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Motivation is an area of psychology that has received more attention in recent years. There are different theories around motivation and online coaching practitioners may use one or a combination of these.

  • Humanistic theory states that we are all driven to achieve our potential but obstacles can sometimes get in the way
  • Instinct Theory claims that we are biologically driven to act in certain ways to promote survival
  • Psychoanalytic Theory holds that our drives are buried in our unconscious minds and everything we do can be traced back to our desire to survive or prevent our demise
  • Attribution Theory is based on the idea that learners are strongly motivated by the pleasant outcome of feeling good about themselves
  • Social Constructivist Theory suggests that every person is motivated by their unique interpretations of a situation, all of which have been heavily influenced by that individual’s social and cultural experiences.

These are just some examples of ideas that coaches, counsellors might draw on when assisting you with motivation. Getting back in touch with what drives or inspires you can be a thrilling experience. Coaches can be instrumental in helping people recover their motivation to increased work performance, re-engage with their families and friends and feel better about themselves. Sports psychology has long been a field where coaches have applied motivational techniques to improve performance. Now motivational coaching is in the mainstream and available online, it is easier to get help.

This information is only general and is not a substitute for a professional consultation.

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