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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 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.

Motivation Examples:

  
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 writing stories.

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 meaning.  (1)

Notes

1.  My book,
Finding Meaning, has ideas about finding meaning in life, work, and adversity.