Motivational Strategies to Support You

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and apply motivational strategies to support goal achievement

Every day we make choices. Some are as simple as what clothes we decide to wear, what we’ll eat for lunch, or how long to study for a test. But what about life-altering choices—the ones that leave us at a crossroads? How much thought do you give to taking Path A versus Path B? Do you like to plan and schedule your choices, by making a list of pros and cons, for instance? Or do you prefer to make decisions spontaneously and just play the cards that life deals you as they come?

The videos that follow are about choices for success. Watch them with a keen eye and ear. Take notes, too. You might pick up some good ideas for strategies that can help you reach your goals.

Haroon F. Mirza is the director of business development at Intel Corp. Mirza talks about defining moments, how life is all about choices and how we can create defining moments that can change the trajectory of our lives.

Pay close attention to where he discusses adversity, or hardships. He tells a story about a mother and daughter in a kitchen together in order to teach listeners about how we respond to change.

As you listen to this video, write down a few notes where he goes into detail about how we respond to hardships:

You can view the transcript for “TEDxYouth@Toronto 2011 – Haroon Mirza- The Power of One Moment” here (opens in new window).

Dr. Nido R. Qubein is the president of High Point University. In this video he discusses his book Seven Choices for Success and Significance: How to Live Life from the Inside Out.

Pay attention to when he discusses how your beliefs influence your behaviors. What are his main points about your beliefs and how they influence your motivations?

You can view the transcript for “Seven Choices for Success and Significance | High Point University” here (opens in new window).

Stephen Covey, author of the self-help book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, talks about the role choice has in managing change and accomplishing what we want,

Pay close attention to what he has to say our past experiences and what they teach us. What does he advise us about our personal choices?

You can view the transcript for “Stephen Covey Video on Choosing Success” here (opens in new window).

L’il Wayne is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. In this video he talks about his strategies for success. What is his main point about working hard?

You can view the transcript for “Lil Wayne ‘I TRY NOT TO SLEEP'” here (opens in new window).


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