Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that activate behavior. In everyday usage, the term “motivation” is frequently used to describe why a person does something. It is the driving force behind human actions.
Motivation doesn’t just refer to the factors that activate behaviors; it also involves the factors that direct and maintain these goal-directed actions (though such motives are rarely directly observable). As a result, we often have to infer the reasons why people do the things that they do based on observable behaviors.
There are three major components to motivation: activation, persistence, and intensity . Activation involves the decision to initiate a behavior. Persistence is the continued effort toward a goal even though obstacles may exist.
- What do you think motivates you?
- How do you stay motivated?
- What stops or reduces your motivation?
- Can a lack of motivation have a negative impact on you?