Sometimes when you examine
your attributions, you come to believe that uncontrollable factors explain
why you do or do not succeed at different academic tasks.
- Crediting or blaming
uncontrollable factors (innate ability, other people, luck)
Sometimes we attribute what
happens to us to uncontrollable factors. These factors, such as innate
ability (talents we are born with), luck, or other people (like our
teachers), are not factors we can control. Attributing what happens
to you to these factors can make you feel frustrated and out of control.
Believing that the outcomes in your life depend on the actions or contributions
of some outside force or person can have extremely negative consequences
on your level of motivation.
Think about the following two
- Why should you feel motivated
if nothing that you do really matters?
- If everything that happens
to you comes from some source that you have no control over, then
why even try?
If you agree with the assumptions
underlying these two questions, attributing your college success to uncontrollable
factors can lead to lower motivation.
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