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Staying Motivated

Richard E. Clark and Bror Saxberg

Updated NPS Fundamentals

Staying Motivated

According to Merriam-Webster, motivation is having an incentive or a strong desire to do well or succeed in some pursuit. The NPS mission motivates most employees as we find value in protecting and preserving America’s most important resources. However, at one point or another, we’ve all likely felt unmotivated by work. That uninspired feeling may come from a change in the office, or a project on your desk with a looming deadline. Or, perhaps you supervise employees that need inspiration from time to time.

A lack of motivation touches us all and can be detrimental to our work and mission.  What can we do about it?  How can we stay motivated or motivate our employees?

This Harvard Business Review article provides insights and strategies to solving the employee motivation dilemma.

The article touches on 4 main motivation traps:

  1. Trap 1 – Values Mismatch: I don’t care enough to do this.
  2. Trap 2 – Lack of Self-Efficacy: I don’t think I’m able to do this.
  3. Trap 3 – Disruptive Emotions: I’m too upset to do this.
  4. Trap 4 – Attribution Errors: I don’t know what went wrong with this.

The article is a great place to get started, but is this list comprehensive or are the examples useful?

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