MOTIVATION II: ARE YOU TIM TEBOW or MARK SANCHEZ?
By: Brian Gilleece
I know, that's a tough choice. But while Tim Tebow gets a bad rap, he is one of the most competitive guys to ever play the game of college or pro football AND never really got "paid" to do it (2 years for $660k). His desire to win came from NOT wanting to loose and his drive came from inside him to prove all the nay-sayers wrong, which he did time and time again. Tim is widely respected today and holds several commentator jobs on ESPN and plays in the NY Mets Minor League Baseball system ($100k Signing bonus & $55 a day....yup).
Mark Sanchez..........Well, he made (and makes) some money ( $750k signing bonus and $2 mill per year with the Bears) in the NFL as a third string QB but, but winning isn't really his thing, but he can be seen at all the hottest clubs in his brand new cars and all over TMZ.
SO WHO ARE YOU?
Titles, positions, and roles throughout jobs and other areas of our lives are very important to us. Those who are constantly driven to acquire these positions and earn titles for themselves are typically dealing with achievement-based motivation.
This is an ego-based model of motivation. Do you want an OSCAR? Or even an E.G.O.T.? Your name on a big ass poster for everyone to see? Well Hey, we may be on to somethin'.
Motivation itself can be defined as the driving force behind all the actions of an individual. The influence of an individual's needs and desires both have a strong impact on the direction of their behavior. Achievement motivation can be defined as the need for success or the attainment of excellence.
When people are more ego-involved(Achievement Motivated), they tend to take on a different conception of their ability, giving it greater importance, and a desire to wield it over others. Ego-involved individuals are driven to succeed by outperforming others, and their feelings of success depend on maintaining self-worth and avoiding failure and demonstrating superior abilities over others.
Breaking it Down: Chances are if you were on the Honor Roll, Dean's List, in the Military or succeed in corporate America you are a person who responds to "Achievement Based Motivation." It is important be able to differentiate this type of motivation from others that seem similar because this type of motivation is not financially based it is EGO based. This motivation is highly rooted in the desire for people to not only find you competent, but the desire to NOT fail in front of the same people.
Main Elements of Achievement Based Motivation:
Self Worth/Self Esteem
Fear of Failure
Desire to Appear competent in tasks
This goes back to our first lesson, intrinsic motivation.
Defined as the enjoyment of and interest in an activity for its own sake. Intrinsic motivation is identified as an important component of achievement goal theory because it ultimately is where the theory starts, and is amplified by the desire to demonstrate acumen and superiority.
SO, to simplify you can NOT be an Externally Achievement Motivated Person. It don't exist.
WRAP UP: Dam B, this is some pretty dry stuff, how you gonna play me like that on a Monday morning?
HEY MAN, not everything in life is fun, but some stuff is important and trying to pin-point the TYPE of motivation you respond to critical. Trust me, I personally know people who are struggling, in business and life, because they fundamentally do not know what makes them GO and they don't spend time to delve into it. They just keep running in circles chasing their own tails and spinning further into mediocrity. So much time wasted. Yikes!
If I was young (and didn't just play young on TV) I'd spend alot of time on this, it could save you a-lot of confusion in the future. Things to Review if you think this may be you: ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION: THEORY AND DEFINITION