Think of all the peaks and valleys that we experience within just one day: First thing in the morning, with a workout and an espresso under our belt, we’re feeling like a walking advertisement for motivation. By the time the afternoon munchies kick in, we’re counting down the hours until we can throw in the towel.
Whether you’re dragging yourself to the gym or fighting the mental battle against procrastination at work, making a mental shift to reconnect to your source of motivation can give you the boost to get it done. Intrinsic motivation, for example, could be yours.
Intrinsic motivation is defined as doing an activity for its inherent satisfaction rather than for some separable consequence. When intrinsically motivated, a person is moved to act for the fun or challenge entailed rather than because of external products, pressures, or rewards.
Many people find it harder to identify sources of intrinsic motivation – Who actually enjoys running or spending 40 hours a week behind a desk?
Just because you don’t immediately see the connection with your own job doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Step back and take a look at the role you perform each day and look for sources of success or purpose. For example: You may not care much about the product your company sells or find satisfaction in fielding phone calls, but as a customer service rep, you can focus on feeling good about the people you were able to help throughout the day and use that as a source of motivation to keep working hard.