Class From Week 1 To Week 6 Journal Paper: Topic Is Motivation (Other (Not Listed) Sample)
Students will journal on one of the topics covered in class from Week 1 to Week 6.
(topic must be Motivation) The journal is an opportunity to apply the course material to personal experience (either in personal life or at work), and reflect on the individual application of course concepts. A journal should be at least 750 words, and is due March 15th. Questions to consider when writing the journal include: o What did I learn about myself in this topic that was a surprise? o What bit of information is of value in my future? Why is it of value? o What did I learn that I disagree with, or that doesn’t feel right? My primary concern is that you are applying course concepts to your personal/professional life. Journals that reflect on course material and discuss personal application will receive full credit. Journals that only recite course content will not receive full credit, nor will journals that discuss personal experiences without connecting to course content. Exemplary papers from previous semesters are posted on Blackboard.
Motivation has always been an interesting factor in my life; that is why I decided to reflect on the topic in this journal. Motivation is the desire to accomplish a certain task or goal (Dobre, 2013). This desire can be triggered by different factors, some of which are internal while others are external. Nonetheless, there is always a drive that propels people towards their accomplishments, and the drive can be external or internal. The topic of motivation has enabled me to understand the factors that drive me toward achieving my tasks. Before the lesson, I was not paying much attention to the factors that had motivated me towards achieving certain goals, but afterward, I have come to fully understand that fulfillment had always been my motivation. My desire to get an appraisal from other individuals drove me towards successfully accomplishing my objectives. However, I also realized that such a reward should not have been my motivator in the first place, rather, I should always be motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose, as explained by Pink.
The two types of rewards are extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic rewards are those outside forces that motivate individuals to accomplish tasks, and they include promotions, benefits, and pay, among others (Riasat, Aslam & Nasir, 2016). Intrinsic rewards are natural rewards that are associated with accomplishing goals for personal satisfaction. Majority of the time, I am motivated by intrinsic rewards. These are the natural rewards that are linked to fulfillment, psychological requirements, and social connection (Danish, Khan, Shahid, Raza, & Humayon, 2015). Throughout my childhood, I have always aspired to do my best in whatever task l engage. My father had always encouraged me to do things wholeheartedly and claimed that every action has a reaction and the level of reaction corresponded to the level of action. Truly for most of my life, the reaction was always fulfilling and came in the form of a pat in the back, or some kind words to prove that people appreciated my achievements and efforts. The fact that people showed their appreciation for my efforts drove me towards accomplishing bigger tasks. Nonetheless, whenever I failed to fully accomplish these objectives, I did not get the same kind of appreciation, and this greatly discouraged me to continue with the activity. Surprisingly, this lesson enabled me to understand that I was motivated by the wrong intrinsic reward, which was an ego-fulfillment.
I did not carry out tasks because I had an interest in them, but because I wanted to show people I was able to do it and get some appreciation. However, understanding Pink’s theory of motivation brings to light the correct notion of intrinsic motivation. Ego-fulfillment, which was my top priority should not be a motivating factor; instead, individuals should be motivated by a sense of autonomy, purpose, and mastery as explained by Pink’s theory (Pink, 2011). A majority of tasks involved more than the simple cognitive challenge, and because of this, mere rewards like a pat on the back cannot work. Instead, such rewards can worsen a person’s performance in case the individual fails to accomplish the task. Autonomy is considered to be the desire to direct our lives (Ajmal, Bashir, Abrar, Khan, & Saqib, 2015). This involves allowing individuals to have a self
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