Napoleon Hill said that the human mind can create anything it can conceive and believe . But how? Is any method valid? Maybe not. However, there is one that can be useful, balanced motivation.
Balanced motivation is, as its name indicates, in finding a balance in what motivates us . Sometimes we believe that the real engine that moves us towards the realization of a goal is the ego or the result and not the task itself; this is a factor that can cause present and future imbalances.
The importance of balanced motivation
To explain this phenomenon, we will focus on the theories of the UPAD school of psychology and coaching, which is located in Madrid and has a team of experts in the field of personal and professional development. These theories have developed different techniques so that, especially children, they feel motivation correctly and do not mistake or misunderstand their path or their goal, which is to learn.
Ultimately, any goal we set ourselves presupposes a series of learnings that lead us to it. In this growth it is necessary to try to maintain a constant balance, so that the experience always has a value. This is where two possible approaches differ, one ego-oriented and one task-oriented :
- The ego oriented approach leads the individual to improve towards others. In other words, its value is measured in relation to other people, trying to excel and be the best in everything.
- The task-oriented approach implies an improvement towards oneself. In other words, it is personal skills that develop at all levels, from the physical to the psychological.
The two approaches can coexist and are compatible. In most cases, in fact, this coexistence occurs despite one of the two approaches being dominant.
The current landscape with respect to the management of motivation
Currently, motivation is inculcated or strengthened towards results, not ego or task. What does this mean? That the achievement of the goal is the maximum, so that a tunnel effect is produced with regard to attention (anything that is not related to the goal ceases to matter). The path or time are resources that must necessarily be invested, an investment that will be labeled as success or failure depending on whether or not the aforementioned objective is achieved.
According to UPAD experts, however, it would be much more positive to focus motivation on the task. Because? Because in this way the real goal is personal improvement. Focusing motivation on the task means that the individual acquires greater self-confidence and thanks to this personal improvement, if in the end the ultimate goal is not reached, other secondary ones will be achieved and, in short, not of lesser value.
While achieving the goal remains relevant, there are other important lessons that are internalized. This is the case of constancy, collaboration and teamwork, constant improvement, self-evaluation, the culture of sacrifice and effort … In this way, the attempt to reach that goal, whether it is positive or not, will have been in any case valid.
L ‘observation allows us to understand the motivational orientation of an individual. Thus, after we have discovered what its goal is, we can strengthen it or orient it differently, in the event that it increases the value of what is obtained with the same effort. To give a practical example, we can compare this situation to a game of football, basketball or any other sport. What is better to focus on the result at any cost or on the execution of the task to achieve the goal ?
It is evident that, if we focus only on the result, we can think or interpret any method as valid, just to get the better of it. It can be good, but it could also happen that you choose the wrong path in order to reach the goal.
On the other hand, if we focus on how to achieve the result, perhaps we get the same goal, but to it is also added the fact that, in our path, we will have acquired a good amount of learning and values that will accompany us. forever. In other words, the experience will be much fuller.
What do you think? Do you think balanced motivation is really useful? It seems much more challenging to learn, especially for children and young people.