DQ 1 Wk 1 - far more motivated to succeed and their grades...

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What is motivation? Does perception affect motivation? Why or why not? Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge. It involves the biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces that activate behavior. In everyday usage, the term motivation is frequently used to describe why a person does something. For example, you might say that a student is so motivated to get into a clinical psychology program that she spends every night studying. Definitely - how we perceive our lives, situations, jobs and circumstances will impact our motivation greatly. We often need to change the way we perceive our situation in order to motivate ourselves. As an administrative specialist and assistant teacher I see this all the time - if I can change students' perception about how they maintain their college experience, they become
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Unformatted text preview: far more motivated to succeed and their grades will hopefully increase as a result. Perception drives motivation. Motivation can be considered the stimulus that causes us to take action or engage in a certain behavior. If we want to achieve or develop a more desirable behavior, then the motivation to do that must be stronger or more valuable than the competing behavior. If the motivation to change is not stronger or more valuable than the competing behavior, the behavior remains unchanged. That being said, what one person perceives as important or valuable is not the same as another person. For example, if a person needs to exercise more, the motivation is better health, longer life, and etc. These are valuable motivators. If, however, another person is working three jobs just to make ends meet, then finding time to exercise is not going to be perceived as important....
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