Defining Your Motivation

Motivation is an internal energy force that determines all aspects of our behaviour; it also impacts on how we think, feel and interact with others. In sport, high motivation is widely accepted as an essential prerequisite in getting athletes to fulfill their potential.

It is that thing which prompts a person to act in a certain way, whereas energy is the amount of effort that is available to a person for acting in a certain way. It is widely believed that motivation brings forth energy, and also that healthy adults have sufficient energy to accomplish their goals; hence, the lack of energy is typically interpreted as indicating insufficient motivation to achieve some goal or complete a task. This is usually good if you really and truly believe you stand a chance.

Motivation is often based on emotions, specifically, on the search for positive emotional experiences and the avoidance of negative ones. It’s an external source which encourages you and gives you ideas. Inspiration comes from within and the encouragement and ideas are your own. It is the interplay of inherent, learned, and social factors. The individual combines these to produce their own way of seeing the world, which they seek to confirm, succeed and achieve.

Achievement falls under a need for power or will and is closely linked to leadership, whereas competition motivation falls under a basic desire for vengeance and is closely linked with aggressiveness. Achieving a full understanding of the reasons of self-motivating and mastering ways of obtaining it can lead to vast improvement in ones life.

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