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Motivation flow

Where does your motivation come from? Have you ever thought about that?

And once you feel motivated, what does it take to achieve your goal?

I have experienced many times where I felt super motivated to start a new goal, and maybe you can relate to it. Then I feel super energized and have only this goal in front of me. I start directly working on it and I´m on fire. But then sometimes along the way, I get distracted.. and I make a detour, or I take it slower. Sometimes I don´t even finish because I´m already busy with new projects and there are too many to handle at the same time. Then because of this, my goal is on hold and I start forgetting it, thinking I will finish this later.

How does motivation work? Well, let me tell you about the 4 types of motivation: 1. Intrinsic motivation Intrinsic motivation is probably the most known and is defined as the motivation to engage in a behavior because of the satisfaction of the activity rather than the desire for a reward of specific outcome. According to the psychologist and author Dennis Coon, intrinsic motivation occurs when we act without any obvious external rewards. `We simply enjoy an activity or see it as an opportunity to explore, learn and actualize our potentials`.


2. Extrinsic motivation Extrinsic motivation is a type of motivation where it´s not about the activity but about the reward. This can be in many forms; money, presents or any other value recourse. Extrinsic motivators can also give a certain feeling of recognition or appreciation. This has two sides though: positive (as a reward) and negative (as a punishment).


3. Identification

One of the human needs is the urge to belong to a group. This is because a group provides safety, security and a certain identity. Your individual norms and values come across with those of the group.


4. Introjection

This is probably the least known. Introjection is dedicated to the status of someone. This type of motivation can either be positive or negative. A negative form of this is the fear of losing status or a title. In this way, a manager can `motivate` people to work harder. This, of course is not a desirable situation. In a positive sense, it can be the achievement of a certain result, a promotion for example.


Good luck with figuring out what kind of motivation you have looking at learning a new language. 😉

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