Here I am sharing with you real life practices we can apply to our everyday lives for keeping us going, it’a hardly a secret that the core of accomplishing your goals is through your dedication , so how to stay motivated ?
Professionals who are able to sustain the long-term pursuit of their work goals begin by focusing on a specific goal, expending some initial effort and show some perseverance over the short term. But then, these professionals enter “a complex set of cognitive and affective phenomena that implicate perceptions of self, the future, task activities and a variety of other gratifications,” Barry and Bateman wrote.
Work goal traits
To understand the psychological forces at play when pursuing long-term goals, the co-authors identified and conducted in-depth interviews with 25 professionals in fields ranging from medical research to astronomy and climate science, among others. All the respondents are working in fields having the following attributes:
- Eventual success could take many years, or perhaps generations
- Real progress comes very slowly
- There is a significant chance of failure
While these conditions may define the most extreme cases of pursuing long-term goals, Barry and Bateman said the insights generated from the interviews have wide-reaching implications for both professionals and managers.
The researchers then distilled the key elements of the interviews into eight sources of motivation that provide “psychological sustenance” in the pursuit of long-terms goals.
- Allegory: Figurative representations or abstractions that offer significant, consequential meaning (e.g., comparisons to the Wright Brothers or the moon landing).
- Futurity: Allusions to the long-term impact and possibilities associated with the ultimate outcomes that may result from the realization of a long-term goal (e.g., setting the stage for my children and grandchildren).
- Self: Statements that invoke personal identity, reputation or personal belief systems (e.g., expressing my personal creativity).
- Singularity: References to the perceived uniqueness of the endeavor (e.g., the big exploration that nobody could have done before).
- Knowledge: Statements that refer to skill development, new understanding, acquiring truth and finding ways to control events (e.g., any knowledge that’s created is good).
- The Work: Allusions to the nature of the work, including challenges, methods, risks and uncertainties, as well as elements that are fun or surprising (e.g., it’s like a puzzle that you’re solving).
- Embeddedness: Ways in which individuals see their work situated within social contexts, as well as ways in which their work garners social legitimacy within their professions and in society (e.g., an enjoyment from disproving the skeptics).
- Progress: Statements that emphasize the notion of forward movement, often short term, in the direction of long-term goal pursuit (e.g., advancements in tools and techniques that facilitate the work).
So what’s your strategy for getting and staying motivated ?
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