4 Point Friday: Motivation

January 17, 2020

motivationSelf-motivation. How do we stay motivated? It can be so fleeting. You read a book, listen to an inspiring speaker, or hear a “motivating” podcast. You get fired up, you're ready to roll. But over time, motivation can tend to fade and we are looking for the next “fix” on getting motivated.

There are a lot of theories as to why, but what we do understand about motivation has to do with intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic, motivation from within, is the real form of motivation that can keep you going even in tough times or when things aren’t going your way. Extrinsic or external can be more “sugar coated”, offering some quick or near term motivation but can fade with time. Salary is a form of extrinsic motivation as an example. Over time, everyone wants more, almost like a drug. Intrinsic is typically most powerful when formed around a purpose (why) or a passion, something that manifests in longer term goals or a vision. This type of motivation can keep you fueled for the long run and not searching for continuous feeds of motivation.

Sure, we can all use some pep talks, inspiring books, and more short-term rewards to aid us and keep us going. But this can’t be the only forms of motivation to keep you going. Ultimately, motivation must come from within and a lot of it is indeed determined by your mindset.


1. Interesting article to read…

In this article, Elle Kaplan talks about some key viewpoints on getting to and trying to maintain a state of self motivation with the backing of science. Of course, as we have also noted in past content, goals are an important part of motivation but she also notes ownership and holding yourself accountable for your progress, which we couldn’t agree with more.


2. Interesting quote to ponder…

“Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

- M. Scott Peck

3. Tips and Techniques… Book to Check Out

Develop a growth mindset to drive your motivation…. One key aspect of reaching self-motivation is to change your mindset. We are inherently “programmed” growing up to have a fixed mindset, learning what you learn in school and as you get older, settle in and you are what you are. Do your job. On the flip side, is the growth mindset that says we are not defined only by past learning relationships experience, but have the tremendous capability to continue learning and gaining valuable experience to continue growing. If you can adopt this mindset, you will be driven to not only learn and grow, but also set goals and get after them. It will develop intrinsic motivation, which is the best motivator because it is driven from within.

An excellent book that talks about a growth versus fixed mindset is Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset”

You can also check out Carol Dweck giving a talk on developing a growth mindset in the video, Developing a Growth Mindset 


4. The Other… Reflection and Test Yourself

Take this quiz to see where you land as far as self-motivation and maybe find some opportunities to improve. 


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