I’ve been pondering the meaning of the word MOTIVATION.
What motivates an F1 driver to risk their life to drive a car fast, or an athlete to push that bit harder in training? What gets a working mum/mom through her more than hectic day or gets a disabled person out of bed in the morning? We might say that they are all Motivated but is this the same thing for each of them?
Certainly we can group motivators into categories, for example the F1 driver and the Athlete may both be driven by their competitive need to be the best, but the athlete may also want to be the fittest and the driver the fastest. The mother may be motivated by income / career or the desire to be the best mother in the world & the disabled person by the need to prove everyone wrong.
This one word seems to cover a whole world of thoughts and feelings, all of them different in each of us.
Clearly, we all have intricate and different needs or desires we need to acknowledge, in order to be able to switch our motivation ON. Finding them, is not always easy because we also like to feel good about our motivators and the truth is, they are not always things we will admit to.