When you try to motivate your children to work harder, you often end up feeling frustrated by the results.
Understanding Internal Motivation
New research is teasing out some of the key elements around motivation. According to Daniel Pink's book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, trying to motivate children using external rewards and punishment is a mistake. The secret for motivating children to high performance lies in encouraging their own internal drive.
Pink describes three elements of true motivation:
- Autonomy: the need to direct your own life
- Mastery: the desire to make progress in your work
- Purpose: the ability to positively impact yourself and the world
For example, if you want your child to practice the piano more, asking these questions might help.
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