To begin our month-long series on motivation, I think it is important to start with foundational information we can build on over the next three weeks. So, let’s begin!
Motivation can be categorized into two basic types: intrinsic and extrinsic.
What is Intrinsic Motivation?
Sometimes referred to as ‘internal motivation’, this type of motivation is derived from your personal desire to enjoy the process or the result. It is known to bring about satisfaction and joy, independent of others. Often, internal motivation is the most powerful because you don’t have to count on anyone else to get it. At the same time, it can be difficult to muster when circumstances are challenging.
What is Extrinsic Motivation?
Sometimes referred to as ‘external motivation’, this type of motivation is derived from outcomes or incentives outside of one’s self. Many of us crave extrinsic motivation as it can validate our efforts and successes. The risk of solely depending on extrinsic motivation is that if it is in short supply, your level of motivation takes a serious hit.
Examples of Motivators:
|Feeling of accomplishment||Money|
|Knowing you did a good job||Awards|
|Having more energy||Bad consequences|
|Mental stimulation||Time off|
|Interest in topic||Rock Star parking|
|Meeting a goal you set for yourself||Meeting a goal set by someone else|
|Pride in work quality||Bragging rights|
Once you identify your motivators, you can take the next step in getting motivated …
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar