Motivation drives confidence. Confidence, in turn, creates opportunities. If you are seeking confidence you can develop it through developing incremental motivation. This can be done through; understanding and applying some of the motivational theories, tapping into self-determination and gaining short wins towards your intent. Many also use associations like music to drive their motivation.
I have no doubt that all people have talent in various guises and these can create competitive advantages and opportunities for them. But they need the motivation and confidence to develop and express these. Many people use the excuse of not feeling motivated as their reason for not acting or committing to tasks that will create opportunities. My experience informs me that we will not always have the luxury of innate motivation to drive us to do what is necessary for our success. In these times we need to call on levels of determination (which arguably is a form of motivation in the first place) to act and trust that we will feel more significant levels of motivation after we act. In other words; you act despite not feeling obvious motivation (enthusiasm). As a result of acting you start to feel the tradition sense of motivation rather than you need to feel motivated, then you act.
What can be learnt from motivation theories?
Developing Mental Toughness is often associated with the concept of motivation. It follows that an understanding of motivation theory will therefore assist in your Mental Toughness development. There are many motivational theories and the most commonly known one is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This theory claims that people will display motivated behaviour to satisfy their needs and that these needs are hierarchical. Maslow claims that the most basic need is survival. If our survival is threatened then it follows that we will be motivated to survive and we all know from personal experiences that our survival can be threatened at any time. Note, that when your survival is threatened, then any motivation for other needs will be sublimated by your survival motivation.
You may recall that the next level in Maslow’s hierarchy is safety and security. This is a need to have a safe and secure environment and an assured supply of food, shelter and income. Thereafter Maslow claims a social need manifests; i.e. the need to belong to a group. The next level introduces self-esteem which is the need to feel important, to feel responsible, to achieve recognition, to receive rewards and praise. Finally, at the top of the hierarchy Maslow puts self-actualization. This need is strongly intrinsic and has to do with expressing your full potential.
Use intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
The theory of self-determination addresses the concept of intrinsic motivation. This theory claims that motivation exists on a continuum ranging from intrinsic motivation on the one end, extrinsic in the middle and amotivation on the other end. Intrinsic motivation represents behaviour driven by internal, sense of self issues. People are more likely to sustain activities when they are intrinsically motivated for their own reasons. Extrinsic motivation is gained from influences outside you. It is characterized by behaviour driven mostly by external goals and rewards.
The degree to which individuals are able to fulfill their basic psychological needs determines their level of self-determination. The basic needs that self-determination has been associated with are autonomy, competence and relatedness. Autonomy is freedom of choice. It is defined as engaging in an activity because you choose to do so. Competence is defined as self-belief in one’s ability to perform well in an activity. Using feedback appropriately is a great way to boost feelings of competence. Relatedness is defined as a sense of shared experience. If people feel there is an accepting atmosphere they are likely to develop relatedness.
Use motivation to drive confidence. What can be learnt from motivation theories? Use intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
Dr Steve – Mind Doctor