Watching the world cup over the next few days will show everyone what happens when you’re sources of motivation shift in balance slightly. When your fear of failure outweighs your desire to succeed, performance is likely to suffer. When the desire to succeed is the primary driver and fear of failure is simply part of the bargain, you’re more likely to proceed with a proactive, assertive, enjoyment filled performance. Balancing the scales of motivation is always a challenge but sometimes your circumstances can do a lot of the work for you.

Now let’s watch and see if the theory holds true!