Stop Wishing! Start Doing!

The famous quote says: "Our thinking creates problems that the same type of thinking can’t resolve."  If you don’t know at this moment what motivates you in life, let’s explore the definition and types of motivation.  It will provide you with more clarity on the subject and move you to an exploration mindset.

First, here are the definitions of motivation:

  • the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.  An example: "escape can be a strong motivation for travel"
  • the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. An example: "keep staff up to date and maintain interest and motivation"

Second, there are three types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic
  • Extrinsic
  • Self-Motivation

Intrinsic motivation is a stimulation that drives an individual to adopt or change a behavior for his or her own internal satisfaction or fulfillment.  It is an important component of the design of life goals and mind maps.

Extrinsic motivation is a drive to action that has its origin in outside influences (boss, spouse, friend, mentor, coach, acknowledgement, recognition etc.), instead of from one’s own feelings.  It is the opposite of intrinsic motivation.

Self-motivation is the ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations.  People with self-motivation can find reasons and the strength to complete a task, even an extremely challenging one, without giving up or needing another to encourage them.  Self-motivation can be the result of personal development work.

Step One

If you still don’t know what motivates you in life, here is a simple FIVE-question assessment for you.  First, you need to come up with one specific goal that you really want to achieve.  Then, please find a nice quiet place – outside your usual work/home office -- and answer the following questions:

  1. How desirable is this goal? (from 1 to 10)
  2. How possible is it for me to reach this goal? (from 1 to 10)
  3. Am I feeling confident about reaching this goal? (from 1 to 10)
  4. Do I deserve to reach this goal? (from 1 to 10)
  5. Have I earned this outcome? (from 1 to 10)

Step Two

Did answering the questions and evaluating your answers help you to identify your motivation to reach your goal?

By answering these questions about your specific goal, you can better zoom in on the motivation specifics that will lead to a richer, more rewarding life.

Step Three

Stop wishing and start doing!

Keep walking and creating a rewarding life path!


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