often asked the difference between motivation and inspiration. To me, motivation comes from the the outside and inspiration from the inside. Our personal happiness, joy, and abundance is an inside job and learning to reach within through meditation, contemplation, and affirmation is the best way to get on track. Wrap this all up with an understanding of Universal Oneness and the love which holds it together and anyone can get on the right track. Yes a little willpower and self-discipline does help. Thanks to all andy

  187. Motivation, undoubtedly is a strong force in a person that leads him/her to a successful life. A person who keeps himself motivated never quits and this is what takes him to the heights of glory. A self-motivated person can bravely combat all the hurdles in his life. Therefore, keep your self motivated by reading motivational quotes and using motivational words in your life.

  188. gerry says:

    These are real good tips. Motivation is the essential tool required for change. But you need to understand how to access motivation. The key is ‘motivation follows action’

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  190. Timeless advice for motivation. Setting a deadline is a crucial step that people often skip. Or they set a sliding deadline. Meaning they didn’t quite make it so they keep moving it.

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  192. Ahmad Fatoni says:

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  198. John Farell says:

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  199. John Farell says:

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  200. I never put much thought into the idea that consequences almost automatically set people up for failure. What a great lesson. This could all fall under the part of clearer communication I suppose. Either way, my eyes are opened further.

  201. Motivation is important because it is what allows us to achieve goals, solve problems, achieve objectives and proposed to have a good relationship with others is the lever that we can do is to have a reason to get ahead, contemplating difficulties and seeing it as another way to achieve goals

  202. zach says:

    This is sure a great tips.
    But hard to archive.From No 1 to 21 is like one phase to another 1 phase to master it.
    For me the great motivation came from the phrase “family is everything”

  203. betty robinson says:

    Thank you for your self motovation tips.

  204. mutiara says:

    motivation like energy, it give us energy to keep our purpose. But God give us all we need.

  205. Thanks for a great article. I am particularly partial to Trust and Respect. In my experience, that is a very powerful motivator, whether at work, at home or with friends.

  206. zach says:

    Hi…. its me again….
    You never stop writing such wonderful articles.
    What i experienced, the great motivation came from looking all people around us…most of them, even us had a little or somehow difficulties and disabilities that we can hardly see it. It keep inside of me alert …

  207. robin says:

    Thanks for the info. A lot of good tips in that list.

  208. Ashley says:

    This is a great post but the structured form that it takes makes it a tool that is more viable in the workplace rather than in one’s social life.

    These techniques are definitely something I will use in the workplace.


  209. Stacey Burke says:

    This is a really great blog! Keep the posts coming! Thanks.

  210. Travis Hoffman says:

    i am a senior in highschool who has NEVER done good in school. i cant stand it anymore. i have no motivation what so ever to succeed. i keep am telling myself that i will change after this highschool bullshit is over. but my father tells me otherwise, that i wont snap out of it. i read your 21 post things on motivation, and i really understand them, but i cant come up with the motivation to set these goals let alone follow them… im not sure what to do, but i would like your opinions on this if you wouldnt mind. maybe a word or two of advice? it would please me! =/ thanks Travis..

  211. Berry says:

    Some excellent ideas – keep the posts coming

  212. Moni says:

    Sorry, but You write many things that are not true nor practical (although sound rational) For example, what You call “the old carrot on a stick technique” is just the old thinking about motivation, without acctually knowing human’ motivational and emotional procesess (psychological knowledge, not the intuitive one). Special rewards decrease people’s effectiveness in tasks involving thinking and creativity. Don’t You know that?!

  213. Moni says:

    Hey Travis,
    I’m not an expert but I’ll write what’s on my mind.
    First of all, You’ve got the motivation: writing here proves that.
    But if You were “NEVER” good, You’ve got no joy nor faith in what You have to do in school, and where there’s no joy, no fun, no intrest, there’s no motivation.
    I’d recommend stop fighting for motivaion to do things You don’t want to do, and try to find Your motivation that already exist: it can be motivation to travel, or play music, or ding what You like.. Forget about school for a while, give yourself a break..
    Your father wants best for You, but listen to Yourself first.. Even if You’d have to leave.. Motivation = I want… so You won’t find it, not starting there: what would You like to do.. what do You want to do..
    Not what You have to.. and especially not what You should do many time ago..;)
    Wishing You all the best!

  214. dr. disshum says:

    All done and dusted. I need more challenges. A new list I hear you say? Just kidding. Good post :) Dr. Disshum’s last blog ..How process goals can make you win

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  222. I’ve found that passion really increases your motivation. You don’t need to be motivated if you love it!

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  224. Very impressive ideas. I agree on your thoughts about motivation. This 21 tips are complete and everyone must follow this to guide their selves.

  225. Bonnie! That is terrible news!

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  226. Inspiration & Motivation, It’s important to do something, and achieve something, that on this way to success, people could appreciate and respect you for what you do. It’s important to make people love you for who you are and what you do.

  227. Cheri Chase says:

    Group Activity on Motivation. Anyone know of a group activity for <16 people that can be done in a college classroom in less than 25 minutes?

  228. Jasmine Diaz says:

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  230. Guy Farmer says:

    Great ideas. I’ve also found that a valuable part of team building and increasing motivation is to praise people and help them connect on a deeper level. When people are able to communicate and relate in a significant way they build empathy and are more likely to collaborate.

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  233. Gabriel says:

    I see that a lot of these apply to managing and leading others. Not just having self-motivation, you have to be able to motivate others to help each other succeed.

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  235. helicoptre says:

    To understand what a personal motivate coach does, you must first understand what personal motivate means. Personal development is a path towards well being through behavior modification and self improvement techniques.

  236. November 2nd says:

    Motivation, it is so important that you should not rely others as your sole sources of motivation. Develop your own.

  237. yinelis amaya says:

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  238. RUTH MARINA says:

    for my motivation is important that is the stimulus that drives us to perform certain actions when motivated person can have a good performance at work, study To achieve the desired goal or objective.
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  241. I really appreciate this article. I think that number 6, Kindness, is the key to any success. If you do right by people they will help and encourage your prosperity, if you make enemy after enemy you will find yourself talking to a lot of backs when you may need them the most.

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    My biggest motivation is my personal growth as it is the great opportunities that life offers me many times are few and should be exploited to the fullest, as the article says that in all the circumstances of everything that happens to us the main thing is knowing how to handle and to serve us not so much experience if not give us more strength to move forward and become a great professional and morally be a whole person and that things are achieved with great effort and is often not easy to get and many times to mourn almost tears of blood to get to achieve our goal.

    Mi motivación más importante es mi superación personal ya que es las grandes oportunidades que me brinda la vida muchas veces son pocas y hay que aprovecharlas al máximo , como dice el artículo todos los circunstancias que dentro de todo lo que nos sucede lo principal es saber manejarlo y que nos sirva no tanto de experiencia si no que nos dé más fuerza para seguir avanzando y llegar a ser una gran profesional y también moralmente ser una persona íntegra y que las cosas se logran con mucho esfuerzo y muchas veces no es fácil poder conseguirla y que muchas veces a que llorar lagrimas casi de sangre para poder llegar a lograr nuestro objetivo .

  245. Mileidys Elena Peñalver B. says:

    My opinion regarding the methods of motivation seems very good and that we as people must be motivated when performing work or whatever, and also if employees are our superiors have them present for the work is not the same daily routine.

  246. Jorge Luis Ruiz R. says:

    Regarding methods of motivation seem so cool, because everyone deve be motivated by something at the time of a job or work being done for pleasure as if things never go out without enthusiasm Realian alike.
    On the other hand I feel good that they have a strong presence over the achievements of their employees because these make them feel that what we are doing this very well done and helps their self esteem.

  247. Luis Alberto Vangrieken Poveda says:

    The motivation is essential for all activities that we want to forward to achieve very good philosophical thinking in order to achieve all our goals with enthusiasm, with more desire to have excellent performance and give great results, the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation were holding hands to motivate us as we encourage others to keep fighting.

    Thank you so very much for its messages

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  251. Agubuonu J. Onyinye says:

    In my own opinion motivation is a part and parcel of growth and successful organization because the more workers motivate the more they will contribute to growth of the organization, which will drive to organizational goal. Motivation is bedrock of any solid organization .And in a lay man; motivation is that thing management or organization give or do to worker (s) which makes him or her to work more than he or she use to work

  252. These 21 points are perfect bullet reminders, so thanks for that. The best video I ever saw was by UK life coach on You tube. Enjoy it here

    It’s simple and clear and helped me find the consistant motivation that had eluded me my whole life.

  253. Owen says:

    I’m just going to go ahead and say that rules 1 and 2 contradict each other. Never use treats, but provide pleasurable rewards.

  254. Freddy Azimi says:

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  256. Robin singla says:

    hello good evening. this is robin singla.I motivate the school level students. motivation is a source of energy for among the school going students.students should focus on practicals and logics

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  258. Sanjul says:

    Great blog!

    A good leader should be a motivator.

    It is he role of a leader to lowlight fight and highlight vision and sight, while sorting conditions so that root cause of fight is eliminated.

  259. Mukesh says:

    It’s good for happinerss and this is my favourate…mukesh

  260. Ray Brookwell says:

    Can I get permission to use information from this site to help others

  261. joe says:

    Very interesting and timely article.
    I was thinking that there should be an item about accountability but this about motivation not goal setting or accomplishment.
    Good work,

  262. josephlou says:

    pls check ur numbering..u missed one. they are not 21, u dont have #9

  263. dan says:

    Whoever wrote this takes liberty of the word proven. Check out an RSA video on youtube about motivation, you’ll know which one because everything is drawn as the speaker says it. Money is a terrible terrible motivator when working with anything mental. It is a great motivator only if the task is purely physical mechanical labor. Watch that video its actually from an intelligent source, not just from someone looking for hits on their blog pretending to have the answers.

  264. ary sinichi says:

    I agree for all… its very useful for me. You missing 1 number.. #9 .,, what is it??

  265. Butch Basalo says:

    the more challenges i face everyday, the more i feel better and great, cause i visualize my goals coming into my hand as soon as i overcome to it… Live Life with Victory…

  266. Ricky says:

    This is a great post, especially the idea about creating team spirit-I totally agree.

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  268. Enock o. orora says:

    this is great keep it up huraa!!!

  269. Kym says:

    This is what I and We need! Thank you so much. But, where is #9? Don’t leave it to me to figure out. I am here for a reason. :)

  270. martin says:

    The blog is very useful,, has anyone tried any online courses in motivational speaking??? i would love to hear of any good ones thanks

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  271. martin says:

    visualisation techniques are the way forward for personal motivation,, its tough to get others to do it tho,, but this post is very good with some great ideas!!!

  272. Guy Farmer says:

    Excellent insights. It’s remarkable how much of motivation is about treating people with kindness and being aware of what they need. It starts with leaders recognizing that the workplace is not all about them and that motivated employees become that way because we do things to help get them there. I’d also add that listening and giving people a voice are valuable things to motivate people.

  273. Motivation is what drives mankind, whether it is negative or posetive motivation it all does the same thing,, but you can chose which you impliment but remember if you impliment negative motivation then you will become disliked very quickly with your work mates!! you have to decide

  274. Harv Whitman says:

    Thank You for posting what I describe as the mirror concept. You get back what you reflect to others.

  275. Finding what will motivate you to achieve the results you want is crucial to accomplishing life goals.

  276. Amy Hemker says:

    Just throwing this out there, but there isn’t a number 9, so there are only 20 things on this list.

  277. James Hunor says:

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  278. Timo Kiander says:

    Motivation is always in-demand :)

    I have also realized, that positive experiences lead to motivation which in turn can create powerful habits. Those habits in turn can bring you success, if you are ready to put the hours in.

  279. Majid Ali says:

    Thanks for your advice on motivation. I am writing a blog about the same subject. Please take a look at my blog. I will appreciate it.

  280. nail says:

    You have shared good point on motivation, according to Norman Vincent Peale “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”

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  282. Motivation is very crucial to achieving success. Thanks for these tips. :)

  283. David says:

    It’s carrot or a stick, not carrot on a stick. The saying is meant to show reward vs. punishment.

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  285. bird houses says:

    I have read many motivational books and watched many motivational videos, and although they work for a couple hours, it is ultimately up to you to motivate yourself

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  288. yo momma says:

    You forgot to throw the gauntlet. What about a challenge, or contest? Certainly, this drives Results, and motivates those eager to win. Yo momma.

  289. Anup Purkait says:

    Excellent insights. It’s remarkable how much of motivation is about treating people with kindness and being aware of what they need.

  290. EJ Hunter says:

    These are all great methods for increasing the motivation levels within yourself and others when there’s no motivation to be had intrinsically, but what about the ways to turn that extrinsic motivation into intrinsic motivation? You’re pushing yourself into things that you… and your people… don’t want to be doing in the first place.

  291. Jodie says:

    You have shed a ray of susnnihe into the forum. Thanks!

  292. steve says:

    great motivational tips you provided here, I’m especially a fan of zig ziglar and les brown…they’re wonderful!

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  296. Kathy says:

    Good tips for motivating. I also find writing in a journal is a good way to dump the bad and focus on the action I will take

  297. Ask says:

    Meditation is one of the easiest techniques you can learn to refuel your body, mind and spirit. While many of us have heard of the benefits of meditation, few of us actually want to spend the time it takes to learn how to meditate. We often cling to stress, fear and anxiety because we think we need these things in order to function in this fast-paced world.

  298. Graham Brown says:

    I’m glad you included “Demand Improvement” in your list. A lot of times, motivation and recognition efforts end up simply discouraging underachievers and keeping successful team members from feeling like they need to work any harder. Expecting continual improvement keeps all members of the organization moving toward higher achievements.

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  300. bijas says:

    Hai i am Bijas.your words are true in my life.

  301. Charles says:

    I think the most important thing you said in your piece is the part about treating others with kindness. Everything seems to stem from the respect we have for one another. Not to mention (as you did), you will garner a great deal of help with any endeavor you undertake.

    Great insights.

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  303. joe shanahan says:

    OK the part on consequences , never use a threat,makes more sense to me than actually doing it. I am going to my boss soon and let him know I get more productivity done by being nice and understanding than the other co workers can get out of the employees that we have. They say I am too nice . Is it better than being a mother F er ? Because I can be that too if need be. Please reply need to know if im in the right>

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  307. Evan says:

    Excellent advice! It is very easy to lose track of the things and ways we can motivate ourselvs and others. It is a power that we all have, and it is a power that we need to exercise for bettering ourselves and others!

  308. Staying motivated is very important and can make the difference in life. The same thing goes for business as well. I like how you wrote about setting goals, both short term and long term. I think this should be ranked higher as it is can really enhance one’s drive. Having clear goals, and a path or direction on how to achieve them can in some cases increase one’s chances of being successful.

  309. Motivation is definitely something you should strive to have in your life, whether it be for your personal life, health, business or other. Motivation can be tricky to keep up as well but these ideas that you have posted, in my opinion, are really good. I particularly like the “Let People Be Creative” one. I find that that is really important!

  310. malsha says:

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  312. reignroyale says:

    a very constructive list, i like that there was emphasis on allowing others to be creative without expecting them to create to someone elses expectations

  313. I have a boss who is so negaitive it demotivates you so i can see that he should read this post lol

  314. Anonymous says:

    motivation is such a key factor when getting the best from people.  This post has some great ideas to achieve this.

  315. Arun says:

    Martin, nice comment . Certainly your boss will read some motivational articles.

  316. Arun says:

    Martin, nice comment . Certainly your boss will read some motivational articles.

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  318. Jawwadsaif says:

    This is a wonderful article. One needs determination and patience to achieve somthing in life.

  319. At Rathore says:

    Serial No. 9 above is missing

  320. Kristin says:

    I am into HR ..its a great article, people management is tricky so always new ways to motivate different people. 

  321. Bonnie! That is terrible news!

    Because of things like that I left my job and went into my own business.

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  322. Mdsells says:

    I was required to review this piece for a class that I am taking at Franklin University as part of the Master of Science in Marketing and Communication (MCM) program. In my opinion, this piece did inspire in any way to become motivated. Most of the points identified and their explanations were not clearly defined. They were difficult to comprehend and lacked examples. It is also in my opinion that it should have been written in first person.

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  329. Jerry Katz says:

    Motivation easily wears out, that’s why we should practice it daily

  330. Neil says:

    This is really enlightening!  Motivation is rooted on seeing yourself as an active part of the organization.  Though money is very important, belongingness and appreciation fuels the person to do more and feel good about himself which will benefit the organization! 

  331. Kathleen Black says:

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  348. Admin says:

    I agree with Jon. People are happiest and most productive when they’re challenged just the right amount (see, but if someone else is constantly raising the bar for them it will be oppressive.

  349. I love this article… and a good website that puts some of the key points to use is

  350. Josh says:

    great advice for people to motivate themselves.

  351. Jucciworld says:

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  352. Thanks! Will definitely apply these tips to keep me motivated and achieve my goals this 2012. :)

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  354. Noel IM says:

    I think the top 3 motivation tactics based on the list above are:

    1. communication of value of what is important and why it is important

    2. let be people be creative expands the mind to do inspiring things

    3. demanding improvement pushes everyone to take the next step to grow

    Performance Motivation Blog is important for everyone learn and contribute to. 

    Keep up the good work. 
    Thank you for this.

    Noel of Canada

  355. sunflower says:

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  358. Julie Joyce says:

    Great post…I especially like the point about not letting people stagnate, as too often that happens when we all get complacent.

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  360. Petros says:

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  363. Mark says:

    “Kindness – Get people on your side and they’ll want to help you.” Has to be my favourite. It is also a great way to make yourself feel good too!

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  365. Mallisawalls says:

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  367. Kjh says:

    terrible, I don’t see how this is helpful

  368. Kjh says:

    terrible, I don’t see how this is helpful

  369. eric patrick says:

    thank you! now i’m better and i know what i have to do. i do now.

  370. Danv187 says:

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  371. All points are help to increase motivation technique of employee which described in above article. It all help to manager,team leader and project manager to improve their motivation technique.It help to get idea about how to motivate their employee  to better work.

  372. Otukolo says:

    Love this.. I will use these words for my business everyday for the rest of my life. Simple. And efficient.

  373. Abhijitsen2 says:

    This is Great…simply superb….really getting motivated is so easy…..:)

  374. Jeremiah say says:

    Great Article! I like the entire article but what really struck me most is point #20 Communication.  

  375. Barbara Naisby says:

    Superb tips – love them!

  376. These are two of the vital areas to get the best out of business and best performance in business on the whole.

  377. These are two of the vital areas to get the best out of business and best performance in business on the whole.

  378.  Great article.  I especially like number 15: To increase motivation we should let others be creative and not expect them to do things exactly how we’d do it.  As long as the outcome is good, everyone is happy.

  379. Jbdahdwka says:

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  380. Goal Setting says:

    Great tips, I loved the 
    criticism tip but sometimes criticism makes people very angry.  

  381. Goal Setting says:

    Great tips, I loved the 
    criticism tip but sometimes criticism makes people very angry.  

  382. Goal Setting says:

    Great tips, I loved the 
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  383. Goal Setting says:

    Great tips, I loved the 
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  384. Jean says:

    Motivation is key to business success. Learning this skill is a must to make your employees do better, strive harder at work. Thanks for these 21 tactics, very helpful indeed!

  385. Gillygraves says:

    Found this a really interesting article.

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  387. Seth R. Maris says:

    This is a great article!!!  I agree that motivation tends to stem from one or more of these things, but in my professional opinion often its not motivation that gets the job done.  It’s discipline.  So, if being disciplined is decision based then motivation becomes a “take as needed” type of thing.  Maybe I’m wrong?  Thoughts?   For more of what I’m talking about check out this article on Empowerment and inspiration!!

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  389. Mike says:

    I think #13 seems counter-intuitive, but it works wonders.  When they catch wind of your belief in them, it FILLS them instantly.  They feel can do anything with support like that.

  390. Mike says:

    I think #13 seems counter-intuitive, but it works wonders.  When they catch wind of your belief in them, it FILLS them instantly.  They feel can do anything with support like that.

  391. Great information – short and to the point.  Timeless piece.

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  394. Saitotir says:

    True facts! 

  395. Rgr4lf says:

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  396. Rgr4lf says:

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  399. Andyc1996 says:

    I like it. I am giving a motivation speech for school. does anyone want to help????????

  400. Kittycatmuffinbell says:

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  401. Johann Espach says:

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