Motivation is the key to improving
Motivation is the key to understanding why human beings keep tenacious pursuing certain achievements that bear no fruit in the short term. It is the necessary condition to achieve our goals, to improve ourselves. But how to get motivated? The motivation is, in short, what makes an individual act and behave in a certain way. It is a generic term that applies to a wide series of impulses, desires, needs, and desires.
Authors such as Bernard Weiner often distinguish between two main types of motivation: the intrinsic and the extrinsic. The intrinsically motivated behavior is aimed at the personal interest in carrying it out. This means that we do not need any external incentive such as money or prestige to do it.
Extrinsic motivation gives a preponderant role to those motivators of behavior who come from abroad and who are not usually naturally correlated to the behavior they reward. Therefore, intrinsic motivation is what guides us. In addition, in this type of motivation, the reward is immanent to the action itself, to the enjoyment of it.
In today’s western society we live in a constant evolution of external circumstances that, often, immerse us in inertia. The path of inertia makes us let ourselves be carried away by circumstances and thus we end up acting in a dehumanized way. Living without motivation makes us enter a world that makes us mechanical and where we forget ourselves and our true motivations.
What motivates us?
Think: what leads us to act in one way or another and what are the real reasons that lead us to the direction we take. Knowing what are the reasons that guide us will help us to really know what it is that leads us to make certain decisions or why we opt for one choice and not another.
Sometimes we act in the wrong way or we regret our actions for not reflecting on what are the real motivations that drive our decisions. To know our motivations is to know ourselves as people, it is the way to self-knowledge and to the improvement of oneself.
Choosing to live motivated is to choose a more satisfying existence. Motivation is what drives us and keeps us fighting for our dreams, despite everything we have to face to make them come true.
Obviously, you can not always be as motivated and there are few paths that are completely bathed in rose petals, but in motivation is the key to why there are people who achieve everything that they propose while others resign themselves to live the life they have, even though they do not feel satisfied with it.
We can learn from how athletes are motivated
Motivation in a sports activity is a determining factor for the good practice of physical activity and for the achievement of objectives in competitive sport. The intellectual, physiological and psychological processes that decide, activate and direct our behavior in physical activity are similar in their skeleton to those that work with other types of activities.
We are all competitive by nature although some more than others. In this case, the psychologist’s job is to take advantage of this trait of human nature and feed it. This process helps to maintain motivation in the short term, therefore, it must be combined with strategies that maintain motivation over time.
A form scientifically contrasted to maintain motivation for long periods visualization. Daily, at least for 5-10 minutes, it is good to visualize the procedure and the desired results so that our mind can have prepared certain automatisms of the task towards which we focus.
This is very useful both for physical activity and for any other purpose, especially when we talk about new tasks or that we have not faced for a long time. On the other hand, visualization in a way to train the focus of attention.
In general, terms, to motivate a person – as well as an athlete – to improve their performance, one must evaluate their effort and previous accumulated experiences. There are many athletes who unknowingly motivate themselves for low performance or lower than their possibilities could develop.
These results often generate anger and sadness because they involve spoiling a previous hard work, constant and well enhanced. An effort that can be treated by a lack of motivation, but also by an excess of it. Thus, in one way or another, motivation is a relevant factor in the final result and its control can tip the balance in our favor or against it.