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
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.