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Motivation. What is it?

Motivation. What is it?

Struggling to get things done? Wondering why you just cannot be bothered to do something? This is related to something called motivation (or lack of it in these cases). This is something everyone comes across at some point in their life… Or not. Finding motivation and losing motivation are actions that most people go through in some stages of their life. But what is the real definition of motivation? Why is it sometimes so easy to lose & so easy to gain? Everyone experiences this is a different way.

motivation is a condition inside us that desires a change, either in the self or the environment.

The essence of motivation is energized and persistent goal-directed behaviour. When we are motivated, we move and act.


Definition of motivation.

Motivation is the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviour, it is the driving force behind human actions.

Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that activate behaviour.


Types of motivation

Extrinsic motivations: Are those that arise from outside of the individual and often involve rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition, or praise.

Intrinsic motivations: Are those that arise from within the individual, such as doing a complicated crossword puzzle purely for the personal gratification of solving a problem.



Anyone who has ever had a goal (like wanting to lose 20 pounds or run a marathon) probably immediately realizes that simply having the desire to accomplish something is not enough. Achieving such a goal requires the ability to persist through obstacles and endurance to keep going despite difficulties.


Activation: Involves the decision to initiate a behaviour.

Persistence: Is the continued effort toward a goal even though obstacles may exist.

Intensity: Can be seen in the concentration and vigour that goes into pursuing a goal.


How to feel more motivated?

Sometimes you might feel completely unmotivated and that is ok. In that situation, allow yourself to feel the discomfort, hear the negative self-talk, and then take action!

1.   Get positive.

Meanwhile, research shows happiness increases productivity and success. It is optimism. So how do you get optimistic if you are not feeling it?

Monitor the progress you are making and celebrate it. Harvard’s Teresa Amabile‘s research found that nothing is more motivating than progress.

2.   Get rewarded.

Rewards feel good. Penalties feel bad. And that is why they both can work well for motivating you.

Research shows that rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things.


3.   Get peer pressure.

Surround yourself with people you want to be, and it is far less taxing to do what you should be doing.

When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real.

The groups you associate with often determine the type of person you become. For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change.


So there you have it, a brief description of what motivation is and what it is all about. There are many different types and different ways to deal with it.

So get out there and get motivated!

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