The Motivation Level Of Motivation And Self Control

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Introduction Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It’s the different between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals – and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. (Psychology Today, 2014) An individual, while capable of determining their goals should align professional goals with the organization; in turn this organization will need to determine the motivation level of their employees through evaluation of the goals outlined by the employee and how to plan to attain those goals. Edward Deci and Richard Ryan (2008) examine in their self-determination theory people’s life goals or aspirations, showing differential relations of intrinsic versus extrinsic life goals to performance and psychological health. They discuss further that when people are controlled, they experience pressure to think, feel, or behave in particular ways. Both autonomous and controlled motivation energizes and direct behavior and they stand in contrast to amotivation , which refers to a lack of intention and motivation. In an earlier study completed by Ryan and Deci (2000), they explained that “because of the functional and experiential differences between self-motivation and external regulations, a major focuses of Self-Determination Theory (SDT) has been to supply a more differentiated approach to motivation, by asking what kind of motivation is
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