What is Motivation?


Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether it is turning on the TV or volunteering for the Red Cross in  a rural area for a month.

The term motivation is frequently used to describe why a person does something.

Simply having the desire to accomplish something is not enough. Like wanting to run a Marathon is not enough for us to do it. Achieving such a goal requires the ability to train and change your nutrition and persist in spite of difficulties, exhaustion and distractions.

There are three major components to motivation: activation, persistence, and intensity.

Activation involves the decision to do something.

Persistence is the continued effort toward a goal.

Intensity can be seen in the concentration that goes into pursuing a goal.


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