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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Motivation - Developing Persistence and The Motivation For Success

Motivation - Developing Persistence and The Motivation For Success
By Abraham Adeseye

Motivation is a primary factor in success. Performance equals ability, opportunity and motivation. Motivation is very important because having the talent to do something is not the same as doing it. Even when the opportunity arises, a person's motivation changes from situation to situation and over time.

Motivation is the:-

* internal state or condition that activates behaviour and gives it direction;

* desire or want that energizes and directs goal-oriented behaviour;

* influence of needs and desires on the intensity and direction of behaviour.

To achieve success is to be able to persist until success is achieved. Motivation refers to the forces acting either on or within a person to initiate behaviour. The word is derived from the Latin term motivus (a moving cause). Though one can be motivated by external causes, to be successful, it is the motivation that comes from within that really makes the difference.

Are you genuinely interested in being successful? Have you set realistic goals for yourself? Have you got the interest and the desire? Can you develop the internal motivation that really counts? Are you prepared to take action? When it comes to motivation, knowing is not as important as doing. It is the doing that counts.

You must be prepared to fight all the enemies of motivation and go forward to the success that you truly desire. Only 1 out of 100 people achieve the success that they desire. This is because 99 out of 100 people give up and only 1 out of 100 people stay the course. You must be determined that you are going to be among the 1 percent who persevere.

Abraham Adeseye is a trained lawyer, speaker and author. He has over 10 years experience as a life coach. He is the owner of

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mid Year Student Motivation Tips

Mid Year Student Motivation Tips
By Reg Adkins

Student Motivation List

At this time of year many of our students have begun to loose focus, and interest begins to wane. As a result off-task behaviors begin to rise and classroom disruptions increase and we miss out on quite a bit of instructional time as we deal with these issues.

It may be helpful (especially with the males in your classroom) to take this opportunity to build into our instruction some items of high interest.

To that end, I am attaching to this message one of the surveys I provide students who have behavior challenges in an effort to find out some of their motivating factors. Feel free to add to, remove or modify the list as you see fit. Uses can be as simple as counting soccer balls instead of oranges during math class, or building the topics into your writing prompts.

Here is the list:

Airport tour




Auto mechanics

Auto dealerships


Barbecue party




Bike/Hike Trail


Board games



Buy a car, how to

Camping trip


Car wash

Career clinic





Cave exploring

Child care

Civil defense

College or University visit



Community service

Conservation project


Court Session




Diet and nutrition

Disabled citizen assistance



Drug abuse/alcoholism

Emergency preparedness



Fire safety

First aid training







Government officials

Ham radio


History, town

History, family trace

Horseback riding


Hunter safety


Industry, local


Job interview skills


Jumping rope


Leadership skills

Lifesaving, swimming

Martial arts


Model building

Morality, ethics




Music listening


Nature walks

Newsletter writing


Outdoor living

Part-time jobs


Physical fitness


Plants and wildlife

Plays produce


Power station

Public speaking





Road rally

Rock climbing


Saving money



Senior citizen assistance




Slide show, plan a





Sports medicine

Sports safety

State capitol

Summer jobs

Television station



Video games





Weather bureau

Wilderness survival

Winter sports




Let me know if you have any questions.


Reg Adkins in a specialist in behaviors and emotional issues. He holds a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters in educational administration. He is certified in numerous educational fields including exceptional student education. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of faith based counseling with a high focus on human temperament analysis and counseling.

Monday, August 11, 2008

What Is Extrinsic Student Motivation?

What Is Extrinsic Student Motivation?
By Ray Andrew Platinum Quality Author

This is no different for students, they need some kind of motivation to do their homework and study, however sometimes that is a difficult task. Usually if a student loves what he is doing or likes the topic that he is studying, he will not have problem getting motivated.

The problem is that many students especially at high school don't like some of the subjects they have to study everyday, so they just do the minimum work to pass the class. To increase their performance the teacher needs to find ways to actively motivate them.

Extrinsic motivation

When we are talking about extrinsic motivation we are referring to external motivators like incentives and rewards, this is the most common way that teachers and leaders use to increase the performance of their people.

Some common extrinsic student motivators are:

Giving extra points for doing a good work

Let the student exempt an exam

Giving a grade for their knowledge

Punish the student for bad performance

Giving a reward to the best performing group

Those are some of the common extrinsic motivators for students. However, the teacher needs to find creative ways to motivate them beyond rewards and incentives. The most effective kind of motivation is intrinsic motivation, which means that the student has a real interest in learning the subject.

Some creative ways to motivate students could be to challenge them, let them debate, let them challenge your views, present live case studies, interact with them with questions and answers and many other ways.

If a student is not motivated he will not perform in most cases, the teacher has to actively find ways to motivate them and create an interest in his class.

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How to Increase Student Motivation?

How to Increase Student Motivation?
By Ray Andrew Platinum Quality Author

As students grow up it becomes more difficult for them to concentrate on the subject and they get distracted more easily with their adolescent problems. So at high school it becomes a challenge for teachers to keep students attention.

To keep their attention, teachers have to increase student motivation and they need to do it in creative ways. Teachers can not rely just on their speech in class to make students pay attention, they need to engage their students mind in the subject of study.

Teachers need to create an environment of collaboration and interactivity to keep students motivated and engage in the class activities. But how do yo actually increase the students motivation?

There are several creative ways that you can use, for example if you want them to do homework, give them something creative and interesting to do, instead of just studying a lesson, make them make a presentation and debate with the other groups of the classroom.

Students will become more engage in the subject if you can create controversy and encourage different points of view. Challenge them to come up with creative solutions or alternative solutions to what is already established.

Let them create what if? scenarios and create alternative solutions, give them rewards for the best investigations and work done. Grades are not enough motivation for them, you have to make it fun, you need to engage them in a challenge.

Other kind of solutions to keep students motivated is to use let them know that at the end of the class you will make a lesson or that you will ask random questions to them. These methods can work, but is more a scare technique that works just short term.

Do you want to learn other ways to increase motivation in your life and in any other person, then you need to visit us here: articles on self motivation at You can also read about: child self motivation

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Learn to Say No - So You Can Say a Bigger Yes to Life!

Learn to Say No - So You Can Say a Bigger Yes to Life!
By Bo Sanchez

Difficult People Will Teach You How To Build Your Boundaries

If you're an approval addict or people-pleaser like me, I'm writing this especially to you.
You see, I'm a person who didn't like saying "No". For the longest time, that word wasn't even in my vocabulary. For years, I never showed my anger to anyone. After years of smiling even if I was offended, there came a point when I didn't even feel anger anymore. I simply shut it out of my life. (Believe me, I thought I was very holy because of this. Not realizing I was emotionally a mess deep within.) I had an approval addiction so powerful, it ruled every decision I made.
Why? Because I was desperate for people to like me. When someone didn't like me, I died within.
I didn't love myself. I had an abysmal low-self worth. So I tried to please everyone in every way.
I abhorred any kind of conflict. Oh yes, I was a mess. And one of the ways of making them love me was to always say "Yes." I never knew that saying "Yes" all the time was actually saying "No" to an abundant life. So I tolerated all the difficult people and emotional vampires on the planet: Control-Freaks. Drama-Queens. Nut-Cases. Rage-aholics. Irresponsible Jerks. Hyper-sensitive people. Possessive Parasites. You name the difficult person, I pleased each one of them-just to keep the peace. But the false peace came with a price: I was throwing away myinner peace. My self-respect. My self-worth. Let me tell you one story...

Build Your Boundaries-

So You Could Welcome People As Guests Through The Gate, Not Thieves That Run Amok Through Your Life. Billy (not his real name) was a friend who invited me to become a business partner in one of his ventures. But he had a weakness: He was a controller. He wanted to control me. He wanted to control everyone. The sun and moon and stars included. For a while, I lived with it. I chalked it up as one of those inconveniences of life, lumped up with Manila traffic, the humidity of the Philippines, and my allergies to shrimp. But it was incredibly stressful working with Billy.
I didn't want to admit it. "But he's my friend," I told myself every time I felt stressed out. I was in denial. My approval addiction was blinding me to the fact that working with him was driving me nuts. But one day, I had to say "No" and build my personal boundaries. I allowed him to stomp over my fences many times. I had to repair my boundaries and protect myself. It was painful, but I knew there was only one way out. So one day, I told Billy that though I wanted to remain friends, I wanted to get out of our business partnership. That wasn't acceptable to him. So ever since that day, he never spoke to me again. It was painful because our friendship ended.
But I immediately knew I did the right thing because of the inner peace I felt that day. My approval addiction was defanged. For the first time in a long while, I created a conflict. By respecting myself and my boundary lines, I was growing in self-power. That day, I finally loved myself. Today, my relationships are richer.

Because my boundaries are whole, people who come into my life are welcomed guests who pass through the gate (I deliberately opened it for them), not thieves that run amok through my life.
When you say "No" at the right situations, you're saying a bigger "Yes" to life. Truth: People Will

Do What You Tolerate

So let me ask you this question: Are there people in your life who you should be saying "No" to? Are there difficult people in your life who have been gate-crashing and running amok in your life?
Remember: You teach people how to treat you. If that person is abusing you, or breaking your boundaries, that means you taught that person that it was okay to do so. You tolerated it. And people will do what you tolerate. The solution may not be to end the relationship (though sometimes, it is the solution), but to simply say "No" at the specific situations where the person is crossing your boundary lines.

Reclaim your self.
Don't allow people to trash you.
God loves you. God created you as His child. God wants you to be happy.
So be happy.

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez

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Student Motivation

Student Motivation
By Richard Romando Platinum Quality Author

Student motivation refers to a student's interest, desire, compulsion, and need to participate in and be successful in the learning process. It is generally accepted that student motivation plays a key role in academic learning.

Highly motivated students actively engage more in the learning process than less motivated students. Motivated students have a positive impact on learning. They take advantage of a given opportunity and show intense effort and concentration in the implementation of learning process. Also, they reveal positive emotions such as excitement, enthusiasm, interest, and optimism during learning.

On the other side, the less motivated were found to be less interested in participating in the learning process. Most of them were physically present in the class room but were mentally absent. They often failed to actively engage themselves in the learning tasks. Such students were more likely to stop learning. Less motivated students should be guided so as to develop a favorable attitude towards the learning process.

A teacher or an instructor has a significant role in guiding less motivated students. A technique called attribution retraining, which includes modeling, socialization, and practice exercises, is used to restructure less motivated students. Its aim is to help students to concentrate on the learning task without the fear of failure.

There are two types of student motivation such as extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation is defined as the motivation to engage in an activity in order to obtain rewards or to avoid punishments from an external source. Extrinsically motivated students undertake an activity for the sake of getting good grades or a teacher's approval. Extrinsic motivation is again divided into two such as social motivation and material motivation. Social motivations include approval of teachers, parents, and friends. Good grades, future education, or job security come under material motivations.

Intrinsic motivation refers to engaging in an activity for its own sake, for the pleasure and enjoyment it provides. To be more precise, a student who is intrinsically motivated carries out an action for the learning it permits. Compared to extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation is more desirable as it is the motivation to engage in the learning process for the enjoyment of learning without considering its consequences.

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