The Most Effective Motivation

What kind of motivation makes us achieve the best results? You will find out today.

Motivation is the energy that each of us needs to start and persevere. Too easy tasks cause boredom and lower motivation. Too difficult tasks cause fear, discouragement, and a lack of self-confidence, and as a result, a decrease in the intensity of motivation. Looking at the numerous studies carried out, however, we can see what works better and what works worse.

Extrinsic & Intrinsic Motivation

The motivation can be extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is when, for example, we bake a cake in order to get money. So you do it because you want to receive a reward. You may like what you do or not, but you are motivated because you want money. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation is when we bake a cake because it gives us pleasure. So we do something because just doing it, gives us enough joy to do it.

Another example that distinguishes these two types of motivation is that you clean the apartment to avoid screams of dissatisfaction from your family, and that is extrinsic motivation. You would be intrinsically motivated when cleaning would relax you, and your household members would not influence your actions. You do it because internally you want to do it.

So is it better to be motivated intrinsically, extrinsically, or maybe a combination of both? I will give you a simple answer. Intrinsically motivated people, achieve the best results statistically.

Positive & Negative Motivation

We also have positive and negative motivation. What does it mean? This means that you can either focus on the positive aspects and say, for example, I want to lose weight to be beautiful or think about the negative aspects - I have to lose weight because I am fat and ugly.

Research has proven that we naturally pursue things that bring pleasure and evoke positive emotions. Therefore, we avoid negative things, and negative motivation is less effective, especially in the long run.