BarroMetrics Views: Accountability 3
Great! We’ve finally arrived at Reeder’s equation. The basis is a simple one, the degree to which you are motivated is the extent to which the positives outweigh the negatives.
(Treasures – Troubles) + Contributions – Choices = Commitment (or lack of it).
What are treasures?
Well, here’s my contribution: Our values must form the basis of Treasures. Our goal needs to be based on and formulated in line with, our top values. Once Values are in place, we can think of Treasures as the rewards we are seeking by our goal achievement.
Troubles are the price we pay for our success. Their impact depends on their severity and acceptability. It’s important to bear in mind that Troubles outweigh Treasures by a factor of five to one.
Within the definition of Treasures and Troubles, we fit Gracia’s model. So, for Treasures and Troubles, we not only consider the Rewards of Success and the Pain of failure; we also consider, the Rewards of Failure and the Pain of Success.
Contributions are the irrevocable investments we make in terms if time, talent and tangibles (money and what money can buy). There are times we need to include ‘tenderness’: the giving of self e.g. caring for another.
Finally Choices. The more choices we have, the more commitment will decline.
The strategy to maximising commitment is to increase positives and reduce the negatives. Both books provide a series of strategies to do this as does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
So, over to you. You now have the means to secure any goal you truly desire. You just need enough willpower to run through the equation.