Motivation can be defined in numerous ways, but there are two basic definitions or descriptions. It can be defined as the main reason or reasons that individuals partake in a certain behavior, specifically human behavior pursuant to the study of psychology or neuropsychology. It can also be defined as the driving force that initiates and drives an individual's behavior. It is the internal energy that propels us to achieve our goals. Typically, it is considered to be a dynamic state of mind not concerned with personality.
There are three aspects of human behavior that motivation is based and founded in:
1. arousal of behavior
2. direction of behavior
3. persistence of behavior
Arousal of behavior relates to a specific thing that activates behavior whereas direction of behavior relates to what is responsible for directing the behavior. Persistence of behavior relates to how the behavior is sustained.
What drives an individual to be successful is referred to as motive. Usually, all motives fall into one of three categories and are considered to be physiological or psychological in nature:
1. homeostatic motives - hunger, respiration, thirst, etc.
2. nonhomeostatic motives - curiosity about the environment, seeking shelter, etc.
3. learned or social motives - achievement, approval, power, social affiliation, etc
In any endeavor that an individual undertakes, motivation (or the lack thereof) is the key element behind the success or failure of the endeavor. It plays a key role in the workplace where the effective performance of an employee is concerned. Management or supervisory personnel have a direct impact and play a significant role in employee motivation in that they employ different motivational techniques to raise productivity levels. It also follows that this has a direct effect on the cooperation levels between the employer and the employee.
Motivation can also be classified as
1. negative or positive
2. obvious or subtle
3. intangible or tangible
Education or learning is also interrelated with motivation and instructors will oftentimes employ motivational techniques to get their students to learn. It can benefit the student by making them more competent as well as encouraging confidence and the ability to solve problems.
Self-motivation has also been classified into two different types:
1. Extrinsic - generated by external factors
2. Intrinsic - generated by internal sensations and is longer-lasting than extrinsic
Self-motivation is considered to be intrinsic in nature, and originates from an individual's internal drives. It is the basis for overcoming obstacles in the path of achieving one's goals. Additionally, certain external factors are responsible for driving a person into undertaking a new project or to move in a positive direction. Characteristically, self-motivation is comprised of three factors:
Since an individual cannot rely on others for motivation, self-motivation has to come from within. It plays a key role wherein the individual gathers the courage and strength to achieve certain goals, and is essential for developing new undertakings or making a positive change in one's lifestyle. Training programs have been proven to be the best way to educate oneself in order to improve motivation and self-motivation.
What is it about a business that can wreck someone? Have you experienced that pain before? It can break you down and make you wonder if there is even a possible way out of it. Have you put your whole heart and trust into something that didn't work out? I have. I know what that is like and I sympathize with you.
I remember starting businesses with the thoughts of millions of dollars, success, luxuries and enjoyment beyond comprehension. I would stay up all night dreaming about how I was going to be successful with my business. I would do anything to create that success. I would read, study, market, ask questions, whatever it would take and in the end fear set in and hurdles seemed to be too big for me to understand.
How do you know if a person is willing to attain self improvement? This is a question with no definite answer. It will all depend on the individual.
Many people have goals, dreams or ambitions but do not know how to go about achieving them. They may have thought about what would make up self improvement and their ideal life, but have no idea how to even begin to make the plans and take the actions required to make them a reality.
"It is as if evolution has built a safety device in our nervous system that allows us to experience full happiness only when we are living at 100% - when we are fully using the physical and mental equipment we have been given." ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, persuasively. . . are you functioning at 100% of your capacity? We're born to learn, thrive, live and search for happiness, meaning and fulfillment, and yet many find these things to be out of reach. Why is it that some people struggle with their finances, their love relationships, their weight, and a general lack of motivation, while others seem to live up to their full potential with ease?
We're living in accelerated times with technology advancing faster than we can keep up with it. As a result of all the external stimulation, I believe we have a disconnect with our other-than-conscious selves. Once we repair that disconnection, amazing, miraculous things can happen.
If we consider our subconscious mind a friend, and communicate with it directly, succinctly and, in a way, strictly, we can move mountains.
The gentle giant is a power capable of being harnessed to aid us in our pursuit of fulfillment. They've been with us since the minute we were born and since then, they've been learning by observing what it is we hear and do.
Everything that goes on around us is being filtered into this other-than-conscious.
As children we were conditioned whether that be through rewards, punishments, through school and experiences. Our other-than-conscious learned too--it learned to expect certain ways of being, creating metaphorical maps of what we could expect out of life based on this early conditioning.
Of its many roles, the subconscious is a powerful persuader--self-persuader--and when you understand this, you are naturally able to engage its help.
The main function of the other-than-conscious is to keep us alive. Another is to keep us doing exactly what we've always been doing. This is, at times, problematic, especially when you're trying to make big changes in your life.
It's possible that your other-than-conscious has been sabotaged by negative conditioning. It runs on a 'I can't do that' program. This part of the brain is responsible for turning something into a habit by helping you know something on 'auto pilot' instead of having to 'remember' it. This works both positively and negatively for us.
As we reframe the power of our other-than-conscious as a partner instead of something we hardly ever consider or communicate with, it can really make an enormous difference in our lives.
So the big question is: how do we befriend this gentle giant? Well. . . how do you make any other friend? You gain rapport with them. It's that easy.
I thought this was silly at first too. I thought, 'Why do I have to make friends with a part of myself?' Take that leap of faith and you're going to find a huge difference in your life.
And this is how to do it: Give yourself a little pep talk. Ask for what you need help with. 'Dear Gentle Giant. . . I'd love to double our income. I think we're absolutely worth it.' Or maybe, 'Hi. I know we've had some rocky relationships and there has been a bad pattern created and now, I'd like to end that and have a great connection. What do you think? Let's do it together.'
You could also ask for help with things you're learning, as in, 'Gentle giant, I would absolutely love to have my persuasion skills increase exponentially. You are really the one I can count on for help.'
Everything that you are, everything that you do, and everything that you have began with your intention to have it in one way or another is controlled by your other-than-conscious mind. All you have to do is tap into your persuasive power and your persuasion skills will naturally develop.