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Constructive Suggestions for Motivation

It is your responsibility to make college a growing experience for yourself. The following suggestions and resources may be helpful to developing a consistent system for motivating yourself through your university career. When you come across issues that you find you might be slow to address or overwhelmed with, it is necessary to have a strategy for motivating yourself to face them and move forward in a positive way.

Attack the problem of goal setting directly

Gather information about your interests, abilities, values, and needs. The following may be useful in this process:

  • Tests
  • Counseling
  • Self-evaluation

Gather information about occupations:

Gather information about training requirements and training programs:

  • Using Career Services occupational files.
  • Using college and other catalogs.
  • Get first-hand information from professors or those in the field.

On the basis of the information you find, start making decisions that lead you in directions you want to go.

Attack personal problems directly

Using the services of Cook Counseling Center:

  • Individual counseling or therapy
  • Self-help materials
  • Group counseling or therapy

Attack the problem yourself:

  • Self-evaluation.
  • Direct confrontation of others involved in the problem.
  • Accept responsibilities for initiating changes you want to make
Motivation Checklist

The following checklist may prove helpful in getting at the sources of poor motivation. If you want to improve your motivation, you may want to choose a self-directed improvement program or use the information as a focus for counseling.

1. Preferring something other than attending this university:

____Would prefer not to go to college.

____Would rather attend another college.

____Would prefer a different kind of training.

2. College as means to an end other than learning:

____To avoid getting a job

____To find a mate

____To have a good time

____To get away from home

____To prove self-worth

3. Distracting personal problems:

____Conflict with same sex

____Conflict with opposite sex

____Conflict with parents

____Lack of confidence

____Undefined resistance to college

____Angry at the world

____Overuse of drugs or alcohol

____Fear of evaluation

____Difficulty in making decisions

____Lack of financial resources

____Marriage problems

____Phobias and other anxieties



4. Lack of interest:

____Undefined vocational goals

____Undefined educational goals

____Course material is not what I think is important

____Interest in school is not the "in" thing among my friends.

5. Continuing self-defeating behavior patterns:

____Excessive dependence on parents or others

____Fear as a motivator

____Parents as motivators

____Grades or academic achievement as motivator

____High school habits