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The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Motives Affecting Behavior

To have good Mondays means that you are motivated to do so. What drives us; what makes us behave in particular ways?

Learning about motivation was a help to me when I managed a volunteer program before I retired. One of my favorite resources was Marlene Wilson's book, " Effective Management of Volunteer Programs." Here is what she says are the motivational "drivers" that have an effect on what we do and how we do it. To quote:


Goal: Success in a situation which requires excellent or improved performance.


Goal: Having impact or influence on others.


Goal: Being with someone else and enjoying mutual friendship.
Think about which of these is your prime motivator; which is the best description of who you are and what gets you going. Make your Monday a success by focusing on a beginning task or activity that will provide a motivational payoff most meaningful for you. Success will then carry you along with the tougher stuff.

Here are some examples:
  • An achievement motivated person "likes to take personal responsibility for finding solutions to problems," according to Wilson. So start out that Monday with a solution-focused activity at which you can succeed. You will be on a roll for the week.
  • A power motivated person has a "strong need to influence others; to change other peoples' behavior, " according to Wilson. Beginning you week with a meeting at which you preside, or develop a plan. It will be your opportunity to influence the group or motivate towards the success of a project.
  • An affiliation motivated person "needs warm and friendly relationships and interactions," Wilson says. So getting together with you friends early to talk a bit about the weekend will put you in a better mood to succeed as the work of the day rolls by.
Cross-posted at Southwest Blogger
My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about wanting success for the nation.
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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.