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.
Both 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.
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 www.drbywater.com.au or telephone 0448 641 892.