How making progress creates motivation

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Step four in the cycle of excellence is making progress. Now, this is a marvelous step. Making progress at any activity that is both challenging and matters to you, that is the key building block of confidence, self-esteem and motivation. And those are three major predictors of a wonderful life. If you want to set a child up to gain confidence, gain self-esteem, gain motivation, set him or her up to make progress at some activity that is both challenging and matters to them. Their absolute score does not matter. Winning a prize does not matter. It is making progress, particularly at those activities that are both challenging and that matter to you. That build confidence. That builds self-esteem and it is a powerful motivator. Now, this step cuts both ways. If try as you might you get nowhere, you make no progress, that is a confidence buster, a self-esteem breaker, a powerful demotivator. So this is why it is critical for parents, coaches and teachers to intervene with those kids who are struggling and getting nowhere, to help them make some progress. Once they start making progress again, then the positive forces kick in.

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Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD

Psychiatrist, ADHD Specialist, & Author

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, EdD is a Harvard-trained Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice in Sudbury, MA (outside Boston) and New York City. The author of 18 books, Dr. Hallowell specializes in learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia, both of which he has himself.  He has also written extensively on general issues of parenting and living in our modern age. He lives in the Boston area with his wife of 23 years, Sue, and their three children, Lucy, Jack, and Tucker.

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