Motivation - The definition of motivation is to give reason, incentive, enthusiasm, or interest that causes a specific action or certain behavior. Motivation is present in every life function. (I had to take a minute to stop and reflect on this!!) Simple acts such as eating are motivated by hunger. Education is motivated by desire for knowledge. Motivators can be anything from reward to coercion.
There are two main kinds of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is internal. It occurs when people are compelled to do something out of pleasure, importance, or desire. Extrinsic motivation occurs when external factors compel the person to do something
I am still on the theme of making decisions and then being still to see what comes next?!? I made my 'big decision' on Monday NOT to be externally motivated to be a part of a consulting project. I know, the Relationship ingredient necessary for this choice is PATIENCE!! Ask those closest to me and they will tell you that has not often been my strong suit, yet I am putting it in my internal motivation factor as a learning guide.
I woke up this morning with this collage picture in my head and had to share it - I thought of it as a representation of motivation - and I thought about it in terms of living life to the fulleset and creating whatever...Thanks Bob Reid for that reminder of choices.
Go to the beach and you see a world ahead of you - sand, ocean, water and possibilities - like looking out to the horizon and not being able to see where it ends. Then there are the possibilities of tools that can be used - in this case, buckets and shovels and shape makers and...in my case - my creative thinking abilities, my ability to write, music and rhythm, love of people, and the belief that the world ia a 'perfect' place to be IF we just allow ourselves to stop and see what it is all about. Today is another Internal motivation day as will be many, but I have my buddy close by and we travel life's path together. Internal...external...what matters is that I am motivated to see what possibilities will come forth today...and everyday...and am grateful that I have the ability to stop and pay attention to the synchronicities!!
Another related thought - later...I decided today NOT to dress in the sweatshirt but to put on one of my colorful turtlenecks and a bright print scarf. Today it offers a different feeling of optimism!! YEAH for us.