Motivation Theory – What Are The Different Types Of Motivation?

Motivation, like the word itself, is a motivating force for achieving goals, willingness to take action, and desired results. Motivation derives from the root word of motivation, or an urge which takes satisfaction from acts. These desires, needs or aims can be personally acquired through personal influence of society, culture, tradition or can also be generally inherent. Motivational books, movies, music, sports, and activities are some of the sources that provide inspiration for individuals. In short, motivation means personal satisfaction through attaining particular ends.

Motivational books can help to motivate readers toward achieving their set goals. The motivating factor of books for kids, on the other hand, can be coloring books, stickers, storybooks, or journal. The more you read, the more the pleasure and excitement grow within you. This is the same with adults; the more they read, the more motivated they become to achieve their goals. Aside from motivating readers through books and magazines, you can motivate other people such as your boss, colleagues, employees, friends, neighbors, and family members.

The extrinsic rewards are rewards that are not related to the intrinsic motivation. For example, a bonus or salary raise are extrinsic rewards, while recognition or an advance notice are intrinsic motivators. Intrinsic motivation is what drives us to reach for our goals, while extrinsic motivators such as money are typically considered as external incentives. With this in mind, it is important to know whether your actions are aligned with your desired goal.

In line with these two opposite theories, how do we determine motivation? There is a third theory that states motivation is formed when we encounter or deal with demands that are challenging, significant, attainable, satisfying, and challenging. Thus, the motivation for long-term commitment, perseverance, working for something, achieving targets, maintaining jobs, earning and giving, sacrificing, social support, motivation for education, persistence, motivation for travel, working at a demanding job, persistence, setting goals, planning, and getting motivated to start and finish whatever it is that we need to get done. Another theory is that motivation is formed through the experience of overcoming initial obstacles, the fear of failure, the fear of encountering trouble, the need for personal growth, and the need for recognition. These are all three theories about how motivation works.

Based on the theory that states that motivation is formed through the experiences and events that we have, there are many different types of motivators. Some of these motivators come from within, some come from outside, and some are combinations of both. For example, being motivated by accomplishing a personal goal can come from accomplishing a challenge, overcoming a challenge, receiving a reward, a personal development, or simply making progress toward a goal. Intrinsic motivators are those that are not related to extrinsic motivators but come from within the person.

This is a broad explanation of motivation, but will give a good place to start in understanding why some people are more motivated than others. By working with a qualified psychologist, a person can learn how to develop his or her own unique type of motivation. This kind of motivation is one that meets the needs of the individual and that is effective for that person’s life. This is the type of motivation that can help people achieve their goals and help them reach success in areas that they might be having difficulty in previously.

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