Personal Application for Motivation for Difficult Behaviors - Exercise

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Personal Application for Motivation for Difficult Behaviors - Exercise

Personal Application for Motivation for Difficult Behaviors

Duration: 20 minutes.

In this exercise, you will consider the following questions.


  1. Think about something you really like to do at work.It can be a task, a break-time activity, a committee responsibility, etc. Answer these questions in relation to that activity:
    1. What motivates you to be a part of that activity?
    2. Why do you feel good about it?

  2. Now think of something you really do not like to do, and answer these questions:
    1. Which motivating factor is causing you to feel the way you do about the task?
    2. Could it be possible that there are deceptions that might be heightening your dislike for the activity?

Solution:

  1. Answers will vary but one example may be that you really like to participate on a committee because it gives you a chance to connect with your coworkers and do something other than work tasks so that when you return to work tasks you are refreshed.
  2. You may hate doing research for your boss. Maybe you've found yourself avoiding research-related tasks because you don't like doing something related to something you know little about. Perhaps presenting information to your boss makes you feel uncomfortable because you are afraid of being wrong and this causes you to pretend to know something you don't.
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