Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Article Wednesday: The 3 Most Common Motivational Factors

Different motivational factors are required to inspired people into taking actions they may otherwise not take. Some people may not be motivated to maintain a fitness routine while others can be compulsive about doing so. On the other hand the same people who display a lack of motivation towards fitness may be more 'career driven' than a fitness enthusiast. The point people get motivated for different reasons and these reasons can as much as personality types. No matter what it takes however everybody including even the most unmotivated amongst us however has something that can stimulate them into taking action. Here are three of the most common motivation factors any of which has the capability to stir a reaction out of even the most unmotivated. Fear This factor is probably the most influential of all others due to the fact that it is deeply rooted in a very primal emotion. Fear has the ability to make even the most lackadaisical people get motivated, and in a hurry! The loss of life, limb, a loved one or even money can and usually will stir quite a reaction out of just about anyone. This type of motivation often times is more a reaction than it is a calculated and well thought out plan. Desire The influence this factor has over someone is based more upon the ability to be self-motivated. What stirs a desire in people is dependent upon their particular 'hierarchy' of priorities. These desires are based more upon personal wants or 'urges' and not necessities. If something is important enough to someone, they need to get motivated by their own inner drive. Need This factor ranks right behind fear as the second most influential of the three we are discussing here. Whereas, a desire, as we spoke of above, is fueled by a 'want' or 'urge' a need is based upon something of greater urgency such as food or shelter. Even though this factor is capable of helping anyone overcome a lack of motivation it is not quite as strong as the primal reaction that fear can stir. Although, it may take different motivational factors to stimulate people into taking action most everybody can be motivated. Some people may not place a high value on health or money but can be motivated to collect stamps. Others may have a lack of motivation to own a pet but still may enjoy a day at the zoo. The fact is that almost everybody has certain motivation factors that may affect them more then others. The three factors we discussed here today are the most common and likely strongest reasons people get motivated. The source of a person's motivation is typically a reflection of their priorities. So what motivates you?

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  1. This is a great post, Virginia. I have to say that I have been motivated by all three at different points in my life.

    When I learned about a mutated gene that would highly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women I knew I wanted to genetic testing done. I was afraid not to know if I had this mutated gene. My mother died of cancer that started in her breast at the age of 47. I have way too much to do with my life to leave my family that young, so I'm going to do all I can to prevent it.

    My desire to become a published author had motivated me to keep pursuing that dream. I feel fortunate to have this one come true this month or in early September.

    Need is something that has motivated a lot of my life, as I was a single parent for 11 years. I work from home now, which is much nicer, but our family couldn't survive easily without my secondary income.

    Thanks for a wonderful post.


  2. Good to think about when I have my characters do something. I'm going to write these on a post it by my computer.

  3. Great post, Virginia. I remember something like this in my economics courses, about what are motivating factors. Too long ago to remember the particulars though. :)