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Posted 2/26/16
At school or work, are you mostly positively motivated or negatively motivated?

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Positive motivation (i.e. "the carrot"): Doing something because you like it or even love it. Doing something because the rewards are great. Doing something because it feels good.

Negative motivation (i.e. 'the STICK"): Doing something because if you DON'T, you'd lose your job, you'd have nothing to eat, nowhere to stay at, you'd disappoint some people, you'd disappoint yourself, you'd get in trouble with someone holding a big stick, et cetera.

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Neither. You mostly do things without a real motivation- Just going through the paces: You're doing something because that's what you've been doing yesterday, the day before and the day before that. You're doing something because there's not much ELSE to do. Because after middle school is high school, after high school is college, after marriage is having kids, et cetera...

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Posted 2/26/16
Negative in my case

I don't even like nursing that much, but it's a field that's hiring.

If I fail this course, that's money and time gone to waste

No job, no money than I'm homeless.

Keeps you on your toes.
Posted 2/26/16
It's mostly negative motivation for me because I see a lot of things as a chore rather than something to enjoy
There's also not many things I particularly enjoy doing but I have to get it done
I sound so lazy lel
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stars201 wrote:

It's mostly negative motivation for me because I see a lot of things as a chore rather than something to enjoy
There's also not many things I particularly enjoy doing but I have to get it done
I sound so lazy lel


You can do it.
Posted 2/26/16
Negatively motivated.
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Posted 2/26/16 , edited 2/26/16
I seem to vaguely remember a time when I was really, really positively motivated on the job

Then as the years wore on the positivity sorta wore off

I keep seeing all the stuff that ultimately makes just about everyone a cynical bastard
Posted 2/26/16 , edited 2/26/16
All of them, all of the time, it's always in a constant flux. Though when I do something I like it's not as if I were chasing a carrot I could never get, it's as if I were eating the carrot and experiencing the joy of eating it, doing something not cause it's good for me but simply because I like it.
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Negativity tends to lead one into a downward spiral@ so.... I tried to approach everything in a positive way - I felt that way about school, and now work.
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1mic wrote:

Negativity tends to lead one into a downward spiral@ so.... I tried to approach everything in a positive way - I felt that way about school, and now work.


I think the crappy world is sometimes really absurd and thus hilarious

Back in school I was one of those students that were just there because they were students. When I got to work I was pretty happy, for a while anyways.
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when the world isn't so good and you can find fun and humor in it - then that is positive+
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When it's something I really don't want to do, I'm hardly motivated at all. For example, despite the consequences, last year I sort of just gave up doing the majority of my homework and ended up failing a grade.

Honestly, I'm such a lazy and unmotivated person that I barely even know how I get motivated when I do, but I'm guessing it's negative. I do a lot of stuff purely because I have to or because a teacher or my mom told me to. And now that I think about it, I don't even do a lot of recreational activities that require you to be super motivated to perform in the first place....

So I guess I'm definitely negatively motivated.
Posted 2/26/16
For most things I am neither. Like homework from school; the level of difficulty of the subject doesn't scare me, because it's more of a routine than anything else xD I'll have to do it anyway. So if now, why later? It's the same with food, sleep and my other needs that I need to carry out on a daily basis.
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Neither. I just get shit done. Feelings have nothing to do with it for me.
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It's never healthy to be negatively motivated. I mean Ya it sucks having to wake up every morning at 4:45 am, get up, drive to work, stay there for 9 hours, and leave, but I will never do it with negative motivation. I thrive on positivity, because it allows me to go through the day with ease just so I can get home and work on my dream.

Saying you do something with negative motivation is the sign of weakness, you are susceptible to stress and lack of actual motivation.

Do I hate my job? Actually no, I just hate the people I work for, greedy business assholes who penny pinch every single dollar they make. I enjoy the people I work with, if I can make their day easier by helping out a little more, we achieve teamwork. I love working with hard workers, and these guys have been through a lot of tough shit in their life, and I respect that, but just because the environment is absolute shit, and our area gets the shit end of the stick so we have to bust our ass that much harder, I'm not going to sit there and bitch about it, i'm not going to get negative, it just fucks you over in the end. So I smile, say fuck it, and continue on with my day.

You won't believe what positive motivation can do to your life. You fall, you get pushed, don't give in, stand up tall and laugh right in their face and accept humility, because if you are the one busting your ass everyday, and another person isn't, who gives a damn! Let the other people be lazy and worthless, it is up to you to give it all you have regardless of what you recieve, because time will pass and the only thing you will have at the end of the day is regret if you don't.

Working a year at my current job has made a new man out of me, I have learned soo much from my crew, just genuine hard working people who always tell you to never have your hands in your pocket, and it's true. Don't just stand there being clueless, find something to do, do it for yourself. I tell Ya the world is a funny place, how fast our generation forgets the value of positivity in everything you do. You think you have it tough? You think I have it tough? Hell no! There are thousands of people out in the world who bust their ass off twice as hard, and the only thing they can be thankful for is that they have a job to go to and support some kind of living.

Just remember one thing. Thousands of dedicated hard working people do other jobs nobody wants to do, why do they do it? Out of negativity? Just to be a miserable person? They do it because nobody will, they do it because it is ultimately the only job they can take. I known someone I work with that I am honored to call a friend, the guy is 56 years old, same age as my dad, but the guy works harder than most people my age. Watching someone work that hard for someone who treats you unfairly, yet he still comes in every day cracking jokes and sticking up for his workers, while the young just stand there with hands in their pocket sneaking out to go for a smoke when nobody is looking and bitching about how they don't want to be there as they are unionized reeping the benifits without doing fuck all. The funny thing is he can't retire even at 56, he's already payed off one kids tuition, and now he's got one more he needs to pay for, and yet he's still busting his ass off more than most of the people working there, the ones who live from pay check to pay check crying that they can't afford anything.

The next time you feel like being negatively motivated, slap yourself in the face so you can wake up. I've seen enough dedication from that man than anyone I have personally known, young or old, that guy showed me something..... work hard, work towards something, it doesn't matter how shitty it's going to be, suck it up and do it, because if you present yourself as someone who doesn't give a shit, that's how people will look at you, and it's easier to work your ass off than to regain peoples trust and opinion of you. By doing this it has given me more drive to actually work harder on my dreams, if I never worked this job I wouldn't be the person I am today, and its funny to think how much more I learned ther than college.

Life sure is funny sometimes
Posted 2/26/16
I've rarely done something out of positive motivation, so it's mainly negative motivation for me...



it's cuz when I was young, people's influence took easy control over me, so I felt like I had to go down the path they recommended.
but for the first time in my life, I feel like i'm doing something for myself for once.

I said, Look I want to write a book, I don't care if it doesn't sell any copy. This is what I want to do. It's empowering, to be honest.
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