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by DW Green — September 26, 2018

I was cleaning my desk, which I don’t do very often. I found some papers that were several years old! One paper was from, the title was Mastery and Ego Motivational Orientations. Once again sports mirrors everyday life.


Motivational Orientation

Rewards for playing i.e. attention, awards, recognition from others. Awards are secondary to learning and improvement.
Judge yourself against others. Standards are self-imposed and self-judged.
Making money, proving to others. Motivation to improvement is an internal drive, not external awards.
Obstacles are viewed as threats to be avoided (not challenges to overcome). Obstacles are viewed as challenges to overcome (not threats to be avoided).
Scoring well is better than playing well. Focus is on playing the course.
Competition is a stage to compare with others. Competition is a test of one’s skills.
Poor shots lead to anger and frustration. Poor shots lead to motivation to improve.
Play against the leaderboard. Play against yourself.
Must be successful to boost self-esteem. Self-esteem comes from working hard in practice the right things.
How is he more successful than me? Be the best I can be.


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