What motivates us? Money, Power or Prestige?
Chapter 10 in our reading introduces
us to the topic of motivation. Motivation
is described as a power which acts upon you, causing you to behave a certain
way or perform a certain action. (percypsych101.wordpress.com). The psychological needs that pushes us to the extreme, often
making us wants to prove to others we are better than they are. As students we
push ourselves, determined to achieve decent grades. As employees we push to
perform better at work, in an attempt to prove to our bosses that we are better
than our co-workers or that we deserve that extra compensation. At the gym we may work very hard to achieve
that perfect body. For the wealthy they endeavor to finds ways to become wealthier.
But the things that motivate us does it make us happy?
Motivational theories explain the
“itch” or “drive” or “reason” behind our
behaviors – voluntary and involuntary (percypsych101.wordpress.com). Motivation is driven
by emotions. Many people may be excited
by external rewards which may spur people for short periods of time sometimes causing the focus to be on quantity (how much can be done) over quality (how
good it is being done). But, as expert point out, genuine motivation will always be a factor, and hopefully will inspires
more quality in performance. (www.psychology.com). I do believe that it is fine
to be motivated and psychologists believe that to be motivated emotions play a
role in energizing us. If we are energized, we will be motivated. Motivation encourages us to achieve things we
strive to accomplish, however I sincerely believe that your heart and soul
should be in anything you attempt to
accomplish in order to achieve successful outcomes.
Stress and how it can endanger our
Our text states that stress—especially
if it is chronic—takes a toll on our bodies and can have enormously negative
health implications. (Pelz 2017). Stress is a part of life. Sometimes it is
essential for our being. When stress arise our coping mechanisms steps in and protects
us from harm. Good coping mechanisms
against stressful environment and negative personal characteristics can lead to
effective learning, especially in adults.
When you are faced with a stressful
situation whether in your job or in your personal life it is very easy to
agonize over the issue. You may become fearful or scared. You may become so
anxious over the situation and torpedoed into full panic mode. Some stress is
good for us but too much can result in making one unable to think straight and
may instigate inaction or poor performance.
We will never live
our lives stress free and will have to find ways to deal with stressful
situations. To help abate the negative
impact of stress, it is important that we avoid alcohol and minimize our caffeine
intake. Both are stimulants that can increase our anxiety. Instead drink lots of water. Indulge in more
physical activity. Often when we are stressed exercise is the furthest thing
from our minds. Exercise help restore our body and mind to a calmer place. Another
thing that can reduce stress is to sleep more. Lack of sleep is a great cause of stress. Stress
disturbs our sleep as thoughts keep spinning in our heads, and preventing us
from sleeping. And finally, please seek professional help or talk to someone,
friends, peers, parents, significant others or clergy. I cannot reiterate how
important it is not to resort to alcohol or drugs when stressful situations arise.
Personality traits manifest a person’s distinctive representation
of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Our personality traits tell others if
we are consistent, reliable or stable or if we are unpredictable, untrustworthy
or irrational. Individuals who scores high on a specific trait list expected to
be sociable in different situations and over time. Trait psychologists believe that
people differ from one another in terms of where they stand on a set of basic
trait dimensions that persist over time and across situations.
character entails knowing our values and living our lives values and integrity
based on principles and self-reflection, and courage. Having
good personality traits involves being loyal to our friends and family. Being
respectful to other. One cannot gain respect if they don’t give respect. Be responsible
in your obligations. Be humble. Humility goes a long way. Be compassion,
emphatic, fair and learn to forgive.