How motivation works? To answer this question you need to first understand what it means to be motivated. To be motivated means to be ready to take certain actions. It is likely that you may know very clearly and in great detail how to reach the desired goal, but this knowledge alone is not enough. Knowledge must be supported by action. The long road to achievement begins with a first step. In this article we will talk about what role motivation plays in achieving the goal.
In the basis of actions of each person there are certain motives. The way in which motivation is manifested for one person can radically differ from the way in which it is manifested for another. Most often, some people relate to certain actions in terms of initiative, others in terms of waiting. Both in the first and in the second case, a person may have his own motives for this, moreover, often the same.
Each of us from time to time is set by a specific goal to do something or achieve something. To do something big, for example, to advance through a career, travel all over Europe by car, jump with a parachute or get your body in shape, lose weight or, for example, gain muscles. The big problem of modern society is that motives for performing any actions appear so rarely that most people prefer to choose a waiting position. You came after work, sit on a soft sofa in front of the TV. In the left hand there is a coke, in the right hand a piece of pizza. The cola is so cold, the pizza is so tasty, and the TV show is so interesting that you just don’t even want to think about any physical activity and training. Just leave me alone and let the whole world wait.
To the positions of expectation and consumption are opposed the position of initiative through dedication. Dedication to some business, to some goal or to some vocation. For those who choose the second position, cola or pizza is nothing more than a pleasant bonus to a well-done job. The main difference between those who consume and those who devote is the sustainability of their motivations.
Experience shows that numerous attempts to understand why people do this way and not otherwise, in most cases lead to the following conclusion. The main motivators that really make people do something are the desire to achieve something and the fear of losing something. By and large, all other motives are derived from these two. To the first can be attributed everything related to achievement (buy, catch, win), to the second can be attributed everything related to loss (time, money, opportunities).
No matter what people say, it is these two motivators that are always the reason for action or counteraction. For each individual person, this or that motivation can be developed to a greater or lesser extent. For example, one person when choosing a fitness club can focus on the number of visitors as an environment for communication. Another person for the same reason can choose another club, because large crowds cause him discomfort. Each of them within themselves perceives the same situation either as gain or loss. In order to understand how motivation works in these two cases, you need to disassemble its mechanism and see which gears are inside it and how they set the whole mechanism in motion.
The desire to achieve
Most often, the desire to achieve something is motivated by four basic factors: the desire for wealth, the desire for power, the desire for wisdom and the desire for honor.
- The desire for wealth. There is nothing wrong with striving for wealth. This is just one of the forms of motivation, which can act as the only factor that prompts you to act, as well as aggregate and balanced with other goals or motives. The result achieved in this area provides you with financial security and well-being. If, for example, you want to become a personal trainer, you can project your goal through the prism of enrichment. Realizing that becoming a trainer you can sell your services (training, courses), goods (books) and earn on your website (blog) or channel (on YouTube), you can thus motivate yourself to achieve this goal.
- The desire for power. This, by and large, is another factor that also gives you a sense of satisfaction, comfort and well-being, unless you have reached the goal by “rolling over the others”. The desire for power is a very powerful factor due to which people are often ready to turn mountains. In their desire to start a career in the fitness industry, people move from deep regions to large cities, from one country to another and even from one continent to another. Having gained power, you become a man of influence. People know you, listen to you, and are interested in your opinion. Sometimes, the pursuit of power becomes the goal of a lifetime. You choose a profession or industry, merge into it at an initial position and begin your ascent to fame.
- The desire for wisdom. On the one hand, it may seem that the desire for wisdom as a way of becoming an individual through the accumulation of knowledge is similar to the desire for power, but in fact the essence of these motivations lies on different planes. Wisdom is acquired through the accumulation of knowledge, experience and lessons learned from them. A person climbing a career doesn’t necessarily become wiser. Similarly, a person who’s becoming wiser doesn’t necessarily want to, or must climb the career ladder. Wisdom is a completely different movement vector, not comparable with others. Either you believe it or not, but there really are people in the world for whom enrichment or power doesn’t matter.
- The desire for honor. Unfortunately, in our time, the concepts of honor and dignity are gradually becoming a relic of the past. A person who chooses a dedication position is ruled by his passion. In this case, popularity or fame is not the goal for him, they come with time only as a “pleasant bonus” for a true fan of his craft. Rewards and honors come to those who don’t play on public, but silently do their job. Those who are trying to make a career rolling over the others and fawning over their bosses often find themselves with nothing. However, these are already questions of karma, and we are talking about reputation. A person for whom honor and dignity are in the first place receives the status of a respected person which opens many doors for him.
The fear of losing
Along with the desire to achieve something, people are often driven by the fear of loss. It can be a fear of losing a reputation in society, remaining in poverty, getting sick, and more. Fear of losing a reputation motivates people to keep themselves in society with dignity, to drop bad habits, to monitor speech and appearance. Fear of remaining in poverty motivates people to get a job (or even two), open their own business, establish business relationships, work overtime, and so on. Fear of getting sick motivates people to quit bad habits, play sports and visit a doctor regularly.
An adequate sense of fear is absolutely normal, but only if you control it and it doesn’t turn into a chronic fear of failures that haunt you at every step. The main task here is not to get rid of fear, but to learn how to control it. There are nine very specific indicators that people are striving for and loss of which they are trying to avoid by all means. This is respect, reputation, status, recognition, power, happiness, joy, peace and love.
- Respect. Each of us wants to be respected for what he is and recognized as unique, special, not like everyone else.
- Reputation. A great motive for striving for as many good things as possible and as few bad ones as possible to talk about you.
- Status. A kind of indicator of your reputation and respect in society, which constantly forces you to weigh your words and actions.
- Recognition. Everyone likes when their success is noticeable and when they are loved for what they do. Recognition helps you truly feel your worth.
- Power. This motive is valuable to most people as it is. The mere ability to influence people and change their lives is already priceless.
- Happiness. For the vast majority of people, the motive for achieving happiness is guiding throughout literally their entire lives.
- Joy. It is not directly related to happiness, however, well-being and satisfaction with life are a very powerful motive.
- Peace. This is certainly the well known comfort zone, which the vast majority of people also seek to preserve and avoid its loss.
- Love. That inexplicable feeling, for which people often sacrifice all the previous eight points, and very often unjustified.
So, our task was to understand how motivation works. We found that motivation for action is always based on two pillars – the desire to achieve something and the fear of losing something. Thus, if you want to find some driving force for yourself, your task will be to carefully evaluate in your particular case all of the above motives, to figure out which of them play a key role for you and incorporate these motives in your action plan. Whoever you want to become and no matter to what business you plan to devote yourself, the key to action or counteraction lies precisely through the instructions described above. Take a piece of paper, a pencil and analyze the motivators listed here. Once the work is completed, you will understand what drives you the best.
Author – Felix Palmer