What Drives Human Motivation?
Motivation involves biological, emotional, and cognitive forces that activate behavior. It describes why a person does something as it is the driving force behind human action. It does not only activate behavior but also involves generating the factors that direct and maintain these goal-directed actions.
Psychologists have proposed several theories of motivation including drive theory, instinct theory, and humanistic theory. The reality is that there are several forces that guide and direct our motivation.
Types of Motivation
Motivation can be divided into two types which are the following:
1. Extrinsic motivation
These are the motivation that arises from the outside of the individual body and it involves rewards such as money, social recognition or pride.
2. Intrinsic motivation
These are a kind of motivation that arises from within the human body such as a complicated crossword puzzle only for the personal gratification of solving a problem.
Why We Need Motivation
There are several uses of motivation as it serves as a guiding force for all human activities, but understanding how to work. Motivation can:
- Improve the efficiency of people as they move toward achieving their goals
- Motivate the people to take action.
- It gives strength to people to engage in health-oriented behaviors
- Help the people to avoid unhealthy behavior such as taking risks
- Help people to better control their lives and make their decision on their own.
- Improve overall happiness.
Anyone who has a goal immediately realizes that only having the desire to accomplish something is not enough. To achieve a goal requires that you are persistent on your goal no matter the obstacles that are coming on the path of achieving your goal and the endurance to keep going in spite of the hurdles and the difficulties.
Major Components of Motivation
There are three major components of motivation that includes:
- Activation: It involves the decision to initiate a behavior.
- Persistence: It is the continued effort toward a goal even though difficulties may exist.
- Intensity: It can be seen in the concentration and vigor that goes into achieving a goal.
Positive and Negative Motivation
Motivation is the driving force that leads you to your goals, gets you up in the morning and keeps you working on the task, determined to succeed when things become difficult for you. But it may be in the form of negative or positive motivation:
Positive motivation: It focuses on the positive things that are happening around you.
Negative motivations: It focuses on the negative backlash that will occur if you do not take action.
Negative and positive motivations can both affect your project. However, it is much easier to do something that you really want to. But if you do not have a positive plan of action, using negative motivation can make you feel helpless and may reduce your motivation.
Strategies for Getting Motivated
All people experiences variation in their motivation and willpower. Sometimes you may feel depressed, listless, and unsure of what you want or how to achieve your goal, and sometimes you feel fired up and highly driven to reach your goal. If you are feeling low on motivation, Follow these steps:
Focus on your goals and the things that really matter to you
If you are working on a big or overwhelming project, break it into smaller pieces and try setting your sights on achieving that first step toward progress
Remember the things that you have achieved in the past.
If you are thinking about the insecure things you could not achieve anything in your life try to work on improving yourself in those areas so that you feel more skilled and capable.
You should trust in yourself that you can do it. Then no matter that what the difficulties may come in the path of achieving your goal but remain stiff on your goal and trust in yourself.
Happiness is what you feel inside. So if you are happy inside you are motivated outside. Try to remain happy with the things that you have done in the past.
How To Stay Motivated
Set goals: When you fix a goal you make a decision to act in a way that will help you to achieve what you want. Goals give you direction to focus on; this can help you to stay motivated.
Select goals that interest you: You are more likely to stay motivated if you are working toward something that you are genuinely want to achieve rather than what other people want for you.
Find the things that interest you within goals do not: Sometimes other people set goals for us that we do not find interesting or not want to do. So, try and find something within that task does motivate you.
Make your goal public: If you tell your goals to someone or write down your goals, you have essentially made a promise to keep your word.
Plot your progress: When you are working towards something, it can be really motivating if you can see evidence that you are making progress. Draw a create a visual representation of how you are coming close to achieve your goals.
Break your goals into pieces: Start with an easier task and work your way to bigger challenges in your life. It builds confidence in you.
Use rewards: Set any reward for yourself each time you complete a task.
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