Motivation is the desire to want to do something in order to achieve a certain goal or making an effort in something such as your work. Motivational outcomes can come in all different categories such as expectations, desires, needs, rewards and values. Lets take the example of playing a video game, you are consistently motivated to want to win and beat the enemy of that game, and if you fail, you try again until you succeed.
“The term motivation refers to factors that activate, direct, and sustain goal-directed behavior… Motives are the “whys” of behavior – the needs or wants that drive behavior and explain what we do. We don’t actually observe a motive; rather, we infer that one exists based on the behavior we observe.” (Nevid, 2013)
Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation.
Extrinsic Motivation is where people would set goals in order to achieve an outcome that would have a reward at the end such as a trophy, money or praising from others.
Intrinsic Motivation is more personal. This is when people challenge themselves more as an individual to achieve other goals such as puzzles, crosswords or purely solving a problem.
Motivation is something that you need in every day life. Without motivation, you will not be able to progress and succeed anywhere. You have motivation in you every day of your life. Even by reading this blog post you are tricking your mind into motivating it to want to read this and carry on reading it.