How You Literally Can Get Motivated
What would you think of a book with this as its subtitle: “Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal, And Accelerate Your Success With Motivational DNA”? Well, while I don’t know what your answer would be, mine was, “Wow does this author have delusions of grandeur? Is she a tad bit overly confident? Can this 291 page book deliver on the title?
Having recently heard Tamara Lowe speak at a conference, attended by 9,000 folks, which her business organized, I know she is a powerhouse. But still, that is one tall claim and I tend to shy away from words like “any,” which used in this context conveys the notion of every single one. There are often exceptions, extenuating circumstances, a variety of factors…well you get my point. So, while I was impressed by Tamara and moved by her story, I ordered the book and decided on a wait and see approach.
When possible and germane, I like to include photos which I’ve taken with my hubs. I’ll be the first to admit the photo with this hub is a bit curious. But if a picture truly is worth a thousand words, then you’ll get my point when you see that I dog-eared just about every other page of this book. It is densely packed with useful, insightful, and practical information.
As part of my education, I've taken post-graduate pastoral counseling training; and I am familiar with several of the standard instruments used for testing aptitude, personality types and even psychological disorders. Given this, I can tell you that Tamara’s brief questionnaire, which she calls the Motivational DNA Profile Tool is absolutely superb. With 21 questions, this instrument gets at the very heart of what motivates each of us.
Based on extensive research which recognizes that everyone has a unique and distinct motivational style, these questions are designed to effectively get at what constitutes our motivational code. And by understanding what is de-motivating to each of us, as well as motivating, we can understand our Drives, Needs, and optimal Awards in order to get into our personal Achievement Zone.
The material is readily accessible and easily understood and applied. Once we understand our Motivational DNA the easier it is to consistently motivate ourselves, as well as others. Motivation is the power which creates and sustains effective action; with this personalized understanding we really can overcome any obstacle and achieve our goals. In other words, I believe this book does deliver. And Tamara’s research and extensive experience bears this out.
The first question is answered by choosing the statement that best describes you:
“I am a supportive, friendly person who seeks intimacy with others.” Or “I am an achievement-oriented person who seeks to excel.” After answering the questions our type is known and the instrument has been shown to correlate consistently across a broad spectrum of people regardless of personality, gender, age, culture, etc.
I love tests and questionnaires and have taken this one twice. The results are enlightening, helpful and “right on.” She addresses work styles, temperament, communication styles, cognitive processes, and a whole range of factors along with giving valuable practical application. The descriptions are absolutely brilliant and ring resoundingly true.
The book has lots of stories about well-known figures who serve to illustrate the various motivational types and while there is a lot of depth the material remains highly readable and very enjoyable throughout. She also has some marvelous insights on how to motivate children, using her two very different sons as inspiring examples.
If you want to learn what keeps you stuck - regarding work or business, in your relationships, regarding personal goals, your health, or any other area of your life, and what you can do to catapult yourself to the next level of personal fulfillment, I encourage you to read this book.
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