Something to think about:
Three Elements of Motivation from http://www.motivation-tools.com
Motivation starts with the desire to be free, to be free from dependency on others, freedom to live the lifestyle we dream of, freedom to explore our ideas. Total freedom is not possible or desirable, but the struggle to achieve that ideal is the basis for motivation.
Motivation is built on three basic elements:
1. Motivation starts with a need, vision, dream or desire to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Creativity is associated with ideas, projects and goals, which can be considered a path to freedom.
2. Develop a love-to-learn, become involved with risky ventures and continually seek new opportunities. Success is based on learning what works and does not work.
3. Developing the ability to overcome barriers and to bounce back from discouragement or failure. Achievers learn to tolerate the agony of failure. In any worthwhile endeavor, barriers and failure will be there. Bouncing back requires creative thinking as it is a learning process. In addition, bouncing back requires starting again at square one.
A loss of any one part and motivation is on the rocks. For example:
If you like to be creative and love to learn but cannot face up to failure, you will not go back and try again. Persistent is associated with bouncing back.
If you have a unique idea but don’t like taking risks, ideas is all you will ever have.
There must be something in your life that turns you on. You can start by analyzing the lifestyle of your dreams. Remember, money is not a goal, it is a reward for achieving a goal.
Let’s see how the parts work with Charlie’s family, a true story.
I was building a 50-foot wooden sailboat. During construction there were many visitors and one family stood out. Charlie would bring his three teenage sons on board, who seemed to be excited about everything they saw. They would focus on a construction method or potential problem and exchange ideas on its strong and weak points, or discus other ways to achieve the same results. Charlie would ask leading questions and his sons would have answers, each one trying to give a better answer than the other. When one teen presented a possible dumb idea, the others did not put him down, they countered with other possibilities.
It was not only on my boat they excised creative thinking, this was their life style, always asking why, and what are the other possibilities. They had a work shop where family members could work on projects. They needed “U” bolts for one of their projects. After threading a steel rod at both ends, they needed to bend them. They made a furnace from a five-gallon bucket and used the blower end of a vacuum cleaner for draft. They buried the rods in the red-hot charcoal. When pulling them out they had stubs. The fire was so hot it melted the steel. They did not realize how hot the furnace was. The only way to learn and get experiences is to try.
Farther and sons were a team that focused on creativity. A wild idea was something to embrace and develop. The teens were excited about life and highly motivated.
Charlie kept active the three legs of motivation:
Creativity was encouraged with the understanding there was no dumb idea. At this time, they had no goals that I know of.
To maintain the love-to-learn, they had a workshop, providing opportunity to experiment with ideas and develop projects.
Most ideas did not work, but with each try they learned something, especially what did not work. They were learning from failure and learning to bounce back from it.
By keeping all three motivation elements active, Charlie’s sons were highly motivated. Creative thinking was promoted and supported. In the adult world, their creative skills will find a profitable market. More important, they will not have to overcome negative barriers carried over from their teen years.
Compare Charlie to parents who are always putting down any idea their children might present. A gulf develops between them and soon the teen keeps all thoughts to them self. Many parents consider children’s wild ideas something to grow out of. This is the killing of creativity, the first leg of motivation. Putting down ideas is teaching children to accept the status quo. Forcing children to accept the status quo is the building of barriers. In the adult word, most never overcome these barriers.