Lack of Motivation: The 5 Motivational Sources for Life

We’ve all felt indifference or lack of drive. It may seem like a little problem that may be easily resolved. However, if a person’s lack of drive persists, it might become a problem.

Lack of motivation is more than just a bad day or waking up one day not wanting to accomplish anything. We’ve all had bad days. The issue arises when this occurs week after week with little motivation. The worst case scenario is not getting out of bed at all. So it’s necessary to have sources of inspiration in life. But where do they come from? Does motivation self-create? Then we show you instances.

The 5 Motivational Sources

Next, we define the psychology’s classification of motivation:

Extrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic motivation arises when the reward is external. That is, other forces motivate you. Money is a typical example of extrinsic motivation. Although a career is vocational, individuals work because they expect to be paid.

This form of motivation is essential for many everyday actions, such as going to work. However, it might be harmful to your mental health in particular situations, such as schooling. Imagine a kid who plays football as a hobby. It’s not the same as going to soccer because it’s fun (intrinsic motivation, defined below) or because his parents applaud him and take him to dinner with his favorite meal after training.

However, extrinsic incentive may be highly informative. Without extrinsic motivation, we would lack reasons to conduct specific activities in our surroundings.

Intrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic motivation relates to external rewards, whereas intrinsic motivation refers to internal rewards. It’s about personal happiness, fulfilment, or enjoyment. Intrinsic motivation outlasts extrinsic motivation.

Continuing the previous example, a youngster who goes to soccer practice because he enjoys himself with his teammates is more likely to continue than one who attends for the external benefit.

Yes, the extrinsic one seems better. However, the intrinsic one is more instructional in terms of personal beliefs. Lack of intrinsic motivation causes individuals to perform things out of duty and out of control, since the reward relies on others, such seeking social acceptance (extrinsic motivation).

Positive Motivation

Positive motivation refers to a process or conduct that is sustained by the pursuit of pleasure. For example, telling a pupil we will go to the cinema if he finishes his schoolwork. He will finish his schoolwork since he enjoys going to the movies. As we can see, the motive is both extrinsic and positive.

It’s about attaining something pleasurable due to someone else. If you meet a late friend and buy her a drink, chances are she will be on time the following time (as long as the incentive is relevant to her). An example of intrinsic and positive motivation is being delighted that your buddy is on time this time and that she will attempt to be on time next time.

Negative Motivation

Negative motivation is the act of avoiding something unpleasant. For example, lifting up the washing machine to avoid a fight or lying to prevent a fight. To prevent wrath and uncomfortable situations with someone, one must first learn to lie.

It’s about avoiding unpleasant consequences, external (like shouting) or internal (like depression) (for example, a feeling of failure or frustration). Sadly, negative motivation often pushes us more than good motivation, particularly if it is internal. An example would be avoiding talking to the girl or guy you like to avoid humiliation. But we don’t know that through conversing, we might also get something nice, like a romantic date.

Basic Motivation

In sports psychology, we often use this term, fundamental motivation, to describe an athlete’s degree of commitment to the activity. It’s also about his outcomes, performance, and social and personal recognition.

In this case, the athlete perceives that their objectives are not being accomplished or that their results are declining, lowering their performance. It may be used in the workplace.

Also see: Childhood Cancer, Can It Be Prevented?

Kelly W
Kelly W
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