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Keys to motivation1 Delaying gratification 2 Persistence 3 Optimism 4 Goal setting 5 Selfregulation 6 Change unwanted habits pg 3pg 42Children who are able to delay gratification from a young are particularly good in future settings regarding academic achievement and social involvement future oriented self control that is predictive of success and adjustment Furthermore children who display the ability to delay gratification are more able to cope with temptation stress and various other thingsOut of sight out of mind principle unsuccessful strategies involve staring sniffing eating small pieces in essence getting closer to the object of gratification Successful strategies are diversions singing dancing etcthis principle is related to maturation of the prefrontal cortex success in later life and the key to motivationA strong stimulus thats right there is difficult to resist you need distractions or affirmations as to why it is important to resist Distancing yourself physically or mentally from the stimulus is also importantPersistence is more important than academic intelligence realizing no pain no gain With persistence one overcomes adversity and continues towards the goal despite punishment or obstacles Sometimes rewards come from the process rather than solely the goal You may be able to persist better if you acknowledge the accomplishments acquired during the process of achieving a goal Optimism is strongly related to persistence Optimism is a highly adaptive outlook that allows people to persist in the face of failure and adversity related to achievement and persistenceGoal setting When developing a longterm goal a useful technique to achieve the goal is to break down your vision into very specific short term goals and targets The goals have to be reasonable measurable and achievable Selfregulation is a complex concept that is more than simply selfcontrol it is a construct that incorporates number features It involves goalsetting managing emotions focused attention regulating cognitive skills developing plans to succeed and the ability to adjust plans based on feedback or acknowledgments Selfregulation one of 24 strengths is something that can be learned and developed it strengthens ones sense of control stimulates maturation of certain areas of the brain that deal with self control furthermore it is linked to achievement and happiness Part of selfregulation is the ability to cease unwanted behaviour pg 42 which involves impeding the existing behaviour while forming other behaviours that will take the place of the unwanted behaviours Prone to repeating past behaviourbeing pulled into the environment Therefore you must determine something you can do or and obstacle you can place in front of the behaviour to
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