The Relationship Between Motivation And Stress

Motivation And Stress

If you’re interested in the relationship between motivation and stress, you should check out this blog post by Daniel Wood.

His key points in managing the inevitable dynamic tension between motivation and stress (not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, stress from motivation up to a point is actually a driving force in living a meaningful and happy life) were clarity, writing projects down, knowing everything that needs to be done, know what you are working on, identifying next actions and knowing you aren’t missing something.

These key points address what I consider to be a primary cause of unnecessary and unproductive stress – uncertainty.

I wish I had it to hand as I write this blog post but in the research for my next book, I came across a finding that people experience worse health outcomes from the stress that they might lose their job than what they experience from actually losing their jobs. Wow. Sometimes our brains are not our friends. That stems from uncertainty.

In the face of uncertainty, many people lean on beliefs that carve off the world into a much smaller and manageable and certain chunk. This drives a lot of prejudices and restricts a lot of people’s personal and professional development.

So, I’d have to say that I agree with Daniel’s views for the most part. Anything you can do as a leader to positively and realistically manage the uncertainty in their lives and work will positively impact their motivation. My main proviso would be the word “realistically.” Perfectionism (“knowing you aren’t missing something”) rarely ends well for most people. Finding you have missed something after you knew you weren’t missing anything is a self-blame spiral start-line you should plan to prevent. Stress management is about knowing you haven’t missed anything critical or important, not that you haven’t missed anything. That way lies missed sleep and a little bit more madness than you deserve.

About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on April 30, 2012, in Behaviour, Employee Engagement, Motivating Employees, Motivation and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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