What is motivation? Motivation is an important concept
in psychology. It is important to define motivation. There
are a number of theories of motivation. Below is one
definition of motivation:
Motivation is an internal process that directs and
maintains behavior. Motivation is an internal process
that can cause someone to move towards a certain goal.
There may be many good examples of motivation. Below
are five motivation examples:
A person who is motivated by the desire for achievement or
status may spend many hours studying, apply to graduate
school, and wish to become a college professor.
A person who is motivated by money may desire to work
more hours for higher pay, or accept a job as a salesperson
in which the pay is based on the number of products sold.
A person who is motivated by the desire for self-expression
may decide to become a writer may spend many hours
A person who is motivated by the desire to help others may
become a volunteer for a nonprofit and donate a significant
amount of money to nonprofits.
A person who is motivated by the need to find meaning in
life may prefer to have a job that is higher in meaning and
lower in pay than a job that is higher in pay and lower in
1. My book, Finding Meaning, has ideas about finding
meaning in life, work, and adversity.