Motivational Matrix, Dr. Jim Taylor
People talk about ‘getting motivated’ but how does that relate to their success? I always thought that motivation was the key to success but now I’m not sure. I think the equation is much more complicated. Motivation is only a small part of being successful. Have you ever said, “I feel really motivated to get some work done,” and then gone to take a nap?
Motivation or the desire to get things done is one of the first steps to success. The bottom line is it takes hard work to get it done. I’m not talking about the work that you do every day, i.e. going to your job, putting gas in your car, and cleaning the house, etc. I’m talking about what you do after that stuff is done. Success will come when you’re focusing on that special dream or goal. It could be losing weight or getting fit. They require your ability to ‘get it done’ no matter how you’re feeling.
Writing for Psychology Today, Dr. Jim Taylor defines motivation as “being able to work hard in the face of obstacles, boredom, fatigue, stress, and the desire to do other things.” Each person has a different motivation that drives them toward success. Dr. Taylor illustrates this with the motivation matrix, which breaks down motivation along two dimensions: external vs. internal and negative vs. positive. Each combination—internal-positive, external-positive, internal-negative and external-negative—can provide sufficient motivation to net you success.
Does your style of motivation work?
Will it give you the drive, planning skills and sacrifice you will need to stay the course?
Will it give you the ability to work when you’re sick?
What about turning off the Golf Channel?
Are you able to say no to a party invitation because your ‘work of success’ isn’t finished?
What will you say to your friends when the call you a ‘workaholic?’
Can you sacrifice that special brownie your girlfriend made so you can stay on your diet?
Does giving up one day mean giving up forever?
Confronting the obstacles before you get started is one way to help keep you on track. We’ve all fallen off the ‘success wagon’ but the smart ones get right back up.
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