My goal was to pass those courses. Some students may prefer a class like this, but I need interaction and deadlines to help motivate me. On page 264 it states how I felt about studying for the first test..."Goals, like incentives, are affected by their distance in the future." I did well on the tests, but being that we had almost 2 months to read the required chapters for the first test and no other required work or communication in between, my "goal motivational strength" was very low. The week of the test I got an instant drive of motivation :)
Another thought that came to mind after reading about aspirations, goals, and level of motivation was this:
I know this is silly, but it is what came to mind. It seemed as if it was the Coyote's ultimate lifetime goal to catch that Road Runner. He went through extreme measures as Michelle Kwan. Of course Michelle's aspirations were real and she achieved her goal, but its still fun to imagine all the desperate measures the Coyote went through.
I wonder how far or long one will actually keep going if they just can not reach their goal. I like the quote by W.C. Fields, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it."(pg 284)