MOTIVATION

MOTIVATION

Research at the Stanford Research Institute shows that there are 5 major elements involved in motivation. These are:

    1. How strongly do you want to reach a goal
    2. How strongly do you wish to avoid the difficulties necessary to reach the goal
    3. What is your expectation that you will reach your goal without effort on your part
    4. What is your expectation that you know how to get what you want
    5. What is your expectation that you have the abilities needed to reach your goal

 

 

 

By changing any of these 5 elements, a person can change her motivational level. Each of the elements can be important to a runner and it can be helpful for you to look at these 5 elements to see how each of the elements fits into your own motivational picture.

 

D I

How strong is your desire to reach the goals you have set ? The stronger this desire, the greater the energy you will have to apply to the task of meeting the goal. On a scale from 1-10, with 1 being very weak and 10 being the strongest you can imagine, how intense is your desire to reach the running goals you have set ?

D 2

Reaching the goals you have set may require inconveniences, discomfort, sacrifices etc. How strong is your desire to avoid the "hassles" you know you must deal with in order to reach the running goals you have set for yourself ? Are you willing to go to bed early and give up lots of opportunities for socializing in order to reach the running goals you have set for yourself ? Are you willing to keep pushing yourself when you are fatigued and experiencing great amounts of discomfort ? What other "hassles" might you face as you try to reach the goals you have set for yourself ? How strong is your desire to avoid dealing with these other "hassles" ?

E I

How likely is it that you will be able to reach the goals you have set for yourself without any effort on your part ? How likely is it that the goals you set for yourself will just "be given" to you ?

E 2

How strongly do you believe that you know how to get what you want ? Do you believe you know how to do whatever it takes to reach the goals you have set for yourself ? Do you know how to do the physical things that are necessary ? Do you know how to do the mental things necessary to reach your running goals ?

E 3

How strongly do you believe that you have the abilities necessary to reach the goals you have set for yourself ? Do you have the necessary physical abilities ? Do you have the necessary mental abilities ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEASUREMENT

 

You will now be asked to measure each of the 5 elements of motivation. To do this, you will use an instrument called an ALGOMETER. Its use will be explained to you. There are two extremes possible in each measurement and, of course, anywhere in-between the two extremes.

 

 

L R

D 1 EXTREMELY WEAK EXTREMELY STRONG

D 2 EXTREMELY WEAK EXTREMELY STRONG

E 1 IT IS ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN IT IS IMPOSSIBLE

E 2 I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA I AM ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN I KNOW

E 3 CERTAIN I DONíT HAVE THE ABILITIES CERTAIN I DO HAVE THE ABILITIES

 

Now that you have measured each element, we can do some computations. First, letís add the two D scores, D I + D 2. This will be your total D score. Next add the E 1 + E 2 + E 3 scores. This will be your total E score. Next add D I + D 2 + E 1 + E 2 + E 3. This will be your total motivational (M) score.

Look over the scores for each individual element and your combination scores. What do you notice ? What do you think these scores mean ? What do you think they say about your motivation to reach the running goals you have set for yourself ? What scores show the strongest part of your motivation ? What part of your motivation do your scores suggest you need to work on ?

 

 

 

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