Extrinsic Motivation

Nov 28, 2017

Industry News

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extrinsic motivation

We all have motivation that ebbs and flows.

Some mornings you wake up energised to get to work and power through that to-do list. On others, you smack the alarm clock, curse the morning and give yourself an extra five minutes to dream about putting in your notice and taking the first flight out to a tropical location.

Motivations are primarily separated into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Chances are, many of the things you do each day are extrinsically motivated. Extrinsic motivation is doing something for the external rewards you get from it – like exercising to lose weight, learning to speak Italian to impress your friends, or getting to work on time to avoid being yelled at by your boss.

When you find your inspiration waning, re-focusing on external rewards is a quick way to recommit to a goal or activity, whether that be performing well at work or sticking to an exercise routine. If you find yourself grumbling through your commute each day, try focusing on the external rewards — be it the salary that pays your rent, the health insurance or even the free fruit in the cafeteria — to get motivated.

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