Motivation – From where?

Motivation – ‘a reason/s for acting or behaving a certain way’

I see so many ‘self-motivated’ people and wander ‘how are they like that?’ or ‘how can I inspire others to be like that?’ First let’s start with what motivation is ‘see above’ and where motivation derives from.

Intrinsic motivation refers to behaviour that is driven by internal rewards.

Extrinsic motivation refers to behaviour that is driven by external rewards such as money, fame, grades, and praise. This type of motivation arises from outside the individual, as opposed to intrinsic motivation, which originates inside of the individual.

With the above definition’s in mind, Extrinsic motivation doesn’t have the depth and conviction to withhold through weariness and obstacles life can often bring. With Intrinsic motivation though, it comes from a place deep in the heart with conviction. Obstacles become stepping stones to achievement rather than road blocks.

With a few daily habits you can build that intrinsic motivation within you. I suggest to start with the following.

  1. Mindfulness practice / meditation
  2. Journalling
  3. Attitude of gratitude

With these practices, you can start to build the ‘why’ in what you do and what you want to do. The ‘why’ is your ‘reason/s for acting or behaving a certain way’ – this is true motivation.

Dan Hodge

 

 

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