FYI | Day 14 – Motivation

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For Your Inspiration! (FYI!) Month 2011 – This article was part of an exciting and challenging month dedicated to discovering passions, setting goals, learning success strategies, and sharing thoughts to ponder throughout the day!  If you’d like to find out what this month was all about, check out FYI Month 2011 for more information!

FYI: For-Your-Inspiration Month!

What Tickles Your Clock?

What lights your fire? What tickles your fancy? What sparks your flame? What gets your clock tickin’?… Alright, enough with the analogies, if you haven’t guessed already, I have one question for you: what MOVITATES you?

Are you a person who’s filled with intrinsic motivation inspiring you to succeed because you are following an interest, passion, or gain pleasure from the process? Or do you need outside stimuli or rewards to get you going?

We are all capable of motivating ourselves (and others); it’s all about finding the right type of motivational method that makes us tick. Are you one of these?:

  • Achievement based – Do you need to work towards something? Do you wish to achieve objectives and advance towards in a specific area. Or is achievement important for its own sake and no reward is necessary? Find a marker you can reach and strive for it!
  • Attitude based – Do you feel good about the work you do? Do you grow your self-confidence and gain a positive attitude by working hard?
  • Incentive based – Do you require a reward for an activity or project to be motivated? Do you require money, prices, or recognition for your work? ‘If you do this… then you’ll get that’ type of mentality?
  • Fear based – Do you need to feel the pressure and stress in order to succeed? Do you need someone breathing down your throat to get the job done? Usually this tends to occur when you don’t want to do something and you are coerced into doing it.
  • Power based – Are you motivated to reach a higher level of status? Do you try to succeed so you gain authority and be able to have control over situations and/or people? People like this desire to create an impact on their organization and work hard to gain in status to be able do so. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Affiliation based – This is the motivation to relate to people on a social basis. They work hard to be part of or keep up with the people they affiliate with. Surround yourself with driven, motivated, and smarter people and it drives you to be a better you.

Motivation All Around Us

Finding motivation around us can be just as helpful. Is your environment conducive for the behavior you are trying to enact (or be motivated about)?

Sometimes it’s easier to change our environment than fight to change our behavior.

Is your work area cluttered with distractions? Can you work on one thing at a time without being distracted by seeing something in your peripheral vision? If you prepare your environment to encourage the behavior you desire, you solve half the battle, and you experience less resistance and feel more motivated to tackle the task at hand.

For Your Pondering…

In regards to motivation and what makes motivation work, here are a few thoughts to think about:

  • Motivation requires a goal.
  • Motivation once established does not endure for long if not repeated.
  • Visualizing ourselves progress helps motivate us.
  • You must first be motivated if you plan on motivating others.
  • Motivation of others requires recognition of their success.
  • A difficult challenge only motivates us if it is possible to win. You have to be able to visualize the end result.
  • Everyone can be motivated; it’s all about finding the right switch.
  • Belonging to a group with common goals helps motivate and keeps you responsible!

Your Task:

Are you stimulated or challenged by your job or area of study? Do you feel like you can make a difference in other’s lives whether it is by simplifying their daily life or making someone happy? Are you passionate about what you do or are you driven by your next paycheck? Do you feel you are making a difference?

Spend time today and think about all the things in your life that motivate you to get up in the morning, to strive for new gains, and to succeed. Why do these things motivate you? What types of motivation do you need?

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