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Motivation High Achievers Prefer Moderately Difficult Tasks People with a high need for achievement tend to prefer moderately difficult tasks. Such tasks allow people to succeed and to see themselves as competent for having succeeded. Very difficult tasks tend to prevent success, and very easy tasks don’t allow people to feel competent when they succeed. The Power of Goals Goals are most likely to increase motivation to achieve if they are specific, challenging but achievable, and positive: Goals should be specific. The more specific the goals, the more effective they are as motivators. Example: If Steve is trying to get all his reading done for a final exam, a specific goal, such as I will finish one chapter each week , is more effective than a more diffuse goal, such as
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Unformatted text preview: I will make sure I’m ready for my final . • Goals should be challenging but achievable. Goals have to be difficult enough to be challenging but easy enough to be reachable. Example: If Kelly has been struggling to maintain a C average in a class all semester, a goal such as I will make a B on the final exam will be more motivational than a goal such as I will get an A in this class . • Goals should be positive. It is better for people to frame goals in terms of what they will do rather than in terms of what they will not do. Example: A goal such as I will study for an hour every weekday evening is likely to be more effective than a goal such as I will not go out on weekday evenings ....
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