What Drives You? The Tips for Motivating Yourself

What Drives You? The Tips for Motivating Yourself

“Your own resolution to success is a bit more important than another one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln


Bianca rose to the sound of pigeons cooing and traffic grumbling at work below. As she yawned and stretched, she contemplated what was waiting for her tomorrow.

She felt her motivation slowly drain away each and every deadline and commitment that zipped through her thoughts. As Bianca started to wither and wilt internally, she remembered the motivation pills she’d purchased last week in the Good Value Pharmacy.

There was yellow pills labeled ‘Money’, pink pills labeled ‘Pride’, green pills labeled ‘Family’, purple pills labeled ‘Respect’ plus some ugly grey pills labeled ‘Nagging Advice’. The chemist had said as he dispensed the pills that some works for her and some wouldn’t normally… he could never tell in advance which pills is correct for which customers. Achievable advice in mind along with a smile on her lips, Bianca reached to the one she knew could be just right for her…

One of the better things you can do for yourself on your journey of self discovery would be to work out what drives you. Step one is to identify your values because they provide the fuel to your motivation and the drive behind anything you do in life. Job something you will always obtain the motivation and energy to acheive it. If you don’t value something, you will always struggle to find the motivation and energy to get it done.


Your values are what are important to you. They are the broad concepts that guide your decisions in everyday life and form the basis of your character. Your values also figure out how you spend your time. For instance, if your most important value is health, it will cost your time quite differently from someone whose most important value is career or family.

Values also drive all your motivation. You won’t pursue an alternative unless it relates to something value at some level. Identifying your values lets you kick-start your own motivation, set goals which can be appropriate and spend time on things that you need.

How Your Values Are Formed

Your values are derived from a number of sources in addition to your family, friends, religion, school, teachers, country and the media. They are also shaped at any time in your life by significant emotional events such as natural disasters, emotional abuse, global depression or war.

Your values change as you grow and evolve. Whenever you change your values, you will probably change some of your beliefs and in what way you live life.

How To Identify Your Personal Values

Identifying your individual values helps you to:

– Understand why some issues can be a problem for you;
– See why the main things motivate you and others don’t; and
– Identify and overcome trouble spots of your life.

For example, assume you might have weight issues. You determine your own personal values and find that conditioning doesn’t even rate a mention inside your values. You may have found the reasons you are having weight issues, i.e. health and fitness is not something you value. Even though this remains the case it’s going to be very difficult for you to lose fat and gain a greater amount of health and fitness in your life because you not have any motivation for this.

You can identify your values by asking yourself:

– What is important to me in terms of my life, career, relationships etc?
– What would cause me to leave my life, career, relationships, etc?

When you’ve got an understanding of your values, it will pay to see how they affect your motivation.


Your values drive your motivation. In case you set goals which can be aligned with your values, you will have the motivation to help you achieve them. If you set goals which aren’t in line with your values, it’ll be an uphill struggle to achieve them.

When you understand your values along with their impact on how you are presently motivating yourself you will find a wonderful insight into why you achieve the results that you just do in life. You will also discover how to motivate yourself more effectively in the foreseeable future.

Motivation comes either from the inside you (intrinsic motivation) or from a source (extrinsic motivation).

Extrinsic motivationis given by some factor external to you. It can take the form of inducements (rewards) or punishments. The rewards could be tangible or intangible (such as praise).

Intrinsic motivationis evident if you engage in an activity for its own sake without external incentive. It appears from research produced by Albert Bandura that if you might have more self efficacy (belief is likely to abilities to control your environment) you are more highly intrinsically motivated than other people.

As intrinsic motivation is the only one you can wear and call upon without notice, it is the most important when it comes to self motivation.

Intrinsic motivation can be broken down further into ‘towards’ motivation and ‘away from’ motivation. ‘Towards’ motivation is motivation towards something want and ‘away from’ motivation is motivation from something you don’t want.

‘Away From’ Motivation

‘Away from’ motivation is driven by pain. Pain motivated performance just isn’t pleasant, produces inconsistent results and disappears once the pain is no longer present.

‘Away from motivation’ does, however, supply you with a strong initial motivation to advance away from the thing you don’t want in your own life. A problem with using this type of motivation is basically that you wait until things are bad before you take action to change them. Another problem is that you don’t have a target or goal that you’re aiming for (just something you are running from) so you don’t tend to achieve results.

Sophia uses ‘away from’ motivation regarding her weight. Consequently she is the classic yo yo dieter. Her process goes like this. Sophia looks in the mirror and understands that she is overweight. She says to herself, ‘I wouldn’t like to be fat anymore’. She then continues on a diet to ensure she’s no longer fat. (She is moving away from being fat). At some time she looks inside the mirror and sees that she looks fantastic and is no longer fat. As she is no longer fat, she has just lost the foundation of her motivation (to not fat). As there is no more any motivation, she no more stays on the diet and discards her exercise routine. She will not be motivated to complete whatever she has to stay fit and healthy. At some stage in the future she will try looking in the mirror and again make up the judgment that she is fat and the process will start all over again.

When you are motivated far from something that you don’t want in your life, you tend to focus upon the very thing you don’t want and that is what you attract into your life. As examples:

– If you constantly notify yourself, ‘I don’t want to be broke’, your focus is upon being broke that is certainly where your unconscious mind will aim.
– If you constantly inform yourself, “I don’t want to be single”, your focus is upon being single that is certainly where your unconscious mind will aim.

Motivation far from what you don’t want can keep you going, but it doesn’t do so for long and you cannot be sure what results you are going to achieve. It can give you a fantastic initial boost of their time, but you can never guarantee where you are going to end up as you do not possess a firm direction at heart, just a place you want to get away from. If you use from motivation in your life, you are going to tend to create a group of crises to keep yourself motivated.

‘Towards’ Motivation

If you utilize ‘towards motivation’ you will take action to move towards your goal and you may achieve them usually.

‘Towards’ motivation is the best strategy to motivate yourself. When you are motivated towards what you want, you tend to stay consistently motivated before you achieve your goal (provided you wish it enough).

When you are motivated towards what you need, you constantly set and get goals each time stretching yourself further. By utilizing motivation towards what you look for you give yourself a much larger chance of achieving what you look for out of life.

Can you be sure If The Motivation You have Is ‘Towards’ Or ‘Away From’ Motivation?

Now that we know that values drive your motivation understanding that motivation can be either towards what you would like or away from that which you don’t want. Now it is time to review your values to find out whether the underlying motivation for each and every of your values is:

– towards what you would like; or
– away from that which you don’t want.

To determine if the underlying motivation for every value is ‘towards’ or ‘away from’ think about, “Why is that value crucial that you me?” then listen to your self-talk and note whatever you say to yourself. The clues to whether you are using towards or faraway from motivation for that value are:

Prehaps you are using ‘towards’ motivation in case you:

– talk about what you do want
– don’t use comparisons inside your explanation (better than, worse than, more than)

You are probably using ‘away from’ motivation in case you:

– talk about what you don’t want
– make comparisons within your explanation or use words for example ‘better than’, ‘more than’, ‘less than’, ‘best’ etc. (These show you are unhappy with in places you currently are)
– use words including ‘must’, ‘need’, ‘have to’, ‘got to’ etc

As an example, think that ‘money’ was your highest value in terms of your career. You then ask yourself, “Why is the value ‘compensation’ important to me in relation to my career?”

In case your answer is, “Because I want to create a lot of money and are now living in luxury”, the response would indicate ‘towards’ motivation because of this value.

If your solution is, “Because I don’t want to be broke and i also have to be able to pay my bills”, the response would indicate ‘away from’ motivation for this value.

Your chances of achieving goals concerning ‘money’ are much greater if you use towards motivation.

If you find that you have identified ‘away from’ motivation with regards to any of your values, you will discover:

– This area of your life is one in places you will experience the most difficulties;
– You will not be achieving the results in this area of your life that you might wish; and
– There are unresolved issues to become cleared away and healed with regards to this area of your life before you decide to will experience the success you desire.

This is wonderful information to own as it identifies parts of your life for you to focus upon.

Difficulty with Motivation

We all experience problems with motivation at some point. Days gone by when you just can’t manage to find the desire to do issues you know you should. The down sides can arise because:

– You are have less energy. There are some easy things I’m certain you do when you are feeling ‘low’ to really get your energy back. Remember too that sometimes in life, you may need and deserve a rest.
– The thing you are aiming towards is not something you value. (In this case, question whether you should be exerting your energy in that direction); or
– You have trouible with your motivation strategy (see below).

When it is your motivation strategy that is causing you challenges, identify which the main strategy is causing the problem and after that use one of the following techniques to assist you to change it. If you’re not motivated because:

– You feel overwhelmed, break the aim down into smaller steps and do them one-by-one.
– You are only using ‘away from’ motivation, identify where you stand aiming and focus upon the positive eating habits study attaining it.
– You feel obliged to pursue the aim, either accept the goal is not for you and let it go or focus upon the positive outcomes you will get from achieving the goal.
– You are frightened, identify what may go wrong and what you would do if it did.

In conclusion

If you understand your values, you’ll learn what motivates you and why. If you discover whether you are using towards or away from motivation in different parts of your life, you will have answers why some parts of your life are successful while others are not. If you use one of the above techniques to overcome common motivation problems… and you also take action… you should be on your journey to success!


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