While there are many things that motivate people, researchers of motivation believe that all motives can be sorted into one of two categories, extrinsic and intrinsic. And although we are all motivated by different things, one person cannot motivate another. Why? Because we are all motivated to do things for our own reasons, not for someone else’s.
Extrinsic motivation is based on external rewards. For example, you might put in long hours at work and try to reach specific professional goals in order to get a raise and make more money.
Intrinsic motivation is based on personal and internal rewards like self-improvement. This means, you might work long hours and keep raising the bar for yourself because you enjoy the process of learning and growing.
At first glance, intrinsic motivation may seem like a more positive motivating driver than extrinsic; yet both types of motivation have their pitfalls. You can motivate yourself to gain a new skill because otherwise, you’ll feel unfulfilled. The outcome may be positive, but your motivation was rooted in fear, which is not sustainable.
If extrinsic versus intrinsic motivation seems a bit too black and white for you, don’t worry, there are several other types of motivation that you may resonate with such as:
- Incentive-based – do something for the reward
- Fear-based – do something because you don’t want to fail
- Achievement-based – do something for the internal reward you gain
- Attitude-based – do something to change attitudes (your own and others)
- Power-based – do something to gain more power or control over a situation
- Competence-based – do something because you genuinely want to learn and gain expertise
Understanding Motivation for Greater Impact.
Understanding what motivates others is key to getting more out of your people and out of yourself! When you become aware of what motivates you, you can use that to help you become a more effective leader, communicator and team player. When you are aware of what motivates those you lead, you can create teams that have greater impact than that of their competitors.
Are you motivated by new challenges, or do you need praise and acceptance? Does safety and security motivate you or do you prefer detailed tasks? Either way, knowing what motivates you and your people will be the key to getting the most out of them.
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One of the best ways to become aware of what motivates you is by understanding your DISC profile. DISC is a tool that allows us to understand human behavior more profoundly. It allows us to understand the way we communicate and how we process information! That also includes what motivates us to do what we do.
Your individual personality affects every aspect of your life. That’s why one of the best things you can do to grow yourself and others is to understand your personality and what motivates you. When you recognize your strengths and limitations, only then can you bring your best foot forward.
The Law of awareness says, “You must know yourself to grow yourself”. Are you willing to take the time to know yourself by having your own DISC assessment done? Reach out and let me help you become aware!