What motivates you?
How much of it does it really matter?
Motivation is a fundamental and often-underrated factor in the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment.
It is also often overlooked, and in the absence of a clear understanding of the nature of motivation, many people assume that all people are motivated by the same thing, whether it be money, status, or love.
While many of us would agree that money and status matter a great deal to us, how much of what we do in our daily lives contributes to our motivation?
In this article, I’ll explore the key variables and factors that can drive our motivation and explore what types of things motivate us most.
How Much Motivation Do We Really Need?
The first thing we need to understand is what we mean by “motivation”.
In psychology, motivation is defined as “an emotional response to an activity, task, or situation, usually directed towards achieving goals or achieving personal goals”.
So if you think about it, the word motivation means a combination of: (1) a strong desire for something to happen, and (2) an emotional reaction to a goal or action.
The word “motivated” is also important because it is often used to describe how much we’re motivated to do something, which can often lead to confusion or a feeling that we aren’t fully committed to the task or activity.
The two most common types of motivation are: (a) the desire for action and (b) the urge to avoid action.
(a.k.a. the “desire for action”) The Desire for Action is the strongest motivator we all have, and it is why most of us want to do things we want to.
In general, we all want to get things done, but our desire for the outcome can often overwhelm our capacity for the task.
For example, if we have an urgent need for something, but it’s not as urgent as we thought it was, we’ll often start procrastinating.
We’ll then try to get to a point where we are no longer as excited about it as we once were, but we’ll always have a lingering need for it.
We’re constantly trying to work towards the next thing, but sometimes that doesn’t work out as we hoped, or if we’re not as enthusiastic about the goal, we may be frustrated with it.
(b.k: “The urge to Avoid Action”) The The urge to Do Something, or the urge for action, is the second most common motivator.
This is why many people are tempted to skip their next meal or go on vacation.
They may have the urge, but they aren’t really motivated to act on it.
Instead, they’ll often just focus on what they can do instead.
This will be fine, but in reality, there is little to no value in taking action at all.
This, in turn, can lead to a lot of wasted effort.
It’s no wonder that when people get to the end of their vacation, they feel like they’ve been wasted, but the fact that they were still in the mood to do so is a sign that they actually cared about their vacation.
The urge for money and prestige The third most common motivation is the urge towards status.
When you get to know your friends, you will often hear them mention their friends’ financial or celebrity status.
This makes you feel like you are valued and wanted in their eyes.
This can lead you to make decisions that can put you over the top financially, which is often the case with people who have high social status.
It can also lead to feelings of powerlessness, and a feeling of not really belonging to any of the people you are supposed to be close to.
As we’ll see, these feelings are often reinforced by the lack of motivation.
In a way, this is an incredibly healthy feeling, because when you have a lot going on in your life and have lots of options, you can always make a lot more money than you might think.
But this doesn’t mean you should ignore your financial and celebrity status, as it is important to remember that status can be fleeting and you need to find the things that make you happy.
This article will focus on the second type of motivation: (b: “the urge to Not Do Something”) The Not Doing is a very common and potentially damaging motivator that we often associate with the pursuit for status.
For most people, the not doing of something is a simple decision.
You know you want to skip dinner, you know you don’t have to go to the gym, you’re tired, or you just don’t feel like doing something.
You’re just not going to do it.
And when you don: (c) you feel guilty and ashamed for not doing it, you feel resentful, or (d) you have thoughts of killing yourself, your partner, or your friends.
This type of