The Importance Of Personal Motivation

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Every day, people find something about themselves that they wish they could change, and in order to change or improve something, they must find the motivation to come up with and follow a plan to benefit their future. Motivation to achieve a goal or succeed at a task can rely heavily on the self-determination theory, which is comprised of three elements: autonomy, competence, and relatedness (Reeve, 2015). There are two types of motivation: intrinsic motivation, which is an internal motivation, and extrinsic motivation, which comes from environmental influences (Ryan & Deci, 2000). One study found that when goals are pursued for intrinsic reasons, the outcome is more adaptive (Senko & Tropiano, 2016), and another study found that fostering …show more content…
Right now, my average in my courses is 60%, and before I graduate (in approx. 2 and a half years) I would like to increase my average to around 80%. So far, I have had a lot of personal problems that have held me back from achieving this goal, which mainly focus on the element of competence. Currently, I have an extremely low failure tolerance, which has been holding me back academically (Reeve, 2015). Every time that I believe that I’m going to fail a course, or a test, I immediately use avoidance behaviour and either withdraw from the course if I can, or I avoid studying for my test until I absolutely have to because I’m scared of failing. Another reason I fail to meet my goal is because I don’t have enough feedback in order to know how to improve (Reeve, 2015). I have really no friends in my classes, which lowers the chance of me getting feedback from my peers, and since I’m scared of failure, I’m usually apprehensive to talk to my professors to get more feedback in order to improve. Since I lack confidence in my skills, I convince myself that I do not have the skills to be a strong university student and this preconceived notion has played a part on my optimal flow (Reeve, 2015). The challenge of the work itself isn’t too much, but I’ve convinced myself that it is, and it’s reinforced with negative feedback from marks that I don’t have the skill to complete things to the degree of which I could. Lastly, I’ve had too strong of a focus on extrinsic motivation, and not enough focus on intrinsic motivation. Senko and Tropiano (2016) found that pursuing things for extrinsic motivations can lead to maladaptive behaviours and outcomes, which demonstrates how my extrinsic motivation is ineffective. Introjected regulation has been my main extrinsic motivation, because I don’t want to let my family down or feel like I’ve waited their money, which would make me feel guilty for not

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