Motivation is important at any stage in life. It means you are using one or more of your strengths, and you are probably doing something that is important to you. Whatever it is, it matches one or more of your values and is meaningful.
What happens in life though when things are not going well? Perhaps a family member is ill, you haven't been able to find work, there has been a robbery, or you have recently gone through a natural disaster. With all the wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes due to weather changes, and wars going on, life can be very challenging. It can even lead to Post-Traumatic Stress. During times like these, it is difficult to feel motivated.
Definitely, the process of recovering from trauma is an important one and needs to be recognized and worked through to regain physical and emotional health. However, did you ever hear the term Post-Traumatic Growth?
The idea behind this term identifies with the saying that what doesn't kill you can make you stronger. Now, I know it is possible to think something bad or traumatic in life will ruin your life. But, it does not have to be that way. For sure, life may be different from that point on. However, it can be different in positive ways.
So, what actually does Post-Traumatic Growth mean?
This is where you mindset becomes important. To understand what mindset is, picture a continuum from Fixed at one end to Growth at the other end.
When your mindset is fixed, you believe your abilities are set early in life; they cannot change much over time. This means whatever effort you might put into improving is likely to not be helpful. However, when your mindset is Growth, you believe you can change your basic qualities through effort and experiences like learning or practicing something. You believe and see possibilities for improvement.
What else do we know about having a growth mindset?
A growth mindset will move you to further success. Deep down inside, you believe positive things will happen because of your effort. You have hope and make choices to work harder instead of holding back and feeling hopeless.
What do you need to do to be motivated when you are facing a tough situation?
With each event or situation you find yourself in:
- Reinterpret some aspect of it in a positive way.
- Discover ways to be specific about it.
- Accept what you cannot control or change.
- Focus on solutions and where your effort and attention need to be.
- Find ways to use one or more of your top strengths.
- Recognize your effort.
- Be open to what you can learn.
- Appreciate your growth.
- Feel competent.
Having a growth mindset is necessary for motivation because when you believe there is a positive payoff for your effort, you are inspired to work harder. The end result is that you will continue to grow and develop as a person and enhance your intimate relationships.
To be more motivated, choose to have a growth mindset. The bottom line is you are helping your personal development and your health. Where do you see a growth mindset working in your life?
Until next time,