The psychology of self-motivation – Scott Geller
What is self-motivation?
- Self-motivation is reading ahead. Doing more than you need to.
In order to be self-motivated, you need to answer yes to these 3 questions.
- Can you do it? Do you believe you can do it?
- Will it work? Believing the behavior will lead to the ultimate outcome.
- Is it worth it? You have to convince people and yourself it’s worth it.
4 C Words That Fuel Self Motivation
- Consequences Drive us
- Let them perceive choice
- Community – We need each other
- When you are competent doing worthwhile work you are more likely to be self-motivated.
- Training – Do the behavior and get feedback
- How do you inspire people to be competent?
- Give them feedback, recognition, show them they are competent.
- When you get overwhelmed break it down
- We can always learn from each other
- We need to have the humility to accept feedback
- When you believe you have a choice in what you are doing you will be self-motivated.
- You are in control of your consequences.
- You won’t feel like you’re in control when you’re working to avoid a negative consequence.
- When you are working to get something it feels good.
- When you’re working to avoid something you feel controlled. That’s called negative reinforcement.
- How do we get people to become success seekers rather than failure avoiders?
- I have to go to class vs I get to go to class it’s an opportunity.
- Alarm clock vs an opportunity clock.
- It’s all in how you see it.
- It’s how you communicate to others and yourself.
- When you perceive choice you will be motivated.
- Sit back and reflect. Be mindful of the choices you have and talk about being a success seeker rather than a failure avoider.
- Psychologists know social support is critical
- People that feel a sense of relatedness, a sense of connection with other people, feel motivated and are happier.
- We need to have each others back
- We need a sense of community
- We need to move from an independent culture to an interdependent culture.
- We need to help each other feel self-motivated