What Is Motivation
The first step to improving your self motivation is to understand what is motivation and how it works in your life.
And what is a man without energy? Nothing - nothing at all. - Mark Twain
Energy is the most basic component of motivation. Our day to day energy levels can vary depending on a number factors like health, exercise, diet habits, and environment. We all have a basic level of energy that we can draw upon at any moment in order to take action. With a low level of energy, it becomes difficult to get anything done as fatigue can set in quickly.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi
The second component of motivation is willpower. Willpower is the ability to push yourself to act, even if your energy is low or if part of you is resisting. The more energy you have, the less willpower is required to get you to take action and vice versa. Willpower can help you to push past obstacles, to keep you going even when things start getting difficult, and to get you to act even if part of you just wants to give up.
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." - Friedrich Nietzsche
The third component needed to understand what is motivation is purpose. Why do you bother getting out of bed in the morning? Why do you go to work? Why do you do anything? A clear purpose gives you the reason to act, keeps you focused, and can help supply you with the energy and willpower needed to keep going. There is always a reason for taking any action, even if you are not consciously aware of it.
How does Self Motivation fit in?
Being self motivated means that your motivation comes from your inner drive- you act because you want to, not because of some external pressure. The three elements listed above may help you to answer "what is motivation?", but ultimately you have the responsibility for creating motivation in your life.
To gain a further understanding into the some additional ideas examining what is motivation, take a look at some of the other links below:Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
The Expectancy Theory of Motivation
Herzberg's Motivation Theory
Maslow Theory of Motivation