Have you lost Motivation?
Have you lost motivation? It seems to get lost and found in quick secession. Maybe it just gets lost quickly and seems to take what feels like a lifetime to find again.
Whatever the case may be, you may or may not be surprised to find that your motivation is closely linked to the goals you have.
There are two main types of goals, extrinsic and intrinsic.
Is related to the content such as wealth, image and fame, it also tends to be associated with poor mental health [I bet you can guess why]. It’s aimed at external indicators of worth. Often lending itself to excessive social comparisons and unstable self-esteem. They are less satisfying to your psychological needs.
Is related to content such as relationships, growth, community and health. It’s associated with a more positive effect on your mental well-being because it promotes your natural growth.
If we are talking what’s more satisfying [at the end of the day that’s what keeps you motivated right!?] then intrinsic goals are the ones to concentrate on, and there are lots of studies to back this up – intrinsic goal content and autonomous motivation are linked positively.
If we are talking about a learning environment, then framing your learning to represent intrinsic goals will lead to significantly better learning and performance. Intrinsic goals are more supportive when you encounter them in an autonomy-supportive climate
In other words, you will FEEL more motivated to learn when it is important for your own intrinsic goal [better than chasing someone else’s idea].
Goals are the basis to motivation.
If you want to replace your lost motivation, make sure you have crystal clear goals.
How clear your goals are will influence whether you engage with an activity as well as how much effort you actually invest and therefore how much you persist at it.
Even if you have to complete a task that is utterly yawn worthy, setting yourself some goals that counteract that boredom will provide a sense of challenge and purpose on the path to completion.
Your will also create feelings of pride, satisfaction and competence that cannot be experienced simply by completing assignments or tasks.
The student in you
So if we talk about motivation in a study sense, because lets face it, motivation seems to disappear right when you need to concentrate on an assignment!
There are two main categories of motivations; a motive to succeed and a motive to avoid failure.
You can be a mix of both, but most people will fall into more of one.
Motives can then be broken down further into
Our motivation is not just set by ticking a box. It’s also affected by our internal factors. Perceptions and beliefs play a major part in how much we demonstrate our motivated behaviours. So you may not really know what your motives for your motivation is until you take note of your behaviour when put to the test.
If you want to truely understand your own motivations, you need to evaluate your behaviour in 3 key areas; choice of behaviour, level of activity and involvement and persistence and management of effort.
And what is the foundational starting point to all of this? Understanding your values.
The values in your life are the key factors in behaviour and motivation. Understand your values, set your goals and enhance your performance.
Find out how to understand your values and set the perfect goals..