Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Many contemporary authors have also defined the concept of motivation. Motivation has been defined as: the psychological process that gives behavior purpose and direction (Kreitner, 1995); a predisposition to behave in a purposive manner to achieve specific, unmet needs (Buford, Bedeian, & Lindner, 1995); an internal drive to satisfy an unsatisfied need (Higgins, 1994); and the will to achieve (Bedeian, 1993). For this paper, motivation is operationally defined as the inner force that drives individuals to accomplish personal and organizational goals.
motivation is defined as communicating to an internal force that actuates a behavioral pattern, thought process, action or reaction. Negative forces or positive forces can act as actuators.

In general it could include but is not limited to the use of words, circumstances, situations, and external and internal forces.

When used effectively by a speaker, this force can help individuals or groups work toward common goals and reach them.

Application of the definition of motivation is varied by socio-economic groups, culture, background, and the neural programming of our brains.
Negative and positive motivational forces could include coercion, desire, fear, influence and need. Depending on how coercion, fear and influence are framed, they could be either negative or positive forces that act as actuators. For instance a fear (negative force) of bodily injury could be a motivation to implement the use of safety equipment (positive force).
Motivation is simply - The reason for an action- That which gives purpose and direction to behaviour.

Motivation is “WHAT drives you” to behave in a certain way or to take a particular action. It is your WHY.
"Motivation towards better performance depends on the satisfaction of needs for responsibility, achievement, recognition and growth".
Quotes - Example use of the word motivation

1. the reason for the action
2. that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
3. we did not understand his motivation
4. he acted with the best of motives
5. providing incentive
6. his motivation was at a high level

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