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Ability is what
you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines
what you do.
Attitude determines
how well you do it.
Lou Holtz 1937 -
American football coach



Project management and motivation series

Motivating yourself

How can you motivate yourself?

With this exercise, try to

    • recognize your sense of discovery
    • take responsibility for your learning
    • accept the risks inherent in learning with confidence, competence, and autonomy
    • recognize that "failure" is success:
      learning what doesn't work is on the same path
      as learning what does work
    • celebrate your achievement in meeting your goals

As young children, we have a great ability to learn and to see past setbacks.

As we begin to meet expectations created by our families, schools, and environment, the motivation of our early years shifts from our goals to pleasing others, and often our desire to learn suffers.

How can you motivate yourself?

Text of the exercise in four steps:

Try to

    • recognize your sense of discovery
    • take responsibility for your learning
    • accept the risks inherent in learning with confidence, competence, and autonomy
    • recognize that "failure" is success:
      learning what doesn't work is on the same path
      as learning what does work
    • celebrate your achievement in meeting your goals

Part I: definition

How can you motivate yourself?

As young children, we have a great ability to learn and to see past setbacks.

As we begin to meet expectations created by our families, schools, and environment, the motivation of our early years shifts from our goals to pleasing others, and often our desire to learn suffers.

With this exercise, try to

  • recognize your sense of discovery
  • take responsibility for your learning
  • accept the risks inherent in learning with confidence, competence, and autonomy
  • recognize that "failure" is success:
    learning what doesn't work is on the same path
    as learning what does work
  • celebrate your achievement in meeting your goals

How can you motivate yourself?

Good luck!


1. Motivate yourself by
first identifying your project

In a note book or on your computer,
define
your learning project where you need to motivate yourself:

  • Be brief and specific
  • Don't be too ambitious.
    Remember: this is a trial project in developing self motivation
  • Keep to a very reasonable and manageable timeframe,
    perhaps a two-month period at most

In a separate entry, on a scale of 1 - 10, how curious are you in this subject?
Your project must be greater than five or choose something else!
This project should have significant appeal to you.

Create a wallboard in a visible "study" space and post your project,
or begin a notebook or computer diary and post your project as its first entry.


Project management and motivation series

Introduction/project identification | Intrinsic and extrinsic values |
Developing the project and selecting your mentor | Monitoring your progress and project review |
Time management | Avoiding procrastination | Self discipline |
Prioritizing tasks | My to do list | Problem solving

Flash exercise contributed by Steve Kladstrup, Independent Flash Developer; edited by Joe Landsberger