Staying motivated…

Motivation is the energy that drives you to do something. Although I have written about “intrinsic” and “extrinsic” motivation earlier in The puzzle of motivation and What Drives Us? Understanding Motivation, this little animation video has some useful insights about motivation that are worth sharing.

Do watch this short video (~ 5 mins) –

I liked this part, practical tips for staying motivated when you don’t feel like it.

“Motivation is complicated. And sometimes, no matter how passionate you are about a goal or hobby,finding the motivation to actually do it can be difficult. But there are things you can do to increase your drive, even when it feels impossible. Focus on building intrinsic motivation by making the task more fun in the moment. Asking a friend to join you or simply putting on your favorite playlist can give you the boost to get started — and stick with your goals for the long haul.”

And while we are talking about motivation, it is worth recalling these related articles that I wrote in the early days of My Zen Path, both based on seminal work by Daniel Pink about motivation. Do read these articles if you’re intrigued.

The puzzle of motivation

Pink explains how Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose are three crucial aspects of the intrinsic motivation. And he goes on to expand more on autonomy aspect of the work with examples from well-known organizations. He asserts that it is not an utopian idea, there are real-life examples which have demonstrated excellence through self-direction. I hope businesses all over the world realize what behavioural sciences have figured out in the last decade about human motivation.

The puzzle of motivation

What Drives Us? Understanding Motivation

Pink explains that if-then rewards for intellectual work can often cause more harm than good. They can extinguish intrinsic motivation, diminish performance, crush creativity, and crowd out good behaviour.

What Drives Us? Understanding Motivation

What’s your go-to method for boosting your mood when you’re feeling low? Share in the comments below. 🙂

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The featured image used in this article is by Colin Behrens from Pixabay, and I’m using it here with gratitude.

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