Motivation keeps people alive. We eat because our bodies motivate us towards food; sleeping works the same way. The difference in staying motivated relates to the two types of motivation:
Intrinsic motivation pertains to the autonomous system operating internally, or acting independently. Learned behavior also motivates people intrinsically such as the gratification experienced when attending an art exhibit. The fulfillment we realize motivates and fuels us to seek out other shows, books, or galleries so that we can recreate the same positive experience.
Extrinsic motivation is also a component of human behavior; however, this relates to our personal desires to alter specific habits, appearance, or behaviors. Extrinsic motivation is the most difficult to maintain because we always have the option of saying “no.”
Both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation influence the quality of our lives. Each is necessary and essential for change, health, and well-being. Learning the difference between the two not only strengthens our perception, it affects the people around us.
If you think about the word motive, it denotes movement. Whether the movement is positive or negative, it begins in the brain as a thought and ends with our body accomplishing the goal. We are compelled when motivated towards fruition. These days, organizations of every size are in need of techniques that successfully motivate their employees and keep them motivated; not an easy task.
For years, corporations search for and hire motivational speakers to inspire and motivate staff members. They are continually “motivated” to present these individuals before their employees because there is a noticeable change in production and attitude following this type of scenario.
The speakers who make a successful living at motivating employees possess an objective opinion because they are not dependent on the organization employing them. Many of these professional speakers are effective because they can relate to the audience; having had similar work experiences, education, or jobs. Other corporate speakers find success by incorporating laughter or heartbreak into their speech capturing the audience’s emotions. Honest emotions make us appear more sensitive and human.
Attending a talk given by a professional motivator has the potential for great change depending on the attitude of the person listening. If we listen with an open mind, the speaker might remind us why we choose our profession in the first place. If we attend a class with a closed mind or negative attitude, we’re likely to disagree with any suggestions or ideas no matter how useful they are.
Our goals belong to us. They are personal and they are important. However, achieving our goals may require time, patience, will power, and money. How does a person stay motivated? What techniques can a mother use to lose weight after her baby is born? How does a small business owner keep their staff motivated in a repetitious environment that pays lower wages?
There are many people and businesses who don’t have the resources to hire a motivational speaker. Anybody can suffer from ‘burnout’ leaving them depressed, and uninterested in their job, life, and relationships. Many employers want to keep their staff happy, but find a high turnover rate unavoidable.
Companies are made of people and every person is unique. Even if a person is not actively employed, chances are they are still part of a daily routine that can be monotonous. When a person realizes something is amiss, it is our first inclination to try and fix it. Sometimes the remedy is easy. We go for a walk, clear our minds, play with the kids, or go out to dinner with a loved one or friend. When the problem is more difficult, we may feel ourselves shutting down.
Say for example, you’ve been trying to eat healthy or quit smoking for years. Some people find it easier to change their behavior when they begin noticing adverse health effects such as diabetes or trouble breathing. Some folks have such a hard time denying themselves anything that they ignore the symptoms for the rest of their lives. This is a hard area to address because many habits have been a part of our lifestyle since we were kids.
In cases like these, compassion goes a long way. People listen to those who’ve been through the same ordeals. Alcoholics Anonymous is a wonderful example of how one can turn a harmful habit into a way to help others. The first thing you learn is that you are not alone. People who don’t succeed at changing negative behavior can stop trying, suffering from ‘burn-out’ or depression. If you know someone or, are experiencing feelings like this, reach out and talk to someone immediately.
Life is comprised of time. Time is where we live, experiencing one single second at a time. From the instant we’re born, we begin realizing how different we are from everyone else. How can people be so different and still share so many joys and challenges? Personal struggles, family situations, and past mistakes all influence our attitudes and opinions. One way is to understand personality types.
Identifying Personality Types
While you read, take a moment to see which profile(s) best describes you.
If you are a ‘leader,’ you are focused and determined. You go for results and have a have a competitive nature. You’re likely to ‘take-charge’ and lead others but, may be perceived as insensitive or controlling.
These are ‘people’ people who seek opportunities to help others. They are typically good at creating and communicating. This type of person may put others first so often that they completely ignore their own needs.
Free-spirits usually have trouble conforming to routines including the 9-5 work day. They need adventure and excitement in their jobs, at home, and vacations. These people can rebel or be disorganized.
These folks love doing their job and tend to be reliable and organized. They insist on doing a good job and are task-oriented people. Doers traditionally demonstrate a strong work ethic and are punctual, responsible and follow rules. Many ‘doers’ can be critical of themselves and some are workaholics.
As a society we need and want positive recognition for achieving our goals. The world makes it a point to give awards, write articles, and make movies for people who’ve made a difference in the world. The reality is, most of us live in a world that will never know our name or what we’ve done with our lives.
Embracing your life is how you can motivate yourself and others. Using every minute of every day to help yourself or someone else overcome obstacles is a tremendous way to become motivated. Helping others has, and always will be the most gratifying, self-rewarding action anyone can take.
A simple praise will improve morale in the workplace, a smile doesn’t cost anything at all. If you’re a mom or a boss, planning a picnic or a trip to the beach can clear the air, promote conversation, and get folks motivated to do a good job.
Health problems can hurt the family and workplace. Poor nutrition always takes a toll; draining energy, causing disease, and bad attitudes. If you can, try promoting a ‘mental-health day’ for your kids or employees. It’s a day off from everything that can be a great motivator without guilt. It helps people to get their “bad day” out of their system and get back to work producing amazing results. Everybody has a bad day now and then, after all, we’re only human.