Self Motivation & Positive Attitude

Overcoming Resistance

Motivation effective & ineffective

Our motivation rises and falls, depending upon circumstances. Yet, it also goes through some recognizable stages. Once we understand how these work, we can better motivate ourselves and others.

Motivated Ineffective:

An employee is most motivated when he joins an organization-he want to prove that by hiring him, they made the right decision. He is motivated but he is new. He does not know what to do. So he’s ineffective.

Incidentally, this is the best time for managers to inspire and train people. The best time to clarify expectations. A new employee is receptive and easy to mould. He is raring to go But what happens? Instead of using this opportunity, most managers hire the person, show him his place of work—and then leave him alone.

What a waste of an opportunity. The organization has lost the chance to mould the individual to the company culture. Later may be too late. To motivate your people effectively, you should over supervise them in the beginning. A good manager should invest this time to get to know the new employee, to clarify expectations and explain the resources available.

The key word in the beginning is over supervised. Why? If they’re doing something wrong, you save yourself o lot of loss. And if they’re doing it right, you can always loosen the reins later. If you don’t supervise first and tighten up later, people t will be resentful.

Motivated Effective

This is the stage when the employee hag learned what to do and does it with drive and energy. He has learnt the trade and it reflects in his performance. Then he moves on to the next stage.

Demotivated Effective

After a while, the motivation level goes down The employee learns to get the job done easily. He is no longer motivated but he continues doing just enough so that the employer has no reason to fire him. But he is not really motivated. Most people in organizations fall into this stage. His performance is marginal. He rejects new ideas. He spreads negativity. At this stage he needs training or motivational inputs to bring him bock to the second stage. Good managers will not allow employees to slay in this stage for too long. This is the stage of complacency. People are doing just enough to get by.

Demotivated Ineffective

At this stage, the employer has no choice but to fire the employee. And that’s probably most appropriate anyway.

Blocks of Motivation

You may ask, why do people get demotivated? Why can’t they just stay in the Motivated Effective stage? Many causes get us down. Chief among them are:

  • Unfair criticism
  • Public humiliation
  • Rewarding non-performers (which can be very demotivating for performers)
  • Incompetent boss
  • Lack of direction
  • Office politics
  • Unfair treatment
  • Too much change too fast
  • Playing favorites
  • Responsibility without authority

People also get demotivated if the work environment isn’t supportive: the phone doesn’t work. The fax doesn’t work. After a period of frustration (“How shall I do my work?”) the person just gives up (“Forget it”).


Remember, complacence is the end of motivation. Complacence leads to frustration and when people are frustrated they generally give up because they are not able to recognize what is significant. Even a satisfied person is not necessarily motivated. Satisfaction too may lead to complacence. Motivation comes from excitement and excitement comes from full commitment.

Remove demotivating factors

“Demotivating factors”

One way to trigger motivation is to remove all the demotivating factors. Of course, even that may not always work. Often people don’t change because they refuse to accept personal responsibility.

They may:

  • Lack the desire to change.
  • Lack the discipline to change.
  • Lack the belief that they can change.
  • Lack the awareness for the need to change.

Responsibility without authority can be very demotivating

Activity 1

“What are the possible responses while talking to someone who has lost motivation?”


Different factors demotivate people in the workplace. Stop for a moment and identify some of the things that demotivate you?

Activating 3 : DEADLINES

What would you do if you were issued deadlines by your boss, and at the same time told to seek permission from him if you were to make any changes, however minute, in the project?

Activity 1

“What are the possible responses while talking to someone who has lost motivation?”

  • That is not my job
  • We have always done it that way
  • We have never done it that way
  • I don’t think it will make any difference
  • I am too busy


  • Unfair criticism
  • Public humiliation
  • Rewarding non-performers
  • Incompetent boss
  • Playing favorites
  • Responsibility without authority

Activating 3: DEADLINES

What would you do if you were issued deadlines by your boss, and at the same time told to seek permission from him if you were to make any changes,
however minute, in the project? Ideally you should perform your duties sincerely, but at the same time you should seek authority to carry out your responsibilities – talk to your boss about it in a professional way.