a deadline looms what gets your nose to the grindstone? Is it: A) the treat you
promised yourself for a job well done, B) fear of the missed deadline's consequences,
C) innate desire to master the task or D) all of the above?
it surprise you to learn there is no right answer? Experts agree that they cannot agree on what truly motivates an
individual to achieve success or goals, be it weight loss or career
advancement. Different tools and motivations work for different people at
different times. We've gathered some interesting new reading on the matter of
motivation. Read on and see which method clicks for you.
Carrots & Sticks
you're in the carrots and sticks camp, you're a believer in incentives and
rewards-carrots-balanced with punishments-sticks-for failure. Yale professor Ian Ayres, author of Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get
Things Done, posits that
"commitment contracts" can steer individuals to success by offering reward or
punishments. Ayres crafts his academic outlook into an actionable, free web site that let's others
in on the action. Visit www.stickk.com to get started on
and speaker Dan Pink has made
motivation his business. In his best-selling book Drive:
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink argues that
carrots and sticks are "so last century." Pink argues that while carrots and
sticks can produce change, that in today's complex world they aren't enough to
inspire creativity and transformation. Tapping into our drive-our innate desire
to direct our own lives, experience autonomy and to connect to something that
matters and inspires-produces the most meaningful change.
more on Dan Pink, view his lively, engaging remarks at TED Talks here.
How do you motivate yourself? Do you have any tips or
strategies for long-lasting change or short-term motivation? Share your
thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
by Bradley Eggers
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