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Understanding motivation gives us power to accept our behaviour when we have strange reactions. It can also enable us to change what we think and do if we want to improve our behaviour or performance. So when going for a job it is critical to understand your motivations. What do you really want and expect from it?
What do others expect of you? Our behaviour is directly affected by our needs. If you are clear about answers you will be happiest.
THEORIES OF MOTIVATION:
There are three main theories of motivation: 1. Desire for achievement 2. Desire for power 3. Desire for affiliation or sense of belonging.
These theories are linked to concept of extrinsic and intrinsic rewards. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside, for example, prospect of fame, recognition, monetary rewards, gaining power, respect or social approval/belonging (=sense of affiliation). With intrinsic rewards, task or situation is in itself motivating or compelling. Motivation is often defined in terms of our goals. Marie says that contributing to society by daring to be different is what motivates me-strange! I think that I get bored easily without a challenge. Enough about "little old me"!
There are six main steps or elements in process of motivation. 1. Desire: First, to be motivated you must have an intense burning desire to get where or what you want.
2. Decision: You must make a conscious decision on what to aim for.
3. Determination: to climb mountains so that absolutely nothing will stop you. You need to be able to repeat habits which are necessary to get there.
4. Discipline: It is critical to pay price whether you like it or not. Motivation is strongest when it is internalisation of your goals and dreams, in other words, when you are headed on a clear path in your life's direction.
Certain people have constant challenge to reach and sustain an optimum level of motivation which overcomes problems and brings results. If there is no challenge in what you are doing, motivation will soon wither and die.
Always remember: The buck starts -and stops- with you.
Self knowledge is key to self-motivation: - why do we behave as we do? - what makes us tick?
Also critical for motivation is image or snapshot you have of yourself. This is based on your inner belief in yourself as well as your attitude and views of your strengths and weaknesses. If you believe in yourself and expect success, you will act confidently and be highly motivated.
Key Points of this lesson:
* We must define success for ourselves.
* Be aware of our own strengths and weaknesses.
* Your personal solutions lie within you.
* To sustain motivation, do better than in past.
* Motivation often comes from a challenge.
* It is necessary at times to make a positive out of a negative.
* The most important thing for an achievement-orientated person is to have a clear goal.
What comes first? The chicken or egg? Motivation or action? The answer surprisingly is Action. First, we have to prime pump and way is through action. People who tend to procrastinate confuse motivation and action.
SO WHY NOT GET STARTED ON THAT NEXT ARTICLE OR EVEN BOOK? WHAT'S STOPPING YOU?
Craig Lock has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Craig's various books are available at: http://www.novelty-gift.com/ or http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/books.html His Online Creative Writing Course can be found at http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/creative.html