Written by Craig Lock

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Understanding motivation gives usrepparttar 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 aboutrepparttar 124107 answers you will be happiest.


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 torepparttar 124108 concept of extrinsic and intrinsic rewards. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside, for example,repparttar 124109 prospect of fame, recognition, monetary rewards, gaining power, respect or social approval/belonging (=sense of affiliation). With intrinsic rewards,repparttar 124110 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 inrepparttar 124111 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 repeatrepparttar 124112 habits which are necessary to get there.

4. Discipline: It is critical to payrepparttar 124113 price whether you like it or not. Motivation is strongest when it isrepparttar 124114 internalisation of your goals and dreams, in other words, when you are headed on a clear path in your life's direction.

5. Focus

6. Direction

Certain people haverepparttar 124115 constant challenge to reach and sustain an optimum level of motivation which overcomes problems and bringsresults. 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 isrepparttar 124116 key to self-motivation: - why do we behave as we do? - what makes us tick?

Also critical for motivation isrepparttar 124117 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 inrepparttar 124118 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 orrepparttar 124119 egg? Motivation or action? The answer surprisingly is Action. First, we have to primerepparttar 124120 pump andrepparttar 124121 way is through action. People who tend to procrastinate confuse motivation and action.


Craig Lock has written extensively on the subject of time management, as well as in the field of self help. This extract is from his first published book HANDBOOK TO SURVIVE. or e-mail:

The Principles of Success

Written by Craig Lock

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One thing is for sure: ADVESITY BREEDS CHARACTER and success breeds SUCCESS, as it gathers a momentum of its own and you get on a "winning streak", when everything seems to fit into place.No matterrepparttar field of endeavour, it's a matter of great PERSISTENCE that moves you towards ultimate success. So, "Keep on keeping on".

I like all ofrepparttar 124106 following quotations. They all stand for what success means to me personally. So I'll share them with you...

"Success isrepparttar 124107 continuous journey towardsrepparttar 124108 achieve- ment of predetermined worthwhile goals." - Tom Hopkins, American motivator

"To live your life in your own way To reachrepparttar 124109 goals you've set for yourself To berepparttar 124110 person you want to be - That is success." - author anon.

"There is one only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way" - Christopher Morley Most of all, I believe success is a matter of PERSONAL GROWTH. If every day you are developing or growing just a millimeter (or acquiring a "teeny weeny" bit of knowl- edge for improving yourself that you didn't have before), I believe one is successful. So dwarfs can be very success- ful people too. Sorry about that "un PC" comment, dwarfs!

Just being a slightly better person each day for me is suc- cess. I've got a very long way to go then!

Finally , always remember... success is a PROCESS and is not simply a matter of arriving at a destination. Suc- cess is what you BECOME inrepparttar 124111 often very difficult and hazardous journey downrepparttar 124112 river (or in my case, nego- tiatingrepparttar 124113 "raging rapids"*) of life.

*Note alliteration

"I am not just a human being... I am a human just becoming ." - My great friend and "wise" intellectual philosopher, Dr Andy Eastcott (thanks for fixing my teeth and forrepparttar 124114 most interesting , "mate")

The beauty ofrepparttar 124115 soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.

-- Aristotle

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

-- Charles Du Bos

Craig Lock has written extensively on the subject of suc- cess, sport psychology and personal growth. Craig's books are avail- able at:

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