3 Questions to Determine Self-Motivation

How do we get people to become “success seekers” instead of “failure avoiders”? ~Scott Geller

Attention all Parents, Teachers and Managers

This is a message for anyone who is a leader or striving to become one.

Elements of Self-Motivation

Research has shown that there are 4 elements to determine the capacity someone has for self-motivation:

  • Confidence
  • Perception of Consequences
  • Feeling of Choice
  • Feeling of Community

3 Questions to Ask

Ask these three questions to determine where someone is on the self-motivation scale.

1. Can you do it? – Confidence

2. Do you think it will work? – Consequences

3. Is it worth it? – Choice

If they answer “yes” to those three questions, they feel competent at doing worthwhile work and are feeling motivated.

A feeling of autonomy and choice leads to a feeling of empowerment.

Perceived choice generates motivation.

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Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality.

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