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Kristi Patrice Carter, Heath and Happiness Advocate / Life Coach


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Interesting question - one that I've thought about preivously.

Sources of motivation can be internal or external, biological or physical, and


learned or stimulated. Internal sources of motivation refer to those sources
that cannot be seen like words of encouragement or an urgent need to prove
something. In contrast, external motivational sources are rewards and prizes.

Biological and physical sources of motivation are related to the body’s demand
for attention such as food to stop hunger pangs or medicine to heal wounds
and ease pain. These sources are used to provide rest, relief, nutrition, energy,
hydration, procreation, and the need to survive.

The last two sources of motivation are either learned or stimulated. Learned
motivation has more to do with the need for attention, power, and money
(which are typically associted with success). In comparison, stimulated sources
of motivation have to do with finding satisfaction or meeting a need. For
instance, playing music or doing something that makes you happy even if it
does not pay well.

Most people use all of the above to motivate themselves. Which one do you
use? Which technique do you like best?
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Knowing your CTQs or the key metrics you have in life are key sources of
motivation for me.
I want to be there for my daughter till she is totally independent....both
financially as well as emotionally. This drives me to lead a healthy life style.
I wish to be financially self sufficient and continue with my current life style
even after I retire. This drives me to be successful at my job.

Knowing what I want from my life...my end objective....this is what motivates


me.
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There are essentially three types of motivations humans may entertain in their
endeavours. Materialistic motivation which is the most common and promoted
form in contemporary society whereby one works for the sake of attaining
material rewards which are of little absolute value and fail to fulfil the
existential quest for purpose in this transient life.

Altruistic motivation aims to benefit others while being connected to the


material world and subjected to emotions and material desires. It is difficult to
maintain because one does not receive any proportional reward for their efforts
(their efforts usually amount to a fraction of the desired aim).

Spiritual motivation allows one to free themselves from human emotions and
material attachments and maintain altruistic efforts by receiving rewards in
the form of spirituality and increasing metaphysical awareness. Some may
deprive themselves of this super motivation by disregarding the presence of a
metaphysical reality which the human soul has a natural inclination towards.
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Aatiqah Nyla • Request Bio


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Motivation comes from several different sources; some of these sources are
internal, while others are external. Internal motives push a person toward a
desired goal, a preferable outcome. External motives pull the person toward to
goal or incentive they wish to obtain at the end of the task
Written 13 Oct, 2014

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