Understanding Motivation

Understanding Motivation

 

Motivation is what drives us to make the things we want happen. To make things you want to do or achieve happen, you need motivation. Motivation is what drives you towards a goal, gets you up in the morning, and keeps you working through a task, determined to succeed when things get tough.

Motivation is an internal process that makes a person move toward a goal.

There are three major components to motivation: activation, persistence and intensity.

  1. Activation involves the decision to initiate behaviour, such as enrolling in a psychology class.
  2. Persistence is the continued effort toward a goal even though obstacles may exist. An example of persistence would be taking more psychology courses in order to earn a degree although it requires a significant investment of time, energy and resources.
  3. Intensity can be seen in the concentration and vigour that goes into pursuing a goal. For example, one student might coast by without much effort, while another student will study regularly, participate in discussions and take advantage of research opportunities outside of class. The first student lacks intensity, while the second pursues his educational goals with much greater intensity.