There are different types of motivation. They are easy to determine by how you feel when you wake in the morning. In the morning when you hear your alarm clock, what’s going on inside you? Though, it would be better to ask, what you are doing inside yourself. Perhaps, your inner voice tells you, “You must wake up, otherwise you will be late for work and you will have big problems”. Your imagination starts drawing pictures of you being late for your work and the negative results of this silly misunderstanding. And when the pictures, drew by your imagination, become big enough, you tell yourself, “OK! OK! I’m waking up!” Finally, you are motivated enough to wake up. People, who mobilize themselves on certain actions by creating the scenario of what they want to avoid, act the same as was described in the example above.

Now, let’s talk about the other motivation type. You open your eyes and start thinking about what you could do today. Bright pictures of attractive opportunities, which you are visualizing in your mind, get you up and moving as if a huge magnet was pulling you. The only one question, which you could have is, “What to do first?” The question about should you wake up or not is not a question at all. It is a certainty; every one of you can remember a morning when you awoke with thoughts about what wonderful things would happen today! You were visualizing how you would do something pleasant, with great joy, confidently knowing beforehand of your success. You saw yourself doing these actions and moving to success. You realized that this day, connected you with the next, and you are able to achieve the goal you had strived for.

Psychologists have known of these two methods of motivation for a long time. They call one of them – “avoiding failures”, the other – “cause of success achievement”. These motivation types act differently, in different directions, and with different results. All people use both types, but usually every one of us prefers one type to the other. For example, someone could not wake up until he/she imagines his/her boss threatened to fire him/her. Most likely, this person would follow this motivation type – “avoiding failures” in many other situations. When choosing friends, they would concentrate their attention on those people who would not “push” them. He or she would not make the decision about changing their job until they understood that it was impossible to work any longer in their present position.

When a person wakes in the morning with the “cause of success achievement” mindset they can’t wait to get out of the bed and start making their dreams come true. Most of all, in this case, the person will use the same motivation type and in other situations too. For example, when deciding what moment would be better to take a break from work to chat with a colleague or reward themselves for a job well done they would probably make their decision based on achieving their goal or goals, and what opportunities that were presented.

At first look, when comparing these two motivational types, it seems the “cause of success achievement” type is more attractive. As practice shows, both types have their own positive and negative sides. For example, people who are seriously motivated about achieving their goals don’t let obstacles deter them from success. This type of thinking is typical for many entrepreneurs and self-starters. The other extreme; people whose motivation is “avoiding failures”, will avoid at all costs, taking the action that will make their dreams come true out of fear of failure. Both strategies are important. We can use both to motivate ourselves and others to gain success. Both strategies have their appropriate place. When you are suggesting a new development, plan or idea, you will get immediate approval from those who are using the “cause of success achievement” mode of thinking. You will see the completely different reaction from people whose motivational strategy is “avoiding failures”. They will tell you how many obstacles and difficulties you may have on your way, but it’s very important for you to listen to them! They may point out a significant flaw in your plan that you may have overlooked. Listen to both sides, make your decision, and move on to your success!

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