We all need some way to motivate ourselves when faced with difficult and challenging tasks.
Use the two tools below as honestly as you can in order to find the things you can use to best motivate you to succeed academically.
Although you can complete both "mentally," I encourage you to print this page, write down your answers and hang on to them. Review them often. Simply knowing what motivates us can help us overcome the obstacles in our lives.
TOOL #1: INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
Identify goals that will motivate you to complete your educational program. Although all the goals listed may be important to you, select only the three that motivate you the most (Maiorana, 1980).
2. Career preparation
3. Personality growth
4. Campus recognition
7. To prove my ability
11. Social skills
Now that you've checked the three campus goals that are most important to you, list them below in the order of their ability to motivate you.
TOOL #2: MOTIVATION FOR COLLEGE
The following questions are designed to help you think about your motivation and to give you some insight into it. Read completely through each group of items; then rank them in importance by using 1 for the phrase that best applies to you, 2 for the phrase that applies next best, and so on (Deese, 1979).
1. I came (or will come) to college because...
___ I know what I want to be and college preparation is necessary for it.
___ my folks want me to even though I don’t.
___ I thought it would be a lot of fun.
___ I wanted to gain knowledge and understanding of the world I live in.
___ many of my friends did and I wanted to be with them.
___ I wanted to get away from home.
___ I am particularly interested in athletics and student activities.
___ a college degree seems indispensable in this day and age.
___ I like to study and am particularly interested in certain subjects.
2. I want to make grades that are good enough to...
___ stay in college.
___ meet degree requirements.
___ let me participate in extracurricular activities.
___ put me on the honor list and give me special recognition.
___ have an outstanding record in college.
3. My motivation for making grades is to...
___ prove to myself that I am learning something.
___ secure a good job recommendation.
___ please my family.
___ do better than my competitors.
___ live up to my reputation of being a good student.
___ be respected by my teachers.
4. I sometimes don’t study when I should because...
___ I worry about my personal problems.
___ certain subjects simply don’t interest me.
___ I am too involved in extracurricular activities.
___ I have illness and poor health.
___ things going on around me distract me.
___ I tend to keep putting off my work.
___ I am easily tempted to do more interesting things.