Personal Motivational Paper
Motivation can be defined simply as the things that lead us to take certain actions or behave in a certain way. This is the reason that pushes a person toward a desired goal. The reason can be classified into something that is within us, that is intrinsic/internal motivation, or something that is external to us that are extrinsic motivation or external.
Have you ever had a problem getting motivated to complete a task that you absolutely had to do? If so, understand that there are things that can be done to be more motivated and to achieve your goals in your personal life. This paper will define and discuss both intrinsic/extrinsic motivational strategies and how I apply these to myself. In addition, the affects on how these are applied to my personal situations. These factors can both be easily applied to the following two aspects of my life: a weigh-loss/exercise program that I have put myself in for the past year and a half going back to school to earn my degree.
According to University of Phoenix Understanding Motivation and Emotion, 3e (2001), Motivation can be viewed as a continuous process of being driven abroad increasingly driven internally. Experience teaches us those two ways to enjoy an activity: intrinsically or extrinsically. Consider activities like playing the piano, using the computer, or reading a book. On the one hand, the pianist may become interested and begin to enjoy piano playing because an opportunity to involve and satisfy psychological needs. The musician plays the piano to have fun, to exercise and develop valued skills, and to feel free and self-entertained. On the other
hand the same piano-playing behavior can be enjoyed because it is an opportunity to make money, to win accolades and approval, and to earn a college scholarship. Any activity, in fact, can be approached with either an intrinsic or an extrinsic motivational orientation (Amabile, 1985; Pittman, Boggiano, & Ruble, 1983; Pittman, Emery, &...