How do you stay motivated? What motivates you?

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How do you stay motivated to blog when you work? Or when you have homework to do?

I get this question at almost every blogger event and at least once a week on my DMs. Like most of us out there, I’m balancing competing priorities (grad school, a full time job, and blogging). Some of us are probably balancing families with full time jobs or maybe graduate school with working. Wherever you’re at in your life, you’ve probably have days or even extended periods where you’ve lost motivation.

So today I wanted to open up about my secrets to staying motivated. My secret to staying motivated in my career, my blog, and grad school is that I understand how I’m motivated. Additionally, in all three spaces in my life, I’m pursuing things that inspire and interest me.

If you’re looking for motivation in your full time job, side hustle, or any other endeavor,  this blog post is for you. By the time you’re done reading this blog post I hope you learn or have an idea of how you’re motivated.

Let’s first start off by understanding intrinsic and extrinsic motivation:

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Intrinsic Motivation:

You do things because it’s personally rewarding to you. You plan, pursue, and act on things because you see the benefits of your actions. You are doing things because you enjoy all of the steps, people, or things to achieve your goals. (Source: Very Well Mind)

According to Happy Manager, intrinsic motivations are linked to our feelings. For instance, you feel satisfied, happy, or appreciated when you’re motivated from within.

Example: Pursuing a graduate degree because you’re learning a skillset or new concepts that will help you with your creative and corporate career.

Extrinsic Motivation:

You do things to either earn a reward or avoid a punishment. Your actions are driven by consequences. (Source: Very Well Mind)

Example: Turning your homework in on time so you get a good grade and aren’t penalized for a late turn in.

The truth is we are all intrinsically and extrinsically motivated in the different aspects of our lives.

Aside from these two major types of motivation, there are sub categories that fall into these types. I personally discovered the different types of motivation my junior year of college in my sales class. As I learned about the different categories of motivation, I immediately resonated with specific types.

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Are you ready to figure out how you’re motivated? Here are 6 Types of Motivation:

Motivated to Achieve:

You’re motivated to achieve your goals and tackle new challenges. You like to improve your skills and prove your competency to yourself and others. You are motivated by the feeling of accomplishment – like learning a new skill or traveling to a place on your bucket list.

Motivated by Fear:

You are motivated by punishment or a consequence. Your actions are around avoiding a penalty – like getting a bad grade or getting written up at work. This type of motivation can be effective in the short run but ineffective if it reduces your intrinsic motivations.

Motivated by Incentives:

You are motivated by rewards. Your actions might be driven by monetary gains, like bonuses or promotions, if you achieve a target or goal.

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Motivated by Growth:

You are motivated by self-development and change. You have the desire to increase your knowledge and understanding of the world around you and/or who you are. You view a lack of growth and change as negative in your life. You yearn for change.

Motivated by Social Factors:

You are motivated by your yearning to belong and be accepted by a group. You want to be able to relate to community. You find that you need acceptance in your life.

Additionally, you might have an authentic desire to inspire or make a difference in others’ lives. You are driven by feeling to want to connect with others.

Motivated by Power:

You are motivated with the desire to control/decide your own lives or control those around you. You desire to affect the behavior of others and want the ability to make those choices to impact others.

In my life, I’d say I’m motivated to achieve, grow and by social factors. For instance, with Emma’s Edition I love connecting with others and being able to give insight or advice to my friends and followers (motivated by social factors). I also love learning how to create better content (motivated by growth) and I get so excited when I drive more and more page views each month (motivated by achievement).

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If you’re looking to figure out your motivation, I would recommend reading through these different types jump out at you.

Ask yourself:

Do you like being rewarded with your actions with money or promotions?

Do you feel a sense of accomplishment when you’re pursuing your passion or working at your day job?

Do you like changing up your normal routine? Or learning new things every day, every month, or every year?

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So remember, the secret to staying motivated is to understand how you are personally motivated and to pursue things that inspire and interest you. If you understand what drives you and your see the importance or benefits of your actions, working towards your goals will feel less like work.

How are you motivated?

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

Photos: Holly Phan

1 Comment

  1. August 10, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Interesting and thought provoking post! I think it’s a good exercise to figure out how individually we are motivated because it also help us find our why. In my opinion, it also help us focus on our journey especially when speaking of blogs and social media. Regarding what motivates me, I am motivated by achievement, by growth and by fear.

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