Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: Where Does Motivation Come From?

Where does motivation come from? What is it for you? Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are often debated, and for good reason. It’s not a black and white answer. Motivation is complicated. In a way.

At the core of the very purpose of iCreateDaily is to encourage and support creators to do the work that matters to you. Daily. But where does that urge to create—and the motivation to do it—come from? Does it come more from internal inspiration or is it generated externally?

Audio Article – Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation:

Some people are motivated more by an internal drive, and others more by external stimulus or pressures.

Which is it for you?

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.
~Zig Ziglar, an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar, an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker #zigziglar #quotes #motivational

What is Intrinsic Motivation?

Intrinsic motivation comes from deep within you… from that voice that will not be silenced, the impulse that compels you to do, be, have or create. Intrinsic motivation arises from your own thoughts, desires and aspirations and is an energy that will not be stilled.

An example of intrinsic motivation could be to awaken with the urge to create something beautiful, so you begin a painting; or you awaken happy and with the urge to sing, and so you do.

Intrinsic motivation will not leave you alone. It compels you to get up and do that which is in your heart to do. Ignoring it can even lead to depression.

Intrinsic motivation wells from deep within you. It is a force that will not be quelled… a voice that will not be silenced… a thirst that will not be quenched.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

What is Extrinsic Motivation?

Extrinsic motivation is inspiration from people, places, things and experiences that cause you to want to do, be, have or create something.

An example of extrinsic motivation could be to see a beautiful painting and want to come home and paint, or to hear a favorite song and you’re inspired to sing along… and keep on singing.

Extrinsic motivation is an outer reflection of an inner yearning… a reminder that gets your attention.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Extrinsic motivation is inspiration from people, places, things and experiences that cause you to want to do, be, have or create something.  An example of extrinsic motivation could be to see a beautiful painting and want to come home and paint, or to hear a favorite song and you're inspired to sing along... and keep on singing. #quotes #motivation #goals

Where do You Find Motivation?

Does it even matter where your motivation comes from?

Yes, it does. It matters because the more you understand yourself, the more you grow, the more you grow the more levels of creativity will you discover. It matters because when you know what motivates you most, then that knowledge becomes a tool in your creator’s tool chest, to put to work when you need a boost of motivation.

When you know what motivates you, that knowledge becomes a tool in your creator’s tool chest, you can use at will.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Does it even matter where your motivation comes from?  Yes, it does. It matters because the more you understand yourself, the more you grow, the more you grow the more levels of creativity will you discover. It matters because when you know what motivates you most, then that knowledge becomes a tool in your creator's tool chest, to put to work when you need a boost of motivation. #quotes #mindset #inspiration #motivation

Finding Motivation

If you’re not sure, you can discover more about your motivators by reflecting on the last times you were engaged creatively doing work you love. You can also keep track of your observations the next time  you’re inspired to create something.

Discover Your Motivators

Ask yourself these three simple questions for reflection starters:

  1. What inspired me today?
  2. What motivated me to start?
  3. What kept me motivated to continue?
Extrinsic motivation inspires you from the outside in.

Looking for Extrinsic Motivation

When you don’t feel motivated what do you do? Where to you go to find it? Can motivation be found?

This phrase in an article leapt out at me: “Finding motivation.” I nodded my head… “Yeah… that’s a worthy pursuit.” But then… wait a minute. Do we really find positive motivation or do we create it?

Does motivation come from the inside out, compelling us to take action, or does motivation come from the outside, in, nudging us to get busy?

 

internal motivation, self-motivation
Intrinsic motivation compels you to create from the inside out.

 

External Positive Motivation Can be Found, but…

What do you think? Do you think if you’re not feeling motivated, that you can find that motivation?

So here’s the thing: in order to be in a space to even begin seeking positivity, you have to have enough of that, intrinsic within you to know that you want it. You have to have enough self motivation—and self awareness—to even make that choice.

The impulse to change is a spark to start the flame of desire to move from where you are to where you want to be.

The more positive thoughts you create, the more you’ll have. Each positive thought ignites the synapsing to other areas of your brain that push the flow to other areas of your body, imbuing your body with the energy of a lighted, uplifted mind.

The choice to seek extrinsic motivation begins with an intrinsic decision.
The mindset needed to respond to external motivation begins with an internal impulse for more.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

5 Ways to Find Motivation

If you’re inclined toward depression, is could actually be a blessing. It could be your intrinsic self seeking to flag your attention. Whatever the cause, there are five most important things you can do for your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing, that will help you get unstuck and move forward:

  1. Eat healthy. Junk food triggers depression and wreaks havoc on your hormones and blood sugar, which wreak havoc on your emotional stability.
  2. Exercise. Your body was made to move. The reason most fitness instructors are so (annoyingly, to some) cheerful is because exercise and being fit generate that. Movement also stimulates creativity.
  3. Be grateful. Gratitude generates positivity
  4. Create. Do the work that matters to you. The work you feel compelled to do.
  5. Find Friends. Hang out with uplifting, positive people.

If you want your work and life to soar, don’t hang out with negativism and negativists. Find friends who are doing more of what you’re doing and aspiring to.

Positive motivation begins and ends with you… your decision, your choice and your effort to rise above the dross and shine.
~LeAura Alderson

This phrase in an article leapt out at me: "Finding motivation." I nodded my head... "Yeah... that's a worthy pursuit." But then... wait a minute. Do we really find positive motivation or do we create it? So Devani and I had a discussion about it, which we will publish on Wednesday's iCreateDaily Podcast Coffee Break session. #positive #goals #motivation

You may also enjoy this article on restructuring your thoughts, and this one on the impact of mindset.

Either way, it’s a similar outcome, isn’t it? It’s an intriguing topic, so Devani and I had a discussion about it, which we shared on one of the iCreateDaily Podcast Coffee Break sessions.

If you’re still struggling with motivation, you can find tips from iCreateDaily community of creators and what they do to get motivated in this article.

Intrinsic motivation compels you to do the work of your soul.
Extrinsic motivation is a catalyst and reminder to discover and pursue that work.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

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Hello! I’m LeAura, a former homeschooling mom, self development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!

I love people, creating, and good conversations on creativity, growth, development and entrepreneurship. So co-hosting the iCreateDaily podcast along with my daughter, Devani, is one of my favorite things to do. We both love to: create, connect and contribute.

I’ve been passionate about helping people all my life. The synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.

My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship.



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