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How would you define motivation as?

It can be a theory that can make us understand as to what makes a person do a particular thing or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa. It gives the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs.

Motivation can also be defined as the desire and action towards goal-directed behavior. This is an important concept in psychology as well as in business, schools, and other areas. For example, we want our children to behave and do their homework. Businesses want to get the population to buy their products. Adults may want to change the behaviors of romantic others. All of these situations are examples of times that we may want to motivate someone else to do what we want them to do.

Motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic.

Intrinsic motivation: Intrinsic motivation would be a desire for change that comes from within an individual.The person may want to learn something because he or she is interested. Another person may want to accomplish a goal or task because it is something he or she feels competent at and enjoys doing.

Extrinsic motivation: On the other hand, extrinsic motivation comes from outside the person. They are bribed to do something or they earn a prize or reward. Paychecks are extrinsic motivators. Fear of punishment and coercion are also extrinsic motivators.
But how are we motivated to do something? What are the factors that can motivate us? hese are some of the pointers that we can ponder upon.

Reward Systems:

People are usually more inclined to complete or do the same task again depending on the rewards they get when they do it. For example: At work, complex tasks were more motivated by the need for autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Being Respected:

When the person feels that he is being respected for his views, he is more motivated to do the work diligently. There is a feeling of superiority and increased self esteem.


Acceptance is a very important factor. When a person is aware of his strengths and weaknesses, he is more focused and motivated in using this strengths in accomplishing the goals.


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