Just What Exactly Is Motivation?
What exactly is motivation? Everyone does not always define motivation the exact same way. Some people describe motivation as a mental force that drives a person to accomplish an end such as finishing a project or saving for retirement. Some people say that motivation is why some individuals do one thing and others do something all together different. Motivation is often discussed in terms of setting and achieving goals and also what determines the behaviour of a human being. Motivation is sometimes defined in terms of feelings that push a person to achieve a given objective. Often motivation is believed to be the reason that a person chooses to do anything in particular, whether it be applying for a specific job or taking a chance by asking someone out on a date.
In the realm of psychology, motivation is closely connected to behaviour in terms of the initiation as well as direction, intensity and persistence of it. Motivation has to do with having the interest in doing something and then having the willingness and ability to see it through to completion. Motivation however is not the same as emotion or personality. Motivation is instead a dynamic and temporal state of mind. A person who is motivated can be motivated to accomplish a long-term goal or a short-term goal and both have value.
Sometimes a motivated individual will break a long-term goal down into a series of smaller short-term goals in order to make the end result easier to reach for and attain. The motivation to work towards any given goal can change and often times circumstances make it necessary for a person to modify their level of motivation. An individual's personality on the other hand is basically a permanent part of the characteristics of the person that does not change.
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