Science of Motivation

I am currently working on a new personal development audio program to help my clients accelerate their success on their path to achieving goals. As I have been writing this program, I have spent countless hours reading, researching and studying thought provoking works on the area of motivation.

I came across this talk by Dan Pink on the “Science of Motivation”. Have a look here…

The biggest lesson I learned here was very applicable in my life and in my business. The idea of an incentive-based system does work well but not all of the time. I have personally felt the pain of having my creativity crushed due the pressure of a financial incentive. Its almost like the fear of NOT achieving the result was too strong. By NOT achieving the result, I would NOT receive the financial gain and the entire process ended up crippling my creativity and problem solving skills.

How can we apply the insight from this video into our own lives and ultimately produce the results we are striving for?

I don’t think there is a single answer but as soon as this video completed I knew what my first strategy was going to be. I am going analyze every project I take on from now on. I will then ask myself to review all of the potential incentives and rewards of completing the task. Once I go through the list, I will make certain that the most significant incentive is not the financial reward but rather the personal satisfaction of completing a challenging task that I am passionate about.

I think every person understands this at a gut level but I am very grateful for this video presentation as it has brought this understanding to my conscious mind and I can now utilize this new knowledge to help me in my business life.

How do you see this helping you in your world?

Justin Popovic, Ignite Your Essence

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2 Responses to Science of Motivation

  1. Paula September 20, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    I have often wondered why, when incentives were offered, I seemed to run the other way.

  2. jim January 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Agreed incentives does work but not all the time. great post thanks

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