Motivation has been a key in many self-development theories as old as time but with recent development in other aspects, this age-old phenomenon seems to have lost its lustre.
Either the theory is over used or the low success rate has led to disappointments. If one were to use the carrot-and-stick method to motivate without other considerations, it would not be surprising that it failed after some time. The simple reason is that such method could only have short-term gains, unless you have a mind of a dog…those canines never get tired of responding to stimuli where food is involved. That in itself is telling. If the right motivation is applied in a consistent manner, the theory could still work. May be it is time to update the theory to include other related issues. Perhaps understanding how the brain works would help. Continue reading