Personalmotivation is just not quite as easy as it sounds. This is an aspectthat touches across all individuals as it the component thatdetermines their drive. Motivation is what determines how much aperson can do. In the overall improvement of life and attaining ofgoals and objects, motivation is the driving force (Locke &Latham, 2013). It is also concerned with the emotional well-being ofa person that will push him/her to attain their goals.Self-motivation or Personal motivation is a very important factor inany developmental aspect of life. This is because it handles, thepersonal drive that inspires the need to achieve. The need and desireto attain or improve curtain life standards (Dembo, 2013).
Motivationalso reinforces the commitment needed in attain the set goals andobjectives. This gives initiative and purpose to act onopportunities. Hence enabling a person to be ready and yearning tonotice and capture the opportunities presented beforehand. Motivationalso gives the person an optimistic view of things. It is bymotivation that a person is able to continue in the face of set backand failures (Blackburn, 2013).
Peoplewho are self-motivated have a great advantage over the others who arenot. In this, it is because they are able to do more and performbetter. They are also highly organized as they utilize theirresources appropriately and in an orderly manner. Time management iscritical and if highly self-motivated one will avoid any instance oftime wastage. Since, every minute is utilized in the achievements ofthe goals and objectives planned for.
Continually,in the topic of motivation for one to be self-motivated they ought toknow what motivates them. For example is it intrinsic motivation orextrinsic motivation. Intrinsic meaning does the motivation come fromwithin (Levack, 2014). This is when a person does something theylove. They do it as much as necessary and use all the amount of timeon it simply because they love it. Additionally, extrinsic motivationis where the motivation factor comes from outside. In this, one canperform an action in order to be rewarded in doing it. In knowingwhat motivates you then, it will be easier to work on what isrequired. As the motivational factor can be presented for one to bemore productive (Blackburn, 2013).
However,there are various challenges in dealing with self-motivation. Inlife, there are many areas in which an individual would want tosucceed in. In addition, all this areas i.e. relationships, business,health, etc. A high level of motivation is required (Locke &Latham, 2013). Hence, motivational problems would greatly hinder aperson’s development and attain meant of their life goals andobjectives. A less motivated person will waste time and resourcesthat would cause great delay in his attain meant of his objectives oreven his personal development.
Someof the issues that may hamper a person’s motivation include:
Lowself-confidence, this is bad as it makes a person not to believe inthemselves and thus not being at all productive. Confidence builds aperson into believing that they can attain their goals. It also helpsto keep them motivated in performing tasks, persevere, and completethem (Blackburn, 2013). When someone is not confident in himself, hefeels unworthy to make any decision. This makes then not to beassertive or productive in any task they perform. Hence, contributinggreatly to failure in achieving his set objectives. In addition, theindividual will procrastinate greatly and blame the issue for theirfailure and not themselves (Serna, 2014).
Lowexpectations too can be a great cause of lack in motivation. Highexpectations of success are what enable an individual to be confidentenough to take the challenges of high complex assignments. However,if an individual has a low expectation of success they will not doanything to help the increase their performance. They will also notbe concerned to provide or equip themselves with the tools necessaryfor success (Blackburn, 2013).
Inline with low expectations is low interest in the subject. If anindividual sets goals that, he has no interest in achieving then hewill not put any effort to achieve them. Interest is what sparksaction, and what leads to motivation. Interest is what brings aboutthe curiosity of performing a task greatly (Locke & Latham,2013).
Tocope with these challenges several theories of personal motivationhave been made and developed. These theories hope to increase aperson’s motivation and help them achieve their personal goals andobjectives (Serna, 2014). The theories also help in the utilizationof time and resources effectively in order for maximum satisfactionand to be in line with the personal goal and objectives. One of thesetheories is the “goal setting theory of motivation.”
Thistheory suggests that for appropriate motivation goals are necessary.In this, goals are directly linked with performance. Hence, settingof simple and challenging goals along with appropriate feedback willhelp build the motivation needed to perform them in a higher andbetter quality. Thus, for an individual to know how much effort andwhat is to be done they require to have goals to act as road maps(Blackburn, 2013).
Thegoal setting theory clearly out line some key principals in settingmotivating goals. The one that were top on the list were settingchallenging and specific goals as these greatly contributed to betterand high-quality performance. In addition, noting that the attainmentof a goal is not as important as what the achievement of that goaldoes to a person. As this will bring about the satisfaction that willmotivate a person to make even goals that are more challenging him toget greater satisfaction when they have achieved them (Dembo, 2013).
Thetheory also emphasizes on setting clear goals. Clear goals mean thatthe objective is clear (Serna, 2014). One knows what is to beachieved hence clearly knows what is to be also done. Additionallythe results of the actions can be measured accurately and thebehaviors to be rewarded can be known easily. However when the goalis vague, or it is expressed as a generalization its results are noteasy to measure, and it is not as motivating either (Levack, 2014).
Toincrease the motivation, the theory emphasizes on setting challenginggoals. This is because people are often highly motivated bychallenging objectives that are not very easily attained (Locke &Latham, 2013). As the easily attainable goals are not verymotivating. However, the goal should not be too challenging that itcannot be attained.
Inthe move to the direction of the goals appropriate feedback should beestablished. Milestones should be put in place in order to show thatyou are moving in the direction of the goals set. If not then therewill be no true measure of progress. The milestones are necessary toshow how close the goal is and to motivate even further that the goalwill be achieved hence continue applying effort (Blackburn, 2013).
Itis important to consider how complex or to challenge the goal is.Sometimes the goals can be too overwhelming and, therefore, be aproblem to comprehend (Locke & Latham, 2013). If the goal is toocomplex, revaluate and break it down to smaller bits if necessary forit to be clear and easily attainable. This will help individuals notto push themselves too hard when in highly demanding or complex goals(Levack, 2014).
Thegoal theory also assumes that the individuals will not abandon thegoals. In this, they will develop goal commitment. This is becausethey will be the one making the goals, rather than what they ought todo regardless of their interest. Continually the individuals willdevelop self-efficiency. This is the improved confidence that theycan attain the goals they have set. This as outlined earlier it isthe driving force of how much the individual will be willing to do.As his self-confidence is of great importance in how much effort, hewill put or even abandon the goal completely (Dembo, 2013).
Idesire to have is living a good life. A life that I will have a bighouse and good cars. I want to be also financially independent, inwhich the things that I will have should be gotten out of a loan bywhich I will have to pay back. They will be out of my hard work thatI will be living and spending out of my own means and not supported.This dream I hope propagate it as soon as I leave collage and starton my career as by then I will have the appropriate equipment’si.e. a job to start building on my financial life. At this stage atwhich am learning and acquiring knowledge, I consider it to be veryimportant as since the seeking of knowledge is the beginning ofcreating a good and successful life.
However,sometimes I do face some few motivational challenges. Challenges likea fear of failure. This has greatly affected me to the point of notengaging in activities that I know I can fail. Although sometimesalso I do know that, I can succeed in them too. This has resulted inme to have low self-confidence and low expectation in which am nothighly motivated to try out new things because they are not expectedto go so far.
Althoughthere is light on my journey as the goal, the theory can greatlycontribute its insights to my life. As for one it outlines that it isbetter to have a goal well mine is to have a good and successfullife. The theory suggests that a goal that is motivating enough willlead in the right input in the effort that will increase performance.Hence, the goal of having a good future is compelling for anyone tostruggle and hustle a bit for the future to be nice.
Continually,in solving of my motivational challenges the theory will also be ofgreat help. For example, as the theory suggests that by settingmilestone to guide you to your goal then one can be able overcome thefear of failure. As they will be constantly challenged in, achievingwhat they have set in their smaller goals or milestones in regards ofthe major goal. In this one of the great ways of having milestones isto have a checklist of items by which I would like to have (Dembo,2013). For example house, car, good job, people I want to meet thatwill greatly help in furthering my objectives, etc. Therefore, everyday when I look at that checklist I will be reminded of my goal andthe things that I want to have will motivate me to get there. Inaddition, checking the list will also give me good satisfaction toattain more things that I want. Every time I cross the list ofsomething major, I will celebrate for me to keep my self-motivatedand reward myself for the accomplishment.
Inthis, it is evident that as long, the goals are specific andchallenging enough as well as achievable then the mind will go towork to attain them. As the mind works better, when it is workingtowards something. In addition, the constant challenge of the goalswill keep the mind to perform its best. Hence, in studying the goaltheory, one can get a lot in terms of what and how to do things(Dembo, 2013).
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