Notes To Self 

And Achievement

We are often highly motivated by the recognition and acknowledgment of our accomplishments.

Recognizing this serves as a powerful catalyst for personal and professional growth, as it not only validates our hard work and dedication but also inspires us to reach even greater heights.

The opportunity for personal and professional growth further fuels our motivation, as it presents us with the chance to expand our knowledge, skills, and capabilities.

It allows us to continuously learn, develop, and evolve as individuals, paving the way for new opportunities and achievements.

The combination of recognition and the opportunity for personal and professional growth serves as a driving force that propels us forward, enabling us to unleash our full potential and achieve remarkable success.

Question for Reflection: How can you proactively seek contructive recognition for your accomplishments and create opportunities for personal and professional growth?

- Carlos Vettorazzi

June 3 2012 Psychological Concepts

And Justice

Our perception of fairness and justice in the distribution of rewards and resources plays a crucial role in motivation.

It is important to note that when we perceive a fair distribution of rewards, we are more likely to be motivated to put in the necessary effort.

The balance between input and output is a key factor in this process in many areas of life.

When there is a fair and equitable distribution of rewards relative to the input provided, we are more likely to feel motivated and satisfied with our work.

Question for Reflection: How can you advocate for fairness and justice in the distribution of rewards and resources in your personal and professional life?

What is the first step you can take to fix it?

- Carlos Vettorazzi

August 3 2012 Psychological Concepts

and challenging goals

Setting specific and challenging goals provides clear direction.

When we have well-defined goals, we are more motivated to take action and strive for excellence. These goals serve as a roadmap for our personal and professional growth.

Having clear and specific goals allows us to measure our progress and track our achievements.

If we can’t see it, we have a hard time believing it. Seeing how far we have come and how much we have achieved gives us a sense of accomplishment.

It is important to emphasize that the goals we set should always be aligned with our values and purpose.

When our goals are in harmony with what truly resonates and matters to us, we are more likely to stay committed and motivated throughout the journey.

- Carlos Vettorazzi

October 9 2012 Psychological Concepts​

Self-Determination Theory

The theory states that we have natural psychological requirements for independence, proficiency, and connection.

SDT suggests that intrinsic drive stems from an inherent wish to take part in pursuits that grant genuine gratification and pleasure.

Ryan and Deci researched the topic in-depth and published extensively on it, resulting in significant impacts on psychology, education, and organizational behavior fields.

The concept of intrinsic motivation is now a fundamental aspect of motivational psychology, shaping the way practitioners, life coaches like myself and researchers perceive and handle human motivation.

This theory places significant emphasis on the importance of three fundamental psychological needs that individuals possess.

According to the Self-Determination Theory, there are three motivators that drive us to take action:


We need to have a sense of independence and control over our own actions and decisions.

We need to have the freedom to pursue our goals and make choices that align with our values and interests.

Question for Reflection:

How can you cultivate a greater sense of autonomy in your life, allowing yourself to make decisions and take actions that align with your values and aspirations?


We need to feel capable and effective in our activities and pursuits. To be able to create opportunities to develop and showcase our skills, as well as to experience a sense of mastery and achievement in our endeavors.

Question for Reflection:

How can you nurture your sense of competence and create opportunities to develop and showcase your skills, ultimately leading to a greater sense of mastery and achievement?


We need social connections and relationships in our lives to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness with others.

This is where the feeling of meaningful and supportive interactions with others stems from.

When we have a clear sense of purpose, we possess a strong internal motivator that accompanies us wherever we go.

When we feel that our actions are meaningful and contribute to a greater cause, we are more likely to find the activity itself inherently rewarding.

Question for Reflection:

How can you cultivate meaningful connections and contribute to a greater cause in your life, thereby finding intrinsic motivation and fulfillment?

- Carlos Vettorazzi

June 16 2010 Psychological Concepts​

Attachment theory:

This theory focuses on the importance of early relationships and how they shape our ability to form and maintain healthy relationships throughout life.

By understanding attachment styles, you can develop more secure and fulfilling relationships with others.

- Carlos Vettorazzi

September 12 2011 Psychological Concepts​

Psychodynamic Theory:

This theory explores the unconscious mind and how past experiences and unresolved conflicts can influence present behaviour and emotions.

By gaining insight into your unconscious processes, you can better understand yourself, identify patterns and work towards resolving internal conflicts.

- Carlos Vettorazzi

October 9 2010 Psychological Concepts​

Cognitive Theory:

This theory focuses on how our thoughts and mental processes influence our behavior and emotions.

By understanding cognitive processes, you can identify and challenge negative thought patterns, develop more positive thinking, and improve your overall well-being.

- Carlos Vettorazzi

December 12 2010 Psychological Concepts​

Humanistic Theory:

This theory emphasises the importance of personal growth, self-actualisation and realising one's potential.

By adopting a humanistic perspective, you can focus on self-awareness, self-acceptance and personal development, leading to a greater sense of fulfilment and happiness.
- Carlos Vettorazzi

May 8 2012 Psychological Concepts

Social Influence Theory

Acknowledges that we are influenced and motivated by social norms, seek approval, and are shaped by the opinions of those in our social circles.

This statement encapsulates the idea that our personal development, behaviors, attitudes, and values are significantly influenced by the individuals with whom we spend the most time.

This concept is often attributed to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, who emphasized the impact of our social circles on our lives.

The people we spend the most time with wield a huge influence over our behavior.

Our outlook on life, motivation levels, mental health, and personal growth are all influenced by the people and things in our immediate environment.

Question for Reflection:

How can you intentionally surround yourself with people who inspire and uplift you, creating a positive and empowering environment for personal growth and motivation?

- Carlos Vettorazzi

September 27 2011 Psychological Concepts​

Behavioural theory:

This theory emphasises the role of learning and conditioning in shaping behaviour.

By understanding the principles of behaviourism, you can identify the factors that drive your actions and behaviours and make conscious decisions to modify or replace undesirable behaviours with more desirable ones.

- Carlos Vettorazzi

March 23 2011 Psychological Concepts

Socio-Cultural Theory:

This theory examines how social and cultural factors shape our behaviour, thoughts and emotions.

By understanding the influence of society and culture, you can gain insight into your own behaviour and the behaviour of others, leading to better interpersonal relationships and cultural sensitivity.

- Carlos Vettorazzi

June 8 2012 Psychological Concepts

Motivation theories:

Motivation Theories explore the factors that drive human motivation and behaviour.

Understanding concepts such as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, needs and goal setting can help you identify your own sources of motivation and take steps to achieve your goals.

- Carlos Vettorazzi

November 2 2012 Psychological Concepts

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