11 Tips for Encouraging Motivation to Change

  • Do I listen more than I talk? Or am I talking more than I am listening?
  • Do I keep myself sensitive and open to a person’s issues, whatever they may be? Or am I talking about what I think the problem is?
  • Do I invite a person to talk about and explore their own feelings for change? Or am I jumping to conclusions and possible solutions?
  • Do I encourage a person to talk about their reasons for not changing? Or am I forcing them to talk only about change?
  • Do I ask permission to give my feedback? Or am I presuming that my ideas are what they want to hear?
  • Do I reassure a person that ambivalence to change is normal? Or am I telling them to take action and push ahead for a solution?
  • Do I help a person identify successes and challenges from their past and relate them to present change effects? Or am I encouraging them to ignore or get stuck on old stories?
  • Do I seek to understand a person? Or am I spending a lot of time trying to convince them to understand me and my ideas?
  • Do I summarise for a person what I am hearing? Or am I just summarising what I think?
  • Do I value a person’s opinion more than my own? Or am I giving more value to my viewpoint?
  • Do I remind myself that a person is capable of making their own choices? Or am I assuming that they are not capable of making good choices?

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