Psychologial Motivation Essay

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What would our world be like without motivation and incentive to succeed?Since the beginning of time, competition has been the basis for many social, political, and economic changes. Without competition, there would be no motive to excel beyond previous established norms. For example, athletes would have to compete in sports such as running, swimming, climbing and hiking where there is no camaraderie or motivation to surpass certain limits. Rainer Martens describes competition perfectly in his book Sport Competition Anxiety Test by saying that a competitive situation requires '[a situation] in which the comparison of an individual's performance is made with some standard in the presence of at least one other person who is aware of the criterion for comparison and can evaluate the comparison process.' Sports display competition at its best because of the bonds made out on the playing field between two rivals in an attempt to achieve victory and receive the distinction of being declared 'The Winner.'Winning and losing isn't everything. Competition is all about playing for the love of the game whether it is baseball, football, hockey, track or any sport in which team work and athletic prowess are demonstrated. Some people think that habitual losers are scarred for life, or feel they are inadequate, but personally I feel that losing in sports is completely different. Failure needs to be achieved many times in sports because it gives one more motivation to compete on the field and triumph over previous defeat. In society, we compete for grades, jobs, money, honor, physical appearance and many other distinctions. Failure to achieve success in these areas may greatly affect your life. In sport, however, winning and losing is a formality and neither one dictates your fate.The first issue that needs to be addressed is the distinction between a good winner and a poor loser. A good opponent shakes an opposing players hand regardless of the outcome and circumstances of a sporting event out of respect and admiration for the efforts displayed. However, some people cannot accept defeat, and in doing so give both competition and sports a bad name. These 'poor sports' give writers such as Alfie Kohn valid arguments into the flip side of competition. They give him the ability to say that, 'At best, competition leads one to look at others through narrowed eyes; at worst it invites out-right aggression.' He then states that 'as a result of competition; your value is defined by what you've done and who you've beaten.' In our world, people will always have negative attitudes in any situation whether in work, school, or everyday life. Individuals perceive competitive situations differently because of their personality, abilities or other personal factors. It does not take competition to make these people unhappy, but rather it's their human nature.Due to competition, and the fact that there's going to be a winner and a loser some people feel that rivals cannot be...

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