What is a motivation? It is an “internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal.”
It is said, that: „Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going”, but you have to be motivated to acquire habits. Furthermore, it has two forms, intrinsic and extrinsic.
“Extrinsic motivation refers to our tendency to perform activities for known external rewards, whether they be tangible or psychological in nature.
Intrinsic motivation refers to the reason why we perform certain activities for inherent satisfaction or pleasure.”
(Brown, Psychology of Motivation, 2007)
Sources of motivation
How to create them? What should we do to have strong determination? Always remember to reward yourself. Therefore, take a break after hard work, take yourself out to dinner, watch interesting movie etc. These are rewards such as medals for you. Remember that intrinsic motivation comes from inside of the performer. And it is usually self-applied. It is very important factor in the process of designing your training or diet. People act in order to reduce needs. So you have to create strong need! To conclude, look what famous people said to motivate you:
„Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs
“Your struggles develop your strengths.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
„I walk slowly, but i never walk backward” – Abraham Lincoln