Motivation is a process in the brain that is connected to perceived rewards. When you perceive something as good and you want it, then you will do things to obtain it. It’s often thought that motivation can only be created by you for you. While true, it is also possible to help others find their own motivation.
How does motivation happen in the brain?
Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter your brain creates. When present it helps us strive, focus, and find things interesting. Dopamine results in a feeling of being motivated. Interactions with others or the thoughts you have can produce dopamine. As leaders, you can cause this to happen in the brains of others, creating conditions that cause them to be motivated.
You can help someone find the motivation they need if:
- They want to.
- They know how and can explore how.
- They believe they can.
- They have support.
Walk someone through the process of checking off these 4 components, and you are likely to help them find motivation and a better future.