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Do You Play to Win—or to Not Lose?

Do You Play to Win—or to Not Lose?
Know what really motivates you.


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Our Own Personal Motivation

Our Own Personal Motivation

A whole lot of ingredients go into the cauldron of motivation, and each one of us has different personality attributes, requiring a specific and tailored approach. The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator tool identifies one’s personality type by providing indications like:

  1. One’s degree of introversion or extroversion.
  2. Usage of feelings or thinking while making decisions.



Promotion And Prevention Work Personalities

  • In a professional setting, the promotion-focused people are optimistic, speed-oriented, great brainstormers, plan for best-case scenarios and are also open to new opportunities. The people rely on positive feedback and can be dejected when things are not right. They like to think out-of-the-box and dive into work such as musicians, copywriters, inventors and consultants.
  • Prevention-focused people are slow and steady, provide accuracy, and have tried and tested ways of doing things. The people are uncomfortable with short deadlines, praise, and feel worried or anxious when things aren’t going smoothly. Being risk-aversive, they do great in administrative work, bookkeeping, accounting, manufacturing and risk-management work. Any job requiring accuracy and attention to detail would fit these personality types.


Motivational Fit

It enhances and sustains the value of the individual. When managers' motivational strategies do not align with the dominant focus of one employee (prevention or promotion), then it is less likely the individual will achieve one’s goal.


The Right Motivational Story

Different personality types are inspired and motivated by different types of stories.

The promotion-focused ones find inspirational leaders stories to be engaging and effective, whereas the prevention-focused individuals are impressed with cautionary tales of someone who didn’t follow the path.


The Right Mentor

The right mentors and bosses play a significant role in the motivation of the individual.

When there is a mismatch between the employee and the boss, the work commitment and enjoyment declines.


Goal Framing

The right language, especially in framing a goal has a big impact on the performance of an employee.

  • The prevention-focused employee gets motivated by a different kind of language, which emphasizes on the inconvenience and the pitfalls of their assignments.
  • The promotion-focused employees get motivated by language that is inspiring and makes the work enjoyable and tantalizing.


Feedback: Giving And Receiving

Promotion-focused employees like to receive feedback in which the manager is acknowledging and praising their excellent efforts. Prevention-focused employees respond well to criticism and the looming possibility of failure and try harder to achieve the goal when they are made to feel insecure.

It is a sound strategy not to be overly positive with the prevention-focused, or overly critical with the promotion-focused.



Rewards and incentives vary according to personality type.

  • The fear-based strategies that instil insecurity in the employees (The Stick) work well with the prevention-based employee.
  • 'Carrot' based strategies that are rewarding success, work best with the promotion-based employees.



Have Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is being willing to look at your mistakes or failures with kindness and understanding—without harsh criticism or defensiveness. 

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Remember the "Big Picture"

Thinking Big Picture about the work you do can be very energizing in the face of stress and challenges because you are linking one particular, often small action to a greater meaning or purpose. 

Something that may not seem important or valuable on its own gets cast in a whole new light. 

Rely on Routines

Every time you make a decision, you create a state of mental tension that is, in fact, stressful. 

The solution is to reduce the number of decisions you need to make by using routines. If there's something you need to do every day, do it at the same time every day. Have a routine for preparing for your day in the morning, and packing up to go home at night. Simple routines can dramatically reduce your experience of stress. 

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Roles of psychologists and psychiatrists

  • Psychologists, in general, provide assessment and therapy in a group format or individually. The purpose is to improve a persons' well-being.
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Try a few therapists

You will need to feel safe and secure and establish a connection with your therapist. It is reasonable to try out a few until you find the right one.

The right therapist will encourage and support you in making uncomfortable changes.

Word of mouth

Ask your community for mental health specialists recommendations. Consider asking your GP, family, friends or local community.

Once you have a few names, look up their qualifications and read up about them.

What Are the Pros of Incentives?

What Are the Pros of Incentives?
  1. Having a good salary and benefits package is great, but having extra incentives for a job well done makes workers feel appreciated. That decreases turnover and increases profits.

What Are the Cons of Incentives?

  1. Create conflict: those who don’t receive incentives may be jealous of those who do regardless of merit. Those who receive incentives might also be upset if they worked harder than others to get the same reward.
  2. The focus of work becomes competitive instead of being focused on quality and people will only work as much as it takes to earn the incentive.
  3. It eliminates productivity for everyone except top performers who are more benefited by incentives. 
  4. Incentives can become quite costly as they need to continue to rise on a scale of cost in order to remain effective.