The last two blog posts have been in direct relation to two topical theories of motivation, what makes people tick and some of the essential “needs” that people need to be able to prosper and develop themselves to their full potential. It is important to touch on such approaches at times, a lot of people, upon hearing the word “theory” will think that it is too deep, too boring and generally above their level to think in such a manner.
I am obviously an advocate of the two chains of thought that I previously discussed. I will touch on one other before changing course and moving in another direction. If you have been reading, the theories that I discuss relate to the workplace, however important elements can and should be used in everyday life.
Step forward Bernard Weiner……Weiner is an American psychologist who developed the Attribution Theory, a look at links between success and failure in academia. A three pronged theory, looking at
Locus of Control
I practice martial arts and have lost fights, let’s use the losing of a fight to describe the way that Weiner’s attribution theory works…
Clearly given the title this relate to factors which are either stable or unstable. I have come away from losses thinking that I was simply defeated because my opponent was better than me, more experienced etc. This wasn’t me being defeatist, just honest. An opponent being of higher quality would be looked as a stable factor by Weiner.
On the other side of the coin, an unstable factor, causing the loss would maybe be a temporary illness or injury which caused poor performance.
Locus of Control
Did I lose the fight because of something that I was in control of? If I did not put in work to enhance my ability and improve my chances, factors which are clearly my responsibility, then that would have been my failing from my own internal locus of control. Weiner believes that internal factors can lead to a loss of motivation for future and I tend to agree with him.
Looking at it from an external standpoint, there may be an absence of coaching / unavailability of classes. I would see this as out with my control and something which would particularly cause my motivation to drop as it could easily be rectified.
This is slightly similar to the factors outlined with Stability. Ask yourself how controllable the situation was? Did the referee or judges have an effect? Was there a bad call made by an official? This is not something that can easily be altered and is out with control. It is the factors within control which could cause concern….lack of effort, lack of training etc.
In summary, the theory presented by Weiner shows a level of similarity at each stage, however it does delve deep into factors which lead to increased or a lack of motivation. Sometimes simply having an acceptance of defeat isn’t the way to go. There is always an option to investigate further and be able to develop a plan to avoid the same thing happening again. Take some time, have a look at the factors detailed above and fix it.
Do not sit and think that you can never get to the level that you want to, it attainable for everyone, GET IT!