Understanding Motivation

Laura Novakowski  -  Feb 07, 2011  -  Comments Off on Understanding Motivation

Understanding that our motivations cause us to act or not act is a major key to personal and professional success. To further drive home this point, let’s start with some basic definitions for motivation.

  1. wordnetweb.princeton.edu -“the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior.”
  2. en.wikipedia.org – “the activation or energization of goal-oriented behavior. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic.”

If our motivators help or hinder us in achieving our goals, I’d like to offer some tips that can be considered to ensure that we achieve the positive results and goals that we desire.

Tip #1 – Set aside time for reflection and review of your motivators. Identify interests, fulfilled and unfulfilled dreams and goals and create a motivation journal.

Tip #2 -Focus on the positive goals or change that you want. The more positive and attractive the thoughts and images, the more likely you will be motivated to achieve the goal.

Tip #3 – Research individuals who have been successful. Read biographies, view movies and videos, interview successful people in your community.

Tip #4 – Find an accountability buddy or buddies. An accountability buddy is a person who will support, listen and provide honest feedback to help you discover what is hindering or supporting your growth.

Tip #5 – Measure your progress. Create a system that tracks your success, your challenges, your opportunities to change and grow.

Tip #6 – Be adventurous. Get out of your comfort zone, attend diverse social, community and employment opportunities.

Tip #7 – Have fun. Understanding one’s motivation is a large part of our life and work journey and so we might as well enjoy the ride.

“The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you’ve just done something as well as you can do it.”
Lloyd Dobens

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