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Motivation - Definitions and Practice

by Bistra Kumbaroska on 26th August, 2011 at 8:59 AM CEST

Motivation – definitions and practice?
If asked, "what is motivation" what's the reply you'd give? Is it practical? Useful? Wikipedia talks about "activation of goal oriented behaviour" but doesn't talk about what that behaviour is. One article referred to it as a specific "characteristic to achieve anything in life." You'd swear from the way it's discussed, motivation is the key to any success. And yet how do such urfy-flurfy definitions help us achieve anything? Let's get real - with motivation.

Many authors and trainers define the need for getting functional. And they are right. Motivation is the assessment between two consequences. In my mind, is the cost of not getting out of bed on a warm summer day and going to work greater than the cost of getting up and going and out the door to work? To actually get up, I need to find the stimulant, my own personal and individual which answers my “Why?”, for what am i doing whatever I am doing. Do you have that?

Getting practical is another important thing. Developing habits - or what we might call automatic or reflexive or neurologically wired, practiced responses to situations - to help us rather than achieve goals per se, live principled lives. As Covey and colleagues argue, we should re-wire habits and perspectives to help get things done.

The heuristics offered in the book for getting to a place in life where, for instance, most activities are Important but Not Urgent is very cool. “First things First” argues that the goal is to get as much as possible happening in that quality quadrant that is non-reactive and then has room for the real and unexpected emergencies, rather than living regularly in the reactive, as many of us do.

So, practice! It never frickin' stops. Like any skill, to stay razor sharp, or even just half way effective, even the motivation is a skill that has to be practiced regularly. And right now that's exactly what i need (am motivated) to do. Think of my “why” and get online on the C:F platform to find some more meaning to this life.

And here a clip for some gloomy unmotivated days:


Bistra (The C:F Fun Intern)

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Farah Aftab

Farah Aftab

this is so creative and motivational :) i loved it.
once i read n i do believe that "perception creates reality" its all in our mind how we perceive n act on it accordingly.

26th August, 2011 @ 3:07 PM CEST

Danna Joyce Chavez

Danna Joyce Chavez | Action team

this is very helpful and motivating!:D thank you, Bistra! :)

26th August, 2011 @ 3:41 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

my all time fav things in 1 article...
super duper chart & video.... n dats why I love to be Kid...

There is small line between "Showing mature & Being Mautre" (c)
Jatin Kataria.. ;)

I am loving it Bistra... Video always motivates me to do all the things.. I always charge mysself wid dis kinds of amazing videos n its 1 of my fav... ur artilce is simply cool n super duper like to this video.. :)

Covey is my all time fav.. both covey wrote amazing book
Dad - 7 habits of highly effective people (if u feel bit boring then read his son's book) - 7 habits of highly effective teenager... :)

keep writing n keep motivating.. 3 likes & +1 .. ;)

27th August, 2011 @ 11:02 AM CEST

Tarik Čaušević

Tarik Čaušević

A very fascinating thing about motivation, for me at least, is how fast it can come and how fast it can go away. Watching a few videos (similar to this one) can motivate you to start doing all the crap that you have been delaying for weeks or months, but after a few days that same motivation can fade away and you are back to square one.

In my opinion, it's not such a matter of finding ways to motivate yourself, but rather finding out why motivation is missing in the first place. Often it's laziness, but it really can be anything. So, after watching a video or two or three, I would recommend thinking about why those videos were needed in the first place and why you could not motivate yourself simply through your willpower. If you can find that out, at least, I think that you would have your motivational problems solved, for a fair amount of time at least :P.

27th August, 2011 @ 9:01 PM CEST

reena kataria

reena kataria

nice article...
every one needs motivation n inspiration in their life...

i get charged with my 3 n half yr son "ved"..he keeps motivating me one or the other way...

30th August, 2011 @ 4:03 PM CEST

TITILAYO IJAGBEMI

TITILAYO IJAGBEMI | Action team

Terrific piece. I am motivated and inspired to be an inspiration.

21st September, 2011 @ 1:46 PM CEST

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