What Is Motivation? Webster and Maslow Explain

What is Motivation?

What is the definition of Motivation? Let's take a look.

Merriam-Webster defines Motivation as:

1. the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something.
2. The condition of being eager to act or work.
3. a force or influence that causes someone to do something.

Abraham H Maslow (1908-1970) was a humanistic psychologist who concentrated on human potential for self-actualization. He is chiefly known for his "hierarchy of needs" model which is as follows, listed from least to most important on a psychological scale:

5. Physiological needs:

These include the things that are vital to our survival (food, water, air).

4. Safety needs:

Some of the basic security and safety needs include Financial Security, and Heath and Wellness needs.

3. Social needs:

Some of the things that satisfy this need include: Friendships, Romance, Family and Churches and religious organizations.

2. Self-esteem needs:

The esteem needs include such things as self-esteem and personal worth.

1. Self-actualization needs:

At the very peak of Maslow's hierarchy are the self-actualization needs. "What a man can be, he must be," Maslow explained, referring to the need people have to achieve their full potential as human beings. According to Maslow's definition of self-actualization: "It may be loosely described as the full use and exploitation of talents, capabilities, potentialities, etc. Such people seem to be fulfilling themselves and to be doing the best that they are capable of doing. .. they are people who have developed or are developing to the full stature of which they capable. "

The essence of the hierarchy is the notion of "pre-potency", which means that you are not going to be motivated by any higher-level needs until your lower-level ones have been satisfied. Where the model is useful is in identifying individuals who get stuck on the lower levels, and who because of insecurity or trauma, cannot afford to be concerned about, or lack the motivation to ever reach higher levels.

"Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today." – Author Unknown

Motivation is the characteristic that is required in order to achieve anything in life; without it you will give up at the first sign of adversity. If you embrace and apply motivation it can, and will change your life. You will be inspired to get what you want regardless of what people tell you that you cannot do, or of "obstacles" that try to materialize in your path. If you do not like where you currently are, living life everyday unhappy and frustrated; it is probably because you do not possess any motivation for what you are currently doing, or the direction in which life is "taking" you. It is up to you to find out what you would really like to be doing with your life.

What kind of lifestyle do you want? What kind of career do you want? When you learn how to achieve motivation for something you truly desire; nothing can stop you from having it. So think about what truly motivates you, then take action towards it and it will become your reality!

Now that you truly know what Motivation is, APPLY IT, and above all STAY MOTIVATED!

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