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motivation with a negative attitude

Positive attitude is one of the keys for his productive career. There are many times if not all where attitudes tend to weigh in our decision making, sometimes making it hard to see some things that might benefit us. Its hard to put attitudes aside especially when we feel very strongly about something. But attitudes (negative) need to be put to the side when critical thinking is needed if we are to make an effective decision.

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Keeping people motivated for the long-term is difficult no matter what the case..
Extrinsic motivators tend to lose their motivating properties because they are external in nature. They deal with motivators such as money, praise, and other outside forces. Sometimes intrinsic motivators are better suited for long term because they deal with more of satisfaction of accomplishment, and not so much for external forces.
Often times we wonder how people who have a large amount of money are un-happy or they do things that we do not understand, or they are depressed. They are enamored by all of the external motivators, and they never truly find the motivator internally that satisfies them.
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To produce greater intrinsic motivation, I think that jobs in today's workplace need to take in consideration the value of the individual. When people feel like they are part of something greater, they have a sense of worth. Individuals are more likely to experience intrinsic motivation when they have accountability and decision-making authority. They will also be more motivated when they are an integral part of the team and can see their impact on the company as a whole.
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Extrinsic motivators may lose their motivating properties in the long-term for the following reasons. When people, or better yet employees are offered extrinsic motivators the employer generally wants more of their time. Many times financial motivators are offered when situations arise that managers need more manpower. The managers pool of manpower resources are generally a fixed number of employees. When a task arises that the manager can not accomplish with the existing labor pool, financial incentives are a quick solution. The employee generally accepts possibly believing the situation probably will not occur many times. But, when the situation starts happening on a regular basis, the employee is forced to weigh the extra money against their forfeiture of time off and relaxation. If the employee's desire is to have their time to themselves then the extrinsic motivator will begin to lose its appeal.
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Motivation with Negative Attitudes:

Negative attitudes need to be put aside when critical thinking is needed to make effective decision. One of the distinct features of a critical thinker's attitude is their tentativeness, skepticism and open-mindedness. One hand a critical thinker is supposed to consider views that are not similar to their own and at the same time is expected to recognize which viewpoints do not merit consideration. Skepticism is an attitude which allows a person to critically think about the downsides of a certain decision before making the decision. Being fair and skillful in evaluating actions and beliefs, it is imperative that other's views and positions be considered on the issue that is to be judged. Open-mindedness allows this examination of bad and good sides of the matter being examined. The examining of other's thoughts though should be to arrive at truth and not to find fault. In addition critical thinkers attitude should be characterized by intellectual humility where after examining arguments and evidence, if the conclusion results to something different to what is cherished, the person adheres to it ...

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Motivation with a negative attitude is determined.