Motivation is the reason for your actions and desires. It acts as a catalyst to drive you towards a lofty goal. It is the reason why you want to succeed in your interpersonal relationships as the best mother, father, sibling, spouse, or friend. It is why you want to be successful in your career, why you want to earn more, or be a better person in general.
Because if you’re waiting for the outside world to satisfy your psychological needs, you’d be waiting for a very long time.
– Forbes, July 03 2017
Everybody thinks they know what motivates them, but there is a catch to motivation. Many people make the mistake of thinking of motivation as wish fulfilment and expecting certain outcomes from their desires. They may even misidentify and misattribute their motivations. Wanting to be successful in business is an expectant outcome and a goal, but you miss why you want to succeed in business.
When your motivation is unclear, it could lead to unclear actions that undermine your goals and desires.
- Maybe you want to provide a better life for your family
- Maybe you value security for your future
- Maybe you’re trying to prove something to yourself or your naysayers
It isn’t about how much money you want to earn or how good you want to be. Motivation is why you want to earn that money. Why you need to succeed. Identifying clearly what motivates you can be a convoluted, difficult affair; but identifying the truth behind your motivation is a deeper discovery about yourself and will help to define what success looks like to you.
College of Allied Educators offers our Counselling Psychology programmes to help you understand your thoughts, feelings, and actions at a deeper level so you can grow personally and professionally.
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