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.


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.


Categories: Leadership, Professional Development, Self-Awareness

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