Motivation Part IV

Have you ever felt like you were capable of more than what you are currently achieving? Do you have goals and dreams that you haven't gotten around to accomplishing yet? What does it take to really get going in life and start fulfilling your potential? In the fourth and final part of our series on motivation, we'll be covering self-motivation and unlocking your potential. Understanding and developing your self-motivation is the first step in improving your life.

The key is to develop a strong level of personal motivation. The purpose is to share specific strategies and self-motivation techniques to help you make positive changes in your life, increase your inner drive, and help you to unlock your full potential. It's really about becoming the person you have the potential to be.

Another part of developing your self-motivation is changing the habits in your daily routine to create automatic behaviors that will enhance your potential for success. Overcoming procrastination is a critical step in developing momentum and finding long-term success. Learn to overcome the fear of failure and of success and to take action promptly.Most people have some issues with low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence, but through sustained effort and focus, these issues can be dealt with and overcome.

Obviously, if you can get a person to change their perception of the value of a particular outcome or change their estimated likelihood of achieving an outcome, you would change their estimated utilities or expected net outcomes.

If for example, a person began to see more value in a promotion than they previously did, the attractiveness of that outcome (and therefore the motivational "pull" of that outcome) would increase. Perhaps the supervisor could point out some things about getting a promotion that the person had not considered. Likewise, if the supervisor could get the person to modify their expectation of receiving a promotion, they would change the person's level of motivation toward that outcome. Perhaps the person does not consider the likelihood of getting a promotion very high. If the supervisor can (honestly) convince the person that his/her chances are better than they think, the motivational pull will increase.

McClelland developed the theory that humans are motivated by three major needs (later expanded to four):

  1. Need for Achievement: desire to accomplish something worthwhile, need to set and achieve difficult but realistic goals.
  2. Need for Power: desire for authority
  3. Need for Affiliation: feeling part of a group, being accepted by others.
  4. Need to Avoid Failure

You can see various parallels between McClelland's theory on major needs and Maslow's Classic Hierarchy of Motivational Needs. We all have a basic instinct to want to achieve and become a better version of our current selves. What seperates the successful and truly happy from the rest of the earth's population is that they chose to follow that instinct to the fullest instead of ignoring and silencing it.

I would like to be able to promise you that developing your self-motivation will make you rich, famous, and fulfill all of your dreams. But it can't. What I can promise is that if you understand and apply the information from this course you will utilize more of your untapped potential and perhaps find greater fulfillment in your lif