This morning I did a talk at a networking event – Creative Networking talking to other self employed people about what is motivation. Although most of the time I talk to businesses about Motivational Maps, being self employed and understanding what motivates ourselves is still very important.

Motivation is a noun that means – a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. We know that the word motivation is derived from the word “motive” which means needs, desires and wants.

We see motivation all around us, with inspiring role models in the public eye to stories of individuals that have come from nothing to achieve great things, regardless of their background or upbringing.

It can be said that motivation is like energy – you cannot see it however it is the internal reason that we get up and do things, when we are fully motivated we are bursting with energy. We want to get on with the task in hand, we want to get things done and then in turn it makes us feel good when we have achieved something.

You normally start a task with the expectation that there will be a successful outcome and so you are then motivated to start and finish the task or project in hand.

We all need motivation – whether we want it is another question? We only have to look at many people thinking about Monday morning, after a great weekend, with their lack of energy and enthusiasm to go back to work – however most need to go to work and so it is seen as a chore. This then in turn impacts how we see the quality of our lives and ultimately our own self esteem.

So, motivation, for something that is invisible, has far reaching impacts across our life, whether your motivation is just to put food on the table or pay the bills, or whether you want to make a difference through charity work or change jobs – all of these tasks require the motivation to see them through.

What do you think motivates you?

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