The facts about Motivation...
According to many articles, motivation is the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal directed behaviors. For instance: An individual has not eaten, he or she feels hungry, and as a response he or she eats and diminishes feelings of hunger. There are many approaches to motivation: physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social. It is the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows that subjects can influence their own levels of motivation and self-control.
To simplify this, I prefer to think of motivation as nothing more than A DRIVING FORCE. Motivation is the force that drives you towards your goal. It is the will that creates the unquestionable level of dedication that is required in order to succeed. Without this force, you are nothing. Many can talk about being motivated but it’s what you do that defines you.
Remaining motivated is not easy and there will be many times throughout your life that others will question your level of motivation and sometimes you may even question it yourself. The important thing to remember is this; there is not a single individual on this planet that can stay motivated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for their whole life. In my personal opinion, the key to maintaining a high level of motivation consistently is by setting achievable and realistic short term goals that bring you 1 step closer to the final goal. By doing so you can create a constant feeling of achievement and success which will then motivate you further.
Never set a goal too high regardless of the advice anyone ever gives you. By all means have a dream because it’s the constant achievement of small and realistic goals that result in your dream becoming a reality. After all, a 3 year old won’t be setting the goal of winning the Tour De France. That may be their dream but the short term realistic goal may be learning how to ride a bike without stabilizers. Then it might be entering a local competition in their early teens. It’s these short term goals that fuel the fire and create a strong desire to succeed.
Now we have established what motivation is and how to maintain it, I would like to move on to the 2 different types of motivation. These are Intrinsic Motivation and Extrinsic Motivation.
Intrinsic Motivation – This is motivation from within yourself. How many of us do what we do day in and day out just because we want to. It’s these people who I have the most respect for. These people are not fuelled by greed or recognition. They push themselves harder than anyone else purely for their love of self-improvement or their pursuit of self actualisation.
Extrinsic Motivation – This is my least favourite type of motivation. These are the people who are motivated purely by extrinsic factors. There is nothing wrong with being motivated extrinsically but the motivation stems from factors such as money or recognition. It just does not seem as pure as intrinsic motivation.
Finally, no matter what you want or how you remain motivated, never let anyone or anything prevent you from achieving your goals. People love to criticise highly motivated individuals because they lack the ability to match your unquestionable level of commitment. Stay hungry and push yourself beyond all limitations to show the narrow minded just how powerful your motivation can become.