In Lesson 4, you will study three critical factors in reaching your goals:
"A lot of people never use their initiative because no one told them to."
|Readings, Resources, and Assignments|
Choose one of the following articles to read and comment on:
|Multimedia Resources (optional)||
Presentation: "Take Some Initiative"
Presentation: "Stop Procrastinating (today)"
Note Sheet for Motivation Article
Note Sheet: Things you can do to overcome procrastination
See "Assessing Your Learning" for details on each assignment.
Check this out! Which one are you aiming to become?
Are you a successful student or a struggling student?
|Successful Students:||Struggling Students:|
|Believe their life experiences and outcomes are based on their personal choices.||Believe that external forces dictate their life experiences.|
|Accept personal responsibility for their life outcomes and experiences.||Do not accept personal responsibility and often blame others.|
|Make wise decisions to attain the type of future or life experiences desired.||Make decisions carelessly without a plan for the future.|
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
To help you prepare for the information contained in Lesson 4 and to help you complete the assessments found in the Assessing Your Learning Section, visit the Key Terms link and play the interactive games using the terms from this lesson.
Please use this dictionary Web site to look up any unfamiliar words in the lesson.
When a person repeats ineffective behaviors even when these techniques don't work, he or she is acting as a victim. When people change their beliefs and behaviors to create the best results they can, they are acting as creators.
Initiative, motivation, and procrastination are critical factors in creating the best life possible for yourself.
Click on the KWL worksheet link and fill out the first two columns (What I Know and What I Want to Know about initiative, motivation, and procrastination). You will fill out the rest of the worksheet as you progress through Lesson 4.
A motivator is what makes you want to achieve a goal. For instance, your goal may be to further your education so that you can get a better job and give your family a better standard of living. Your goals are completing a degree and obtaining a better job. Your motivator is your love of your family.
It is important to find your motivators, because they explain why you will work hard to achieve your goal, even when you get tired and your motivation wanes.
There are three short articles on motivation. Choose one of the three articles to read. Then, click on the worksheet for the article you chose and use it to record your findings from the article.
Procrastination is putting off or avoiding something that must be done. It is natural to procrastinate occasionally. However, excessive procrastination has many harmful effects. It can cause you to feel guilty about avoiding a task when it should be done. It can cause anxiety since the task still needs to be done. Worst of all, procrastination can cause you to do the task poorly, because you are cramming to get it done at the last minute.
In short, excessive procrastination can make you less successful in school, your job, or personal life. The good news is the opposite also holds true. Organizing tasks and allowing enough time to do them well can make you more successful in all areas.
Access the worksheet below and use it to take notes on the presentation below.
Watch and listen to this presentation ("Stop Procrastinating (today)") to review the most effective ways to stop procrastinating. Record the 14 helpful tips on the worksheet.
Motivation is what makes you want to succeed. Initiative includes the actions you must do to succeed. Successful people take initiative and act decisively to achieve their goals, rather than waiting and watching as other people and situations create the outcomes in their lives.
Watch and listen to this presentation ("Take Some Initiative!") to review important points about Initiative.
Take Some Initiative!
Now watch the YouTube video below to see how initiative really can work.
Fill in the third column on your Initiative/Motivation/Procrastination KWL worksheet (What I Learned). If necessary, look back at the notes you took for this lesson to find the most important points that you want to remember.
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Complete the assignments in the Assessing Your Learning section that follows. Type your answer in the template and upload them in the submit section below each assessment.
Note Sheet for Motivation Article 1:
Fill in this worksheet and submit Note Sheet for Motivation Article 1.
Note Sheet for Motivation Article 2:
Fill in this worksheet and submit Note Sheet for Motivation Article 2.
Note Sheet for Motivation Article 3:
Fill in this worksheet and submit Note Sheet for Motivation Article 3.