Dancetrain Magazine Motivation What makes you tick

Understanding how you work and what motivates you can get you to your goals faster. What you currently do with ease provides clues to what motivates you. The things that make you upset or angry can also point the way to what you care about. Asking yourself what it is that gets you going about a particular activity can help you to reach your goals, by setting up valued rewards for when the road gets tougher. Good luck!

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There are two sources of motivation: extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Extrinsic factors are those that arise from outside of us and often involve rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition or praise. Intrinsic factors are those that arise from within, such as doing a complex crossword purely for the personal gratification of solving a problem.

pic-2Both extrinsic and intrinsic factors can also be aligned with our personal values, such as being reliable, or having physical beauty. The person who values physical appearance may have no problem scheduling in regular, expensive hair appointments and will be motivated to attend them for as long as is needed, which would be difficult for an individual who does not value this as highly.

pic-3One person may be more intrinsically motivated in their passion, while others may be more extrinsically motivated, and will persist for a reward they value. Dancers may value and be motivated by different things, for example, the intrinsic motivators of self-expression, the feeling of dancing, the satisfaction of being consistent, or the extrinsic motivators of winning praise or triumphing over the competition. Why we do things may sometimes quite complex, and one person can value a combination of all of these factors or be motivated for quite another set of reasons altogether!


Read more from Kate about how to access your motivation in our latest issue.

Dr. Kate Fennessy is a Clinical Psychologist who works with adults and young people in private practice in Sydney. In addition to promoting positive mental health and treatment for a wide range of difficulties, she specialises in the treatment of eating disorders.  For more information visit or telephone 0448 641 892.

Dancetrain Magazine Motivation What makes you tick