Why can’t I get motivated?
The answer often depends on the type of motivation you are craving…
Psychology has classified motivation into two categories, intrisic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation arises from a strong emotional desire to learn or succeed for self-fulfillment and enjoyment. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, is driven by a strong desire for achievement or accomplishment.
Just like individuals have different tastes in food, they are also motivated differently. It would be naive to say that any person is 100% intrinsic or 100% extrinsic. However, with some thought, you can determine which type of motivation provides you with the greatest fulfillment.
Look back on your previous accomplishments and examine what motivational characteristics provided the core satisfaction. Did your joy come from a clear emotional bond with the task or were you fired-up by accomplishing the task or getting an external reward? Based on what you find, you may discover that you are currently lacking motivation because of HOW you are motivated.
For example, if you are extrinsically motivated, you could find that even though you love what you are doing, you are not fulfilled without a sense of accomplishment, recognition or reward. Alternatively, if you are intrinsically motivated, you might find that even though everyone tells you that you are doing a great job, you will not be emotionally satisfied because you dislike the work you are doing.
Clearly define your motivational type and the motivational attributes that are missing in your life. Take action to enhance your motivation by gravitating toward the specific type of motivation that is most beneficial to you. Search for a resonable balance between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation that provides you with the greatest personal energy. Finally, look around you and work to provide others with the motivation they may be missing. In return, they may provide the motivational boost that you have been looking for.