Self Motivation and Success

The following video outlines five steps to self motivation and success.

These steps are outlined below:

  1. Write out your goals
  2. Create standards and measures for progress tracking
  3. Have success experiences
  4. Receive recognition
  5. Receive rewards

I was hesitant about the 5th step since it has been shown that the higher the reward is, the lower the performance. My PIDP 3250 classmate Naveen found this video demonstrating this anomaly.

However, Brian Tracy raises a good point about this 5th step. The reward can be self created. This is actually something I do all the time. For example, if I study effectively for an hour, I will reward myself with ten minutes of playing around on the Internet.


About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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