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Beyond the Books: Get up and go! Why you need motivation in your life and how to get it!

All too often, we are advised to keep motivated in order to excel in our studies, but what does being motivated even mean? Why are we still struggling to find it, maintain it and identify its significance for our future careers? In this free one-hour webinar, join USQ research expert Dr Fein as he delves into the theory behind keeping motivated, and then discover how a USQ alumnus used it to pursue her dreams as a world record-breaking athlete and entrepreneur.

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Beyond the Books: Get up and go! Why you need motivation in your life and how to get it!

  1. 1. Welcome to Country
  2. 2. Academic presenter Dr Erich C. Fein, USQ School of Psychology and Counselling Motivation publications: USQ e-prints https://eprints.usq.edu.au/ Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=aHZO8gIAAAAJ&hl=en
  3. 3. What is motivation? • Motivation is a psychological force inside you. • This force makes you do things. • Technically, motivation does the following: • Provides a direction for what you do. • Provides the mental or psychological tension that pushes you to do something and keep doing it. • Provides a sense of meaning – helps define who you are.
  4. 4. Where does motivation come from? The world around you… • Motivation changes based on the state or environment you are in. • Why? We have needs and desires. • Environments are not all the same! Who you are… • However, there are parts of you that also create your motivation. • What parts of you are always “switched on” and help create your motivation?
  5. 5. Poll What parts of you are always “switched on” and help create your motivation?
  6. 6. Why do you need motivation? The world around you… • You cannot consciously make things happen without motivation. • Basic need fulfilment requires motivation. • Maintaining relationships requires motivation. Who you are… • Changing yourself requires motivation. • Even maintaining all the good things about who you are requires motivation.
  7. 7. How do we organise our motivation? 1. Goals • Goals are images inside you that represent things you want to see happen – sometimes conceived as “targets” or “ends”. • Can be in the world or inside/part of you. • Intrinsic (an end in itself – as you see it) • Extrinsic (a means to another end)
  8. 8. How do we organise our motivation? 2. Life domains: Different parts / areas of life • Have you ever heard the phrase “Get a Life”? • This signals there is something missing. • Do most people tend to have goals across all areas of life? • In what ways do people neglect their life?
  9. 9. Poll In what ways do people neglect their life?
  10. 10. How do we get motivation? 3. Tips or Principles to boost motivation • Figure out what outcomes you value and are committed to – what good things could happen that really matter: • Inside you (Intrinsic) • Outside you (Extrinsic) • Make them goals: Write down and reflect regularly on these outcomes – how are your progressing? What do you need to change to make better progress? • Consider what you are missing? Do you need something in your life – across all life domains - that is lacking?
  11. 11. Jade Edmistone USQ alumna, Australian swimmer, entrepreneur and author. Passionate about empowering and motivating others to be pro-active in managing their wellness in order to thrive.
  12. 12. Do you feel like you’ve given everything your best? Do you feel satisfied with what you have achieved to date? Do you feel you have reached your potential? Are your goals still important to you?
  13. 13. Poll Are you currently pursuing any goals that:
  14. 14. How do you maintain motivation? How do you keep it directed to your goals?
  15. 15. 2000 Olympics 2001 World Championships 2002 Commonwealth Games 2003 World Championships
  16. 16. Because you WANT to Not because you HAVE to
  17. 17. Poll In thinking about your goals, are there little achievements that you are not acknowledging or giving yourself credit for because you feel they are not big enough steps to be making?

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