One of the biggest challenges most of us face when it comes to self improvement, growth and success is finding ourselves lacking the motivation and drive mid-way. You already know that consistency is the key to getting things done, but how exactly do you keep yourself going?Positive versus negative motivation. Which one is better? What works for you?
Positive versus Negative Motivation: Which One’s Better?
Positive motivation stems from your desire of a better future or the sweetness of achieving that goal- that end result that you have in mind. This kind of motivation can be extremely powerful, since you’ll be more likely to be driven and passionate if your end result has a materialistic gain involved, or even an emotional one- such as better self esteem.
Some individuals are known to respond extremely well to positive stimulation and the idea of being financially independent and well known in their career path can really push them to do better, and can motivate them.
Positive motivation, however, fails to be as effective when it comes to long term goals, and that’s simply because it can be hard to keep pace when the fruits of your labor are far away. To work things around for this, however, a good idea is to break down your goal into short term goals to give you that immediate sense of achievement.
Negative motivation, in contrast with the positive one, is driven by fear of failure. For example, you might be motivated to quit smoking after you’ve watched someone struggling with cancer. In some cases, negative motivation works as well as, and infact, even better than positive motivation does. This is because certain people are driven by anxiety and fear, and the fear of not performing well, being less in control and not powerful can push them to keep going.
Negative motivation is the other side of the coin, and while it might work well, it isn’t always a good idea.
Which One’s Better?
Both positive and negative motivation have their own pros and cons, but if you’re looking for a well-researched, definitive answer, here it is! A study published years back attempted to find out the influence of positive and negative reinforcement when it comes to to human behavior, and it was found that a combination of both these types of reinforcements worked the best.
It was found that an average person was more likely to stay motivated when there is a healthy balance of both- reward and fear associated with completing the task at hand.
Start implementing this knowledge in your life- remind yourself of both- the emotions that you’ll experience when you win, and those that you’ll feel when you don’t! Look for the passion in your life- whether it comes from negative sources or positive ones, and use that to keep yourself going.
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