Motivation Enhancement

Adolescence is a crucial stage of one's life and involves many changes in the physical, intellectual and social aspects. One's motivation plays an important role in this stage by helping the adolescents to create a positive environment around them, perform better at school, and maintain healthy relationships with friends and family. Sometimes, an adolescent's level of motivation can deteriorate as a result of some important factors, like:
 
  • Decreased academic performance
  • Fear of failure
  • Anxiety 
  • Family Issues
  • Peer pressure in school
  • Poor nutrition or sleep habits
  • Undiagnosed vision or hearing issues
 
Developing a strong understanding of what motivates the adolescent is essential. Parents can help their adolescent to maintain an adequate level of motivation, but understanding what motivates them, and maintaining the presence of such motivators in the adolescent's schedule, to ensure stability in their performance. Parents may motivate their adolescents by:
 
  1. Showing empathy 
  2. Appreciating
  3. Leading by example
  4. Recognizing the adolescent's effort
  5. Giving respect
  6. Listening to them patiently
  7. Keeping an open, positive and respectful relationship with the adolescents
  8. Empowering them to choose the level of challenge
  9. Acknowledging and remarking on the successes of the adolescent's progress
 
Motivating adolescents is an important task, as it may help them meet and even exceed their own goals. Motivation enhancement also leads towards having better academic performance and enhancing the ability to pay attention for a longer time. 
 
"When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren't the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation" -- Arsene Wenger