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eLearning Specialist and the intrinsic motivation

The relationship between eLearning Specialist and the intrinsic motivation is a key factor for the success in elearning course design and development.

The role of intrinsic motivation for the eLearning Specialist

As with any profession, it is essential to be constant and invest continuously in yourself, not falling before the first difficulties, but having clear objectives and tools to use to reach them. For an eLearning Specialist this consideration has a stronger value.

We are used to refer often to external motivation, or encouragement, to the influence of others on our behavior: it is easier to react in front of a compliment, to a suggestion, more difficult to force yourself, especially when faced with difficulties.

Being alone in front of an obstacle is scary: in freelance work there are many daily obstacles and often one faces them “alone”.

This does not mean that you are always alone: it is clear that the business, growing up, will give us the opportunity to hire collaborators and form a team that will simplify our lives, but at the beginning, in the early stages and in any case until we consolidate a sure turnover, it is good to do alone and carefully.

In this particularly delicate phase, it is important to rely on one’s own motivation, internal or intrinsic, which does not depend on external factors and which often opposes them precisely in the most difficult moments:  it is easy to take the ship to port with the still waters, the true captain shows his worth in the storm!

Dependence raises responsibility, independence enhances responsibility and often many people feel oppressed by the freedom to choose and by the fear of making their choices wrong, so  they prefer to delegate to third parties or to blame the external environment for their own failures.

This is evident for the eLearning Specialist even in the difference between an employee and a freelance: while it tends to be easier to rely on the orders of a superior who tells us, day after day, what we must do and relieves us of the daily responsibility of having an overall vision, of updating a strategy,  it is much more complex and burdensome to take full responsibility for one’s own professional life, in all its aspects,  in every single choice, even the one that appears the most insignificant, because it involves costs in emotional, economic and time terms.

This is evident even in the difference between an employee and a freelance: while it tends to be easier to rely on the orders of a superior who tells us, day after day, what we must do and relieves us of the daily responsibility of having an overall vision, of updating a strategy ,  it is much more complex and burdensome to take full responsibility for one’s own professional life, in all its aspects,  in every single choice, even the one that appears the most insignificant, because it involves costs in emotional, economic and time terms.

The lack of intrinsic motivation for an eLearning Specialist often goes hand in hand with the “complaint”,  a bad and unproductive bad habit that, sooner or later, if perpetrated, leads to true failure, that is, it makes us give up every good intention, condemning us to inaction. Can the habit of complaining be so dangerous? Yes!

The complaint leads to low self-esteem, sadness and even to long-term depression  .

The basic problem is that most people believe – wrongly – that complaining is useful. It is in fact a limiting conviction. But the mind has its own convenience in maintaining this bad habit. In other words  complaining does not produce results in terms of changing the situation we are experiencing  , but produces other results, has its own intrinsic utility: that is, the utility of leaving things as they are, not progressing, not making changes.

It is an intrinsic interest of the brain to ensure the survival of the organism, regardless of any internal or external condition: every change is therefore perceived as dangerous, because it can technically put at risk the consolidated balance. When we try to change our habit, the brain acts against it. At least at the beginning. And if we don’t have enough intrinsic motivation, sooner or later we’ll give up … making our brains happy, but not us!

 When we fail to get what we want, usually instead of analyzing what in our behavior leads us to the wrong results, we start by looking for external causes against which to throw ourselves,  because it is easier and allows us to delegate the responsibility for our failure to third parties.

The complaint is an excellent tool, an effective picklock with which to expiate our faults to external factors that usually have little to do with our failure, with the aggravating circumstance that, outsourcing the faults, we will remain exactly in the condition in which we are. The complaint will soon take the place of action. And the little intrinsic motivation that was built, will be less because it is crumbled by the force of “external agents” against which we can do little …

Obviously the intrinsic motivation for any eLearning Specialist, although it is an essential factor for the success of every professional, is not the only problem to face, but there are other equally important ones, among which: the capacity of stress management, knowing how to deal with  the uncertainty in the quality of freelance, the absence of working hours imposed externally, which can give you an initial impression of being able to manage your time, but which after a while, without suitable tools, can lead you to no longer have a private life. 

The complex of critical factors typical of the status of freelance is the subject of this other article, which I invite you to read, if you have not already done so: ”  Be a good eLearning Specialist  ”

How do you keep your motivation up? Can you have a rather stable intrinsic motivation?

I await your comments on this.


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