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On motivation

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On motivation
The three elements of motivation

Motivation start with an impulse to change or do something
Motivation requires desire - how much do you really want to achieve that goal?
You might really want something - but will that be enough to stop giving up when times get seriously tough?
Persistence is about determination, structure, will-power and most importantly, patience.

Persistence is about pushing on even when you desperately want to turn back, even when that initial 'activation' stage is but a distant dream and the intensity of your desire to succeed begins to waver.

3. Persistence






Motivation 2.0



Market (motivation 2.0)

Social (motivation 3.0)

Autonomy support:
Their perspective

When autonomous:
Positive emotions
Psychological and physical wellness

Autonomy - control over what we do and how we do it

EY Soft Skills Academy

On motivation


Self-motivation techniques

The importance of values

Elements of motivation

Autonomous motivation at work

Content and benefits

Why is motivation important for success?



How to motivate ourselves

How to motivate you peers and work together successfully

How to motivate the team when you coordinate it

Setting goals
High level of confidence
Wishful-thinking attitude
Reward based (success)

Low activation level because of:

Fearing failure
Being unaware of the true potential
Having low self-confidence or low self-esteem
Feeling happy living a quiet, unchallenging existence

1. Activation

High activation level because of:
Do you want to achieve your goal enough to make other sacrifices in your life?

Think about the consequences and responsibilities you might have to take and set right goals...

Motivation requires desire

How much do you really want to achieve your goals?

2. Intensity

1. Without activation, you will never feel the impulse to start something.

2. Without intensity, you will eventually lack the desire to keep going.

3. Without persistence, you will never have the drive to overcome the
obstacles separating you from your goal.

Activation, Intensity, Persistence

Values motivate, guide a person and are the fundamentals of any decision process and organizational culture.

We want to do things because in some way they are important to us. What is important to us is governed by our values and these differ from person to person.

Are you motivated by money, acknowledgment or work-life balance?
Are you motivated to work on your own?
Are you interested to be part of something larger?

On values

What is the most preferred in jobs?
Important and meaningful work – 50%
High income – 24%
Chances for advancement – 16%
Job security – 6%
Short work hours – 4%


Source: National Opinion Research Center Surveys,
University of Chicago
Dimensions of empowerment

Freedom of choice
Your work is important
Personal efficiency
Your actions affect the success


Characteristics of motivational feedback

Motivation goes through 3 stages: activation, intensity
and persistence.

Be aware of the importance of your autonomy and access to your flow and these will bring you freedom to act and instill motivation.


You can take a test to find out what are your motivation triggers

Here’s the link to the website where you can take the test: Link

It’s free and it takes only 10 minutes!

Discover your motivation style

Everyone is always motivated
People can be motivated to do several things at the same time

In western cultures, about 40 per cent of the population are motivated towards pleasure.

Avoid pain
40 per cent are motivated to move away from pain
Gain pleasure
Set the right goals or at least set some goals

Have the right attitude:
1. get experience from the past
2. get inspiration from the future
3. get along well with everybody
4. believe in yourself

Measure progress against your goals
is the reason for an action.

That which gives you
purpose & direction to behavior.
Motivation is
“what guides you”
is your "why"
Define Motivation
for Yourself,
Know your values
and principles.
Defining YOUR values and principles will give you clear boundaries and guidelines,
and will define your
If you define motivation in a personal manner that is relevant to you, it will compel you to take action.
Motivation is deeply tied to your goals.

Because your goals are personal.
Setting goals

1. Decide what you really want to achieve.

Make your plan of action
Review your goals frequently
3. Set a deadline for your goals

2. Be specific and realistic about what it is that you want to achieve.
Execute your plan
write out your goals
be detailed
include deadlines
be clear
Tips on Daily Motivation
Be Patient
Be realistic
Do. Do. Do.
Focus on your dreams
Start the day with passion
Feed Your mind
Be grateful. Gratitude is happiness. Happiness is motivating
Force yourself to smile and make small talk even if you don't want to- the social stimulation will trigger serotonin, the 'feel good' hormone, and make you feel better.

Learn to feel lucky - write down a list of things you are fortunate to have in life. Often our unhappiness and lack of motivation stems from feeling sorry for ourselves.
Act - your thoughts and your actions are deeply interrelated.
Self-discipline, an important part of the 'persistence' stage of motivation

We all need to find our own incentives to do things in life. Self-discipline is difficult and takes a lot of control and practice - and we all give in to our temptations sometimes!

Set your own rules

Don't compare yourself to others - seeing richer, thinner, happier people can, whether we admit it or not, make us feel worse. You don't know what's really going on in their lives and if you did, you might realize you prefer your own.

There is a big difference between comparing yourself to others and recognizing other people's achievements. Having a role model requires respect.

Never feel bitter about others people's successes - instead, look up and see these people as role models.

What is motivation?
Motivation is your why based on your values and principles that gives purpose and direction to your behavior.
Motivation 3.0
Story zen
Hammer story
Angela story
Dan Ariely - Irrationally predictable
Daniel Pink - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
Mihaly Csikszentmihaly - Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

Solving complex problems requires an inquiring mind and the willingness to experiment one’s way to a fresh solution.
Mastery - attaining new knowledge and skills
Mastery begins with “flow”
Mihaly Csikszentmihaly - describes flow as the moment at which “a person’s body or mind is stretched to the limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”
Mastery is a mindset: It requires the capacity to see your abilities not as finite, but as infinitely improvable.
Mastery demands effort, grit and deliberate practice. As wonderful as flow is, the path to mastery – becoming ever better at something you care about – is a difficult process over a long period of time
Practice makes perfect? To achieve mastery, you have to devote time to practicing something and getting better at it a little at a time, day by day.

Goals become crystal clear and efforts to achieve them are very black and white.

People live so deeply engaged, that their sense of time, place and even self melt away.
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