An Insight On Motivation

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Motivation is defined as that set of principles or things that determine one to perform something and achieve success in what he or she has undertaken. Apparently without motivation we'd all be conquered over by laziness and passivity.

Ever since we came to understand the world around us, supposedly at a very young age, we have kept getting involved in a motivating existence. Do you want the candy? You have to work for it just a little bit and listen to mammy. This is how it all starts. Therefore, motivation is taught to children in basic forms without the necessity to conceptualize the process: it simply happens.

Motivation results from the reward that follows a certain action, and it is the pleasant feeling we experience that keeps us going on and on. The reward as such can be of an intrinsic nature, meaning that the mental and emotional satisfaction prove sufficient to repeat the action later. Yet, there is an external type of motivation too that consists in material or laudatory rewards.

Consequently, motivation is also of two kinds intrinsic, or inner, and extrinsic, or outer. Like you may know it already, anything intrinsic is limited to yourself, while the extrinsic variant involves external people and elements. Other subcategories follow from intrinsic motivation.

One is the intrinsic motivation that relies on enjoyment (let us take a hobby for example) while the other is the one that is based on obligation (like performing a task at work that we want to carry out very well only for our own sake and not for anyone else's). Motivation surely defines the way we move through life.

This is the thing that has made us walk for the first time, that has helped us in learning how speak our native tongue correctly, that has pushed us forward in school years and university studies perhaps, that finally sets in motion all the life areas from job and career pursuit to children and family providing. Motivation can take many forms and is found in many things.

A positive & proactive retired Major from Pakistan Army. MBA from IBA,Karachi University.Presently, Head of Business Administration Department in Minhaj University, Gulberg Campus, Lahore. Member HR Forums at Lahore, Pakistan.

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