Anna Karenina begins that all happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
I wrote a blog the other day about what might quantify motivation, and one of my friends commented :
"Maybe I don't understand what motivation means. I've read posts here on SparkPeople where someone will say something like, "I hate being overweight. I need motivation to change." I think hating being overweight is motivation. Motivation isn't enough. Developing healthy habits takes education and practice. Wanting to lose weight isn't enough -- we need to know the steps to get there and we need to practice those step regularly."
I've seen this before in discussions about goals in maintenance. Some people focus on the day to day while others feel a big goal that looks ahead is still needed. To apply the quote from Tolstoy, all dieters have the same goal, but every maintainer struggles to identify their own motivation. We think we are supposed to be motivated by health, but it's frightfully intangible.
I recently attempted to outline some motivations on my Wordpress. I don't want to rely on it overly for this team's content but it's a starting point. happilyeverafter212.wordpress.com/actualiz
I'd say guess the people who say "just do it" are a bit like Captain Picard, or in the mastery category. "Make it so, number one."
I tend to think I'm a bit like Data or Spock, endlessly puzzling over the nature of things and what it means to be human. In terms of Star Trek Captains, I think Sisko was closest to this type, which is why not as many people watched the show, but those who did like it are so passionate about it. "It is not linear."
Is Captain Janeway really the supportive type or am I being sexist? I do think her struggle to blend the crews and stick to the star fleet philosophy with decades of isolated travel ahead of her is an apt metaphor for maintenance. I am not sure of a good quote, besides "Coffee!"
And then there's Captain Kirk, who I'd consider the freedom type. He's just always going off about how people must have freedom even if it makes them unhappy. All the captains have probably given that speech at one point but I really think that's him on the nose.
I didn't watch Enterprise, but I've got an inquiry out about it.
Edited by: VTRICIA at: 9/14/2013 (13:29)
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