If you've felt your motivation dwindle over the course of the pandemic (or really any time), this science can help us figure out why and what to do about it.
As humans, we have some basic needs. You know this. If I asked you what our physical human needs are, you'd probably say things like food, water, sleep, movement, etc. We need those needs to be met before we can thrive.
Turns out, we also have some psychological needs that need to be met in order for us to thrive:
When these 3 basic psychological needs are met, our natural motivation flows. We are happier, healthier, more engaged, and perform better.
In 2020 in particular, we all lost a large sense of control over our lives - literal restrictions on what we can/can't do are only the start of it. We also feel loss of control when things are just UNKNOWN or constantly changing.
Most of us have also lost our sense of growth. Maybe you're an athlete who hasn't been able to practice, get coaching, or compete. Maybe you're a leader who hasn't been able to work in-person with your people.
And, we've all lost some sense of relatedness as we were limited to whom we can see, where, how long, etc.
This is the science we can use to our advantage. We can use it as a lens through which to view our lives, a new way to tune-in and increase our motivation more effectively.
When you feel a lack of motivation, come back to autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Which bucket is empty or draining? How can you fill it back up?
If you're a leader and want to know more about how to help your people through these 3 BPN, check out my motivation mini-course in digital courses.