One of the most common mistakes people make when learning is using negative methods. These methods are based on motivating yourself by imagining how bad it is not to be able to do something.
For example, the negative methods include:
- Threats (“If you don’t learn this, you’ll fib this semester!”).
- Exhortations (“It’s important that you learn this!”)
- Pushing (“Hurry up! We don’t have time to waste!”).
However, this kind of motivation works only to a limited extent. It only helps if you are already very passionate about something and are willing to give everything to achieve it. If you want to turn your hobby into a career, you will be strongly enthusiastic about it, such as becoming a fitness instructor.
Otherwise, it can have more of a negative effect and even discourage you from trying at all. Therefore, it is better to use positive methods that are much more effective.