Meaningful goals

External motivation is a good tool for you to get started. But it is the inner motivation that counts.

It is a known case that it helps in the motivation to have a clearly defined goal to work towards. Young people who know what they want to be contrary to the traurige of learning work are of death contempt. These are doing because they have a long-term perspective where they know that they "just have to go through it". The road is straight and long. Through such an outward motivation, they find an opinion on what appears to be meaningless along the way.

But most people have it that way. For Most people does not light the future clearly and clearly far in the distance. Instead, you don't really know what you want and not quite who you are.

What happens to man when it experiences lack of meaning and identity is duly dealt with in the literature on alienation. When the norms and regulations of the environment are not perceived as meaningful and when processes are so confusing that only Josef K from Frans Kafka's novel Process should feel at home in them, then it sinks both motivation and work ethic.

In both school and work life, we have reward systems that are intended to act as external motivators. By getting a good character, the student learns that the work is good, while for the rest of the world it is a diploma of what the student is good for. The challenge of external motivators, however, may be that one does not work because it appreciates the work itself.

Recognition from others is nonetheless an important motivator. This looks as chess champion Magnus Carlsen, who after the championship victory thanks for the support he had received along the way. Perhaps he also knew that the whole world was holding his breath when he suddenly got up from the table to brush his nose. But possibly he did not because he was so concerned about what was going on there and then. Either way, the following scenario is unthinkable: Magnus Carlsen wandering back to the hotel room and laying under the covers because he feels a little pjusk.

The question being about recognition from the others is the main reason that Carlsen chooses to stand up, both this morning, and all the other weekdays he must get out of bed. The impression is that interest in new solutions to old problems as well as the ability to develop their own skills is the primary driving force of the King of Chess.

In educational literature you are often distinguished between external motivation and inner motivation. While the external motivation revolves around achieving something beyond the work itself, such as rewards, recognition or absence of punishment, internal motivation is described as being driven by the fact that the work is chosen even because one wants to hold on to them – you feel Ownership of the work – and has its identity associated with it. Then it's the work that makes sense, not what to achieve by doing so. In contrast to work motivated by external factors, the actions do not become instrumental, and do not lose the desire to work even if one does not really know if you get something left for the labor. The road is the target. Especially when the goal appears to be a very long and instructive detour where you also learn something about who you are.

However, it is often valuable to set up smaller sub-goals for the tasks in front of them. It makes the situation more transparent, and it allows for ever reflection along the way. This is what makes an explanation of what it take for a better achievement to be more meaningful than the singular character that can eventually be considered in a fraction. In itself, therefore, is not a goal management regime problematic. The problem arises when the targets become so rigid and meaningless that the possibility to "think outside the box disappears". In school as in the workplace, it should not be a problem that one does not fit into the form, just because one blows the form's frames. It is not always given that the straight path to the target is the right path.

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