motivation comes from within?

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Are humans internally motivated?

November 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

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Profile photo of iiturralde iiturralde (@iiturralde) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I believe humans always need that internal motivation to do something. That little voice that guides us through certain paths. So yes, part of human actions comes from our deep inner reflection.
I hope this helps answer your question :)

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Profile photo of Alicia Alicia (@alipeli10) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I believe that motivation comes from within but inspiration comes from the outside world. Anything you see can inspire you to do something but you cannot confuse inspiration with motivation the actual need or want to do something. :)

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Profile photo of a Lotus Blossoms. a Lotus Blossoms. (@ancientmystic) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

The opposite of motivation is procrastination; both of which can be influenced from the external world, but only come into being when we choose to allow the emotion to flower.

External influences, but internal decisions.

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Profile photo of iiturralde iiturralde (@iiturralde) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@alipeli10, I agree with you. Inspiration comes from what you experience and see daily, and that motivates you internally to do something.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 1 week, 5 days ago ago

Some humans are internally motivated. Unfortunately, most are externally motivated.

I think it’s important to define these terms as well. Internal motivation to me is doing things because they bring you enjoyment or satisfaction. External motivation is doing things because of fear of threat or anticipation of a future reward. External motivation has nothing to do with your own desires, and in a sense, you are being controlled and manipulated by forces external to yourself. Internally motivated individuals do not care so much about rewards, but what feels right to them. They have an internal compass that guides their life, instead of being guided by a proverbial carrot on a string. Internal motivation isn’t based on a desire to be famous, successful, rich, powerful, etc. It’s also not done to be seen as a martyr or humanitarian. It’s not done for any logical reason, but more based on feeling and intuition and instinct.

I think the reason that most people are externally motivated is because of our conditioning in society. The only way to have social control is to have a population who does things to propagate the system they are in. And if there were no threats or rewards to do so, people would not obey because to be a “fully functioning member of society” is really a soul crushing thing. In order to get along in society and be “fully functioning,” you have to be indoctrinated into the system. This is done by administering threats of punishment when someone disobeys the rules, and administering rewards when someone obeys. By the time this “education” process is completed, it is usually internalized by the individual, and they completely lose their ability to do anything based on internal motivation in adulthood. All of their actions become completely based on incentives of money, status, or fear of punishment, and they become prisoners of the culture as a consequence.

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Profile photo of Caitlyn Caitlyn (@CaitlynODell) 1 week, 5 days ago ago

I believe humans are yes, internally motivated. We have always heard that little voice when we know we have to get up out of bed. The blankets are just so warm, and you’re so tired, just 10 more minutes. Maybe 20. But seriously, we eventually end up getting up and alive for the day. Another example is when you dream of things beyond yourself at a certain point in time. (possibly an actress, singer, famous dancer, guitar player, etc.) who you want to be like, or reach an achievement they have met. But you can also argue, that as well as you can motivate yourself and set your mind to anything, you get up out of bed because you have responsibilities; therefore reason be you get up is because you have people to see, places to be, and things to do. So technically, others are motivating you. An inspirational quote can motivate you, a really great novel, an awesome movie. But I believe in the end you motivate yourself just as much as others do you. The two work together. You can get motivated, but you’re internal motivation matters in the end to accomplish your goal. An overweight person can say “I want to lose weight.” Work out occasionally when they get feel like it, and eat how they’re suppose to for that one meal. But at the end of the day, you yourself have to set your mind to something, or failure is inevitable, you can’t half-heartedly do something and expect the full result.

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Profile photo of Caitlyn Caitlyn (@CaitlynODell) 1 week, 5 days ago ago

I believe humans are yes, internally motivated. We have always heard that little voice when we know we have to get up out of bed. The blankets are just so warm, and you’re so tired, just 10 more minutes. Maybe 20. But seriously, we eventually end up getting up and alive for the day. Another example is when you dream of things beyond yourself at a certain point in time. (possibly an actress, singer, famous dancer, guitar player, etc.) who you want to be like, or reach an achievement they have met. But you can also argue, that as well as you can motivate yourself and set your mind to anything, you get up out of bed because you have responsibilities; therefore reason be you get up is because you have people to see, places to be, and things to do. So technically, others are motivating you. An inspirational quote can motivate you, a really great novel, an awesome movie. But I believe in the end you motivate yourself just as much as others do you. The two work together. You can get motivated, but your internal motivation matters in the end to accomplish your goal. An overweight person can say “I want to lose weight.” Work out occasionally when they get feel like it, and eat how they’re suppose to- for that one meal. But at the end of the day, you yourself have to set your mind to something, or failure is inevitable, you can’t half-heartedly do something and expect the full result.

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