Some people come into recovery with a ton of motivation. They can’t wait to get started on a new way of life. Over time, their motivation may begin to wane. They start feeling better and they stop taking action in their recovery. Other clients are unmotivated from the get go. They must be encouraged and coached from the very start. Whatever the case, here are 5 ways to motivate your child to take action in their recovery:
5 Ways to Motivate Your Client to Take Action: Come up with reasons to change
Sit down with your client and come up with a list of reasons they want to change their behavior and their life. Talk about past behaviors and find out, from them, exactly why they want recovery and a new life. Write it all down and identify problem and risk areas for your client. Provide clear feedback on your client’s current situation and its possible consequences or risks.
5 Ways to Motivate Your Client to Take Action: Set goals
One of the best ways to motivate your client to take action is to help them set realistic, achievable goals and lay out the steps they need to take to reach those goals. For example, if your client is looking for a job, lay out the steps he or she needs to take to achieve that such as creating a resume, filling out applications, or talking to an employment recruiter. Breaking everything down into small steps can be a great way to motivate your client to take action.
5 Ways to Motivate Your Client to Take Action: Set time limits
Once you have laid out the steps that your client needs to take to achieve a goal, give them a deadline. Work with them to give them a realistic date on which to have each step finished. Check up on their progress along the way. Working to a deadline can be a great way to motivate your client to take action.
5 Ways to Motivate Your Client to Take Action: Celebrate successes
When your client finishes a task, give them a lot of encouragement and praise. For big mile stones, have a little celebration. Positive reinforcement can inspire your client to continue to take action in their recovery and their life. People are motivated by-and prefer to be motivated by-positive emotions like excitement, pride, a sense of belonging, and the thrill of achievement.
5 Ways to Motivate Your Client to Take Action: Share in the responsibility
You cannot take the action for your client. They must be willing to do the work in order to get their life back on track. However, you can help when they are feeling overwhelmed by a certain task. Offer to help them do difficult tasks or provide resources that can help them get started. Create an atmosphere that is conducive to change by being positive and proactive. Offer to help where you can instead of waiting to be asked for help.