Understanding motivation is an important key to accomplishing anything in your life.
Sources of Motivation
Every action you take is tied to a deeper motivation. At a very basic level, you have a primary biological motivation for survival. You will take action to obtain all the basics to live- air, food, water, etc.
Motivation and Beliefs
Understanding motivation comes down to understanding beliefs. Specifically, what you believe will help you to find pleasure or to avoid pain is what will drive your self motivation. Your motivation to act will be high if you believe that by taking action you will result in high rewards with little pain.
It is all to easy to let your fears blow things out of proportion by associating great pain with a possible outcome. Have you ever been hesitant to start a conversation with a stranger because you feared potential rejection or embarrassment?
By understanding motivation you are empowered to take control of your motivations. By figuring out the underlying beliefs about pain or pleasure that you associate to a behavior you want to change, you can make conscious effort to change those associations and thus change your motivation levels.
Understanding Motivation in Others
You can use this framework to understand motivation levels in other people. It can be very liberating and empowering when you realize what is driving other people to act. Everyone is acting and reacting based on what they believe will maximize their pleasure and minimize pain. If you can figure out what those beliefs are, you will be better able to understand why they do what they do and improve your interactions with them.