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Oct 12, 2023 | Mental Health

How to get Motivated and Stay There

Joel Dickinson

Joel Dickinson


How to get super motivated and stay there.

About this article

How to get motivated and stay there, is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping you achieve an outstanding mind and body and the life you desire. You can think of these articles like you would the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, as they work together to form a picture of the person you want to be. To kick things off, I’m talking about the difference between Action and Motivation, what causes someone to suffer from a lack of motivation, and how to get motivated and stay there. I also introduce you to the concept of ‘action comes before motivation’ and how I use this approach in my clinic to treat people suffering from motivation issues. Finally, I introduce you to COACHD CLINIC and how Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy can help you take action and get super motivated.

Your mental health effects your motivation levels

We all lose our ‘get up and go’ at times, but it’s when my clients regularly find themselves in a rut and lacking motivation that I step in and help them achieve the success they deserve – it’s a success that’s available to everyone! When you are regularly putting off the tasks that you know you should be getting on with, you cause yourself extra stress and anxiety, de-motivate yourself for further tasks, damage your confidence and self-esteem, and are less likely to complete the tasks at all. If you do complete a task that you’ve procrastinated over there’s now a greater chance that you won’t perform it as well as if you hadn’t procrastinated beforehand. A lack of motivation happens for several reasons, including procrastination, a poor sense of purpose, and a lack of confidence that you will be able to complete tasks successfully. The good news is that all the reasons for lacking motivation are treatable. In fact, COACHD therapies can help you create powerful new pathways in your subconscious mind that will move you from a place of no action to a heightened state of motivation, forever.

The difference between action and motivation

Action and motivation are two distinct concepts that play a crucial role in our behaviour and psychology. While they are certainly interconnected, they refer to different aspects of human behaviour. Action refers to the physical act of doing something. It involves carrying out specific tasks, behaviours, or activities. Actions can be intentional or unintentional, conscious, or unconscious, and they are observable and measurable. For example, if someone goes for a jog, their physical movement constitutes the action of jogging. Motivation, on the other hand, refers to the internal or external factors that drive or initiate behaviour. Motivation is the reason why an individual engages in a particular action or behaviour. Motivation can be seen as the underlying force that encourages and directs behaviour towards specific goals or outcomes. Motivation can be influenced by various factors such as needs, desires, goals, values, incentives, or external pressures. Motivation provides the ‘why’ or the ‘purpose’ behind an action.
Which comes first, motivation or action?

This is important! - Which comes first, motivation or action?

Ask anyone what is needed for a person to take action and they will invariably tell you it is motivation, will, or desire that precedes action, and I have to say this would have been my response too. However, working with clients with motivation issues led me to question if this was in fact the case, or at least every case. In fact, I am now quite certain that it is action that precedes the feelings we attribute to being motivated. The dynamics of motivation can vary from person to person and situation to situation. I’ve found that motivation can arise before, during, or after someone takes action, depending on various factors. For some of my clients, the initial motivation or desire to do something may be the driving force that helps propel them into action. They may feel inspired, compelled or empowered to pursue a goal or task, and this motivation fuels their actions. However, there are many instances where someone may not initially feel motivated to take action at all. They may be experiencing looping thoughts that create extreme forms of hesitancy and procrastination, a deep lack of confidence, or other obstacles that deter them from moving forward. In this case, working with individuals to take action, even if it’s a very small step, can help them build momentum and generate a sense of accomplishment. It is this sense of accomplishment, however small the action, that leads to motivation, as they witness the benefits these small progressions or positive outcomes have on them. For this reason, I will often treat my clients using the ‘action comes before motivation’ approach to therapy. In this way I see them build a consistent, powerful desire to take action as a way of becoming motivated about something they need to do or achieve, which leads them to take more action and feel more motivated, and so on. When the mind’s belief is that taking action in the absence of motivation leads to good feelings, i.e., a sense of accomplishment, it is incredible what a person can achieve in life. For many people, waiting to feel motivated before taking action can be a lifelong battle, and I do mean lifelong. While there are many instances where action can precede motivation, the relationship between the two is not a simple one. Motivation and action can interact and influence each other in a cyclical manner. Sometimes motivation comes first, propelling action, and in other cases, action can stimulate motivation. The interplay between motivation and action is a dynamic process that can vary depending on the individual and the specific context. I am able to determine the best approach to working with a client with motivation issues during a FREE Consultation Call, which I offer to all my first-time customers.

Mastering the relationship between action and motivation

I help people master the relationship between action and motivation. To do this I use a combination of Rapid Transformational Therapy™ (RTT™), Hypnotherapy, and my powerful coaching method, COACHD Method Coaching™, to empower them with the knowledge and tools they need to become highly motivated and stay there. Here are some of the relationships I will typically work on with a client during our sessions: Action as a catalyst for motivation: Taking action, even if it’s a small step, can often serve as a catalyst for motivation. By helping someone with motivation issues engage in the activity or task at hand, they can experience a sense of progress, accomplishment, and enjoyment. This can lead to the feelings attached to motivation and encourage them to continue their efforts. Overcoming the ‘activation energy’: Sometimes, the hardest part is getting started. Many tasks or goals require a certain amount of effort, focus, or discipline to initiate. Once someone overcomes the initial hurdle and begins taking action, their motivation can increase exponentially. Starting the task creates a sense of momentum, making it easier to stay motivated and continue making progress. The power of positive reinforcement: Taking action and experiencing positive outcomes or rewards can reinforce motivation. When someone sees the positive results of their actions, it can further fuel their motivation to keep going. For example, completing a task successfully, receiving praise or recognition, or achieving a milestone can boost motivation and make someone more likely to persist in their efforts. Building a habit loop: Consistently taking action can lead to the development of habits. As behaviours become more ingrained, they require less conscious motivation to initiate. This is known as the habit loop, where a cue triggers the action, followed by a routine, and then a reward. Over time, the habit loop can create a self-sustaining cycle of action and motivation. One of the first actions I have a client with motivation issues undertake is to listen to a 20-minute motivation recording that I personally create for them. They listen to the recording during self-hypnosis at least once a day for 21 days. Since the mind learns through repetition, this powerful transformational recording helps the subconscious mind form new beliefs and reinforces new patterns of thought, habit, and behaviour. External factors and intrinsic motivation: While actions can stimulate motivation, it’s important for me to help my clients consider external factors and intrinsic motivation too. External factors, such as deadlines, rewards, or social pressure, can influence motivation levels. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation, which comes from internal factors like personal interest, enjoyment, or a sense of purpose, can play a significant role in sustaining motivation even without immediate external rewards.

Why do people lack motivation?

Here are some common reasons why someone may lack motivation:
  • Being afraid of failing at the tasks you know need completing and not feeling prepared or good enough to do them.
  • Perfectionism and a feeling that rather than risk making a mistake at something, it’s better not to do it at all.
  • Self-sabotage and placing barriers in your way as excuses to justify a potential failure.
  • A fear of judgement and receiving negative feedback.
  • A general lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
  • Simply disliking a task that needs to be done.
  • A lack of commitment, often because of having vague goals or a lack of strategy to move towards them.
  • Giving way to activities that favour short-term gain vs. those that require more commitment but that come with greater long-term value.
  • Feeling overwhelmed at the sheer size of the task or expectation of others involved.
  • Feeling too tired to motivate and get on with things.
  • Having a long to-do list plus the added pressures of travel, study, home-life commitments, and more.

Tell yourself a better story!

Many of the people I treat for motivation, procrastination, and goals issues, will tell me “I’m not the kind of person who can stick to anything; I always give up”, but that’s simply a bad story they are telling themselves. Using Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy, I help my clients change this belief forever, along with the damaging patterns of behaviour that a belief like this creates. If you are someone suffering from motivation issues, I can help you actively engage with your subconscious mind to give you the motivation and drive you need to get things done. To experience a significant change in your life, Hypnotherapy and hypnosis sessions can help rewire your mind to get you there fast. You will stop sabotaging yourself through procrastination, a lack of confidence, fear of judgment and other beliefs that affect your motivation. And you will no longer feel guilty or stressed because of not achieving your goals now that a lack of motivation is a thing of your past. You will feel the will and desire to take on any task with the confidence that you can accomplish what you set out to achieve, without the fear of failure or judgement.

Do the things that successful people do, and you will become successful too

There is a great saying that captures the relationship between action and motivation, it says ‘If you want something done, ask a busy man or woman.’ A busy person is far more likely to get things done than someone who procrastinates or is unmotivated. Taking action creates momentum and a mindset that is motivated to do more. By choosing to commit to something that is going to make you feel like a winner and move you towards your goals, you must also choose to do something every day that takes you closer to those goals, you must act. When you do the things that successful people do, you unknowingly become more and more like them. This is very true when it comes to the habit of action. Committing to tasks every day in service of your dreams makes you feel like a winner, and once you feel like a winner, you begin to act differently. You begin to take on the air of a successful person and believe that you are successful. This can influence how other people treat you, how you treat yourself, and what you attract into your life. COACHD Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy work with the subconscious mind, helping people deal with their past trauma and reset their negative thoughts and beliefs to positive, empowering new ones. My therapies can help boost your motivation by changing the beliefs that cause the thoughts and feelings that have led to your issue. Additional support is available to you through my COACHD Method Coaching™ service which empowers you with the tools, knowledge, and skills to develop in life, work, wealth, and relationships – and unstoppable motivation! Read more about COACHD Method Coaching™.
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How Hypnotherapy helps you get motivated and stay there

Hypnotherapy can help you get super motivated, but it’s important to work with an expert therapist like myself to guide you through the process and provide additional support as needed. In some cases, hypnotherapy should only be used as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan, such as Rapid Transformational Therapy™ (RTT™). As a specialist in Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy, I can help you access your subconscious mind and identify and address the root cause of the issues and conditions that are holding you back. I use specialised techniques, including regression, suggestions, visualisation, and personalised audio to help you install powerful, positive new beliefs and behaviours, and master your motivation. Some potential benefits of hypnotherapy for helping people with motivation issues are: Identifying and resolving limiting beliefs: Hypnotherapy can help uncover and address any deep-seated beliefs that may be holding you back. These beliefs could be related to self-worth, fear of failure, or negative self-talk. By accessing the subconscious mind during hypnosis, I help you reframe damaging beliefs and replace them with powerful new ones that empower your thoughts and feelings in a positive way. Setting clear goals: Through hypnosis, I guide you to set clear, achievable goals. This process can enhance your motivation by creating a clear picture of what you want to achieve and reinforcing your desire to work towards it. Improving self-confidence: Hypnotherapy can help boost self-confidence and self-esteem, which are essential for maintaining motivation. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can help reprogram negative self-perceptions and build a strong belief in your abilities, allowing you to approach tasks and challenges with increased motivation. Overcoming procrastination: Procrastination often stems from subconscious resistance, avoidance, or fear. Hypnotherapy can help uncover the underlying causes of procrastination and address these causes at the subconscious level. By resolving the underlying issues, hypnotherapy can help you develop a proactive mindset and increase your motivation to take action. Creating positive habits and behaviours: Hypnotherapy can help you establish positive habits and behaviours that support motivation. With the use of suggestions and visualisation during hypnosis, I can help reinforce positive patterns of thought and behaviour, making it easier for you to stay motivated and focused on your goals. Hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for increasing motivation. By identifying negative self-talk, rewriting negative scripts, goal setting, self-reflection, and visualising, you can create a stronger and more supportive inner voice that empowers you to achieve your goals and live your best life. For more information on creating a powerful inner voice, read my article How to be Your Own Cheerleader.

About Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy

RTT™ is a complete solution-based treatment, offering fast effective results by combining the most effective principles of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP, CBT, and Neuroscience. Click this link to watch my short video on Rapid Transformational Therapy™ (RTT™). RTT™ helps people get to the root cause of their emotional, physical, or cognitive issues. When treating clients for issues, I believe it is crucial to help them change their way of thinking, and any unhelpful beliefs and behaviour, in order for them to increase their chances of success and achieve lasting change. COACHD hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind, helping people deal with their past trauma and transforming any negative thoughts and beliefs into positive, empowering new ones. Using Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy, my clients can transform their issues, allowing them to live the life they deserve. I believe my therapy is the most powerful and effective treatment available for people suffering from many of the issues and conditions that hold them back in their lives. Read more about Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™).

Take action and contact me now to help you become a motivation machine!

As a skilled therapist, I can help you master your mind to put an end to your issues so that you can live the life you desire without the time, frustration, and cost of spending years on a therapist’s couch. Contact me today for dramatic life-changing results that will empower you to wellness, often in as little as 1 to 3 sessions. And I offer an unprecedented 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE on your treatment!
Joel Dickinson

Joel Dickinson



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