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How can you help a client who is feeling unmotivated?

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

How often do you hear ‘I just wish I could get motivated!’?

It’s a common challenge everyone struggles with.

Motivation is linked to how important the behaviour is to us, and to increase motivation we need to support the client to increase how important and personally relevant the behaviour is to them. Here are some simple tips:

Things you can ask them

  1. Rate how important the behaviour is, where 10 is extremely important and 0 is not important at all. Low numbers can mean there’s a lot of ‘I should…’ vs ‘I want to’

  2. How does the behaviour give them more of something they value?

  3. How can the behaviour help them live their healthiest, happiest life?

  4. How can the behaviour make them feel good?

  5. How does the behaviour fit with how they see themselves?

Clients will take action when they can connect the behaviour to a positive future, feeling good and an ideal vision of themselves.

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