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New Ways to View Motivation

According to Susan Fowler, traditional beliefs about motivation should be reconsidered. In her article, “Is Motivation What You Think It Is“, Fowler asks readers to reconsider the idea of motivation and how people motivate themselves. She argues that:

“Motivation is the energy to act. Outdated theories of motivation are based on how much energy you have – equating your motivation to the quantity of your energy…Motivation is not about how much energy you have, but the quality of energy you have. When it comes to motivation, quality matters.”

How is your motivational level? As employees of the National Park Service, we are busier than ever with the many “hats” we wear from creating visitor experiences, refining an element of an interpretive program, and daily tasks assigned by a supervisor. Fowler argues that “Motivation is not about how much energy you have, but the quality of energy you have. When it comes to motivation, quality matters.”

After reading the article, check out Fowler’s video about motivation.

Reflection and Questions

  • Describe a time that you found it difficult to be motivated to complete a task assigned to you by a supervisor.
  • What were the reasons for the lack of motivation?
  • How did you find the motivation to complete the task and what was the end result?
  • After examining the main ideas Susan Fowler has about motivation, what stands out as the most beneficial to you that could be put into practice?

Citation

Fowler, Susan. “Is Motivation What You Think It Is?” SmartBrief, 27 June 2018.

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