Friday, August 22, 2014

What Motivates You?

People are motivated to achieve their goals by a variety of reasons. Mostly, they can be combined into one of two camps: Intrinsic or Extrinsic.

“Intrinsic motivation is associated with curiosity, exploration, spontaneity, and interest…extrinsic motivation is associated with actions undertaken to attain an end state that is separate from the actual behavior…determined by some external contengency such as good marks or the avoidance of negative consequences.” (Muller, 2004)

In other words, intrinsically motivated individuals will perform an activity for its own sake rather than to receive an external reward.
Some examples include:
·      Participating in a sport because you find the activity enjoyable.
·      Solving word or logic puzzles because you find the challenge stimulating.
·      Watching a television show because you find it entertaining.

On the other hand, extrinsically motivated individuals perform a task for an external purpose, often to receive a reward or to avoid a punishment.
Some Examples include:
·      Studying to receive a good grade, or a scholarship.
·      Training for a marathon in the hopes of having the fastest time or receiving an award.
·      Obeying the speed limit in order to avoid getting a speeding ticket. 

Taking the time to reflect on what motivates you the most can help you achieve your goals. Identify one or two key reasons why you want to reach your goals. Keeping those key reasons in focus will help you stay focused and overcome procrastination. Your reasons for quitting smoking, or losing weight with friends and loved ones can also provide you with a strong support network who can encourage you when times get tough.


Müller, Florian H., Louw, Johann. (2004). Learning environment, motivation and interest: Perspectives on self-determination theory. South African Journal of Psychology, 34, 2, 169-190.

1 comment:

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