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What REALLY motivates you?

Motivation lies at the heart of every decision we make and every success we achieve. We are all unique: it’s not our personality or knowledge and skills that drives us, it’s our motivation.

Whatever age you are, whether you are at school, college, work, going through major life changes or heading for retirement, understanding what motivates you enables you, and those supporting you to identify what is important to you.

There are 9 things that we need to drive us - Look below to see what they are.  Their strength and importance to each of us has a great impact on our lives. Think about which of these motivational drivers you relate to most strongly. (It is likely that the images that draw you will be the motivators you relate to.)

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Security & Stability

Do you enjoy security, stability, safety and  predictability and dislike change and surprises?

The Friend

Strong relationships

Do you like to belong, to be sociable and well liked? Do you seek friendship and fulfilling do relationships.

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Do you like to be recognised for your achievements and enjoy having respect and social esteem?


Being in charge

Do you like having power, influence, control of people and/or resources. Do you have a clearly defined career path?

The Builder


Do you enjoy money and material satisfaction?  Do you like having targets?  Are you competitive?


Learning and Development

Do you love learning, enjoy acquiring knowledge and being a specialist?   Do you seek mastery?

The Creator

Problem solving & innovation

Do you seek innovation, identify with new things and enjoy expressing creative potential. You like solving problems.

The Spirit

 Freedom and Independence

Do you seek freedom and independence, and dislike being micro-managed? Do you want to set your own priorities?

The Searcher

                                              making a difference

Do you seek meaning and need to be making a difference? Do you enjoy helping others ?

There are two different types of motivation - intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.  If we know what we need for our intrinsic motivation we can then use the right extrinsic motivators to support and increase our energy and engagement.

People are not driven by what they do, they are driven by why they do what they do.

Whether you are looking for a new job, planning your retirement, struggling with your mental health,  recovering from or learning to live with, a life-changing illness understanding what motivates you can help you on your forward journey.

Motivation Is Key To The High Performance Of Individuals & Teams

High performance is the result of everyone having:

  1. Clear objectives
  2. The correct level of skills for the role
  3. A high level of motivation

Managers can ensure teams have SMART objectives and can recruit staff with the correct skills for the role. However, is not so easy to work out what motivates individuals to come to work. If someone has poor levels of motivation this affects their own health and happiness as well as their performance at work. It also directly impacts on the team’s performance, affecting its ability to provide a high-quality service.

We work with managers and their teams, mapping individuals, providing 1-1 support and delivering training to improve individuals understanding of their own motivators, their colleagues and their clients or customers, improving relationships, performance and wellbeing.

Poor motivation can lead to high staff turnover and high absence rates. These increase pressure on other staff, increase recruitment costs and impact directly on a team’s ability to meet its objectives and remain within department budgets.

Until now, it has been very difficult to measure motivation and to know exactly what motivates individuals, and while some people know what motivates them, others are not so aware of their drivers.

Motivational Map® reports provide a unique system to enable people, teams and organisations to understand, measure and maximise their motivations and performance.

The Mapping tool is not a personality test or a psychometric profiling tool. It is a self-perception inventory, which gives an insight into the core motivation of a person and “what makes them tick”. Unlike personality, people’s motivations change so mapping should be repeated on a regular basis. They add another key dimension to the appraisal or performance review process.

Maps provide a motivation and management diagnostic that enables organisations to understand, motivate and lead their employees more effectively, the bottom line being that these diagnostics have a dual effect: the individuals completing them become more self-aware, happier and more productive, while leaders understand what needs to be done to boost performance and thereby increase positive outcomes.

Maps are a key tool for personal development, enabling people to understand what they need from work to realise their full potential. Understanding the different motivators and how they impact on people’s ways of working can help managers resolve conflict within teams, reducing stress points and increasing individual’s health and well-being at work.

Contact us to find out how Motivational Maps can help you improve your team’s performance

Motivational Maps® report enables organisations to see which of these nine drivers are being met and provides strategies for maintaining and improving employee motivation.

Click here to find out more about Motivational Maps®

Do you want to find out what motivates YOU?

Receive your own 14-page Motivational Map® report to discover not only what motivates you but also if those motivators are being met.

Your session with Sarah will provide you with deep insight and knowledge and actions you can take to support your motivation, engagement and mental health.