Sources of Motivation
November 19th, 2012
Gavin G. Coriell
Sources of Motivation
Motivation is an inner force that drives people to move forward in life in search of what they set out to accomplish. It makes one “move into action” (Deckers, 2010, p. 3). The action provides a means for one to achieve what he/she have set as goals. If a person does not feel motivated to do something to accomplish his or her goals there is a chance that the goal(s) will not be reached as lack of motivation may result in lack of focus. Most students are motivated to complete their assignments and participations on time and also making sure they provide substantial posts get good grades. Motivation helps the student to accomplish these tasks better than if motivation was not present. Writing good posts are motives for getting good grades. The diploma at the end of the course is the incentive to put the necessary efforts during the period it takes to complete the course.
Internal and External Sources of Motivation
Sources of motivation are deeply related to internal and external processes. Crocker and Wolfe (2001), states that biological and psychological states and also emotional responses are a few processes that may be linked to sources of motivation. Deckers (2010) add that the evolutionary perspective through common history is also paramount to sources of motivation. A person’s biological attributes (variables) and psychological dispositions (variables) determine what will be motivating (Deckers, 2010, p. 8). A person may be motivated to win a marathon, but if does not have the physical attributes to complete the distance, chances are it will fail. In another instance, it also needs the right psychological proposition to achieve the goal of at least finishing the race. A combination of these two factors increases the chances of winning the marathon, or at least crossing the finish line....
References: Deckers, L. (2010). Motivation: Biological, psychological, and environmental (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
Crocker, J., & Wolfe, C. T (2001). Contingencies of self-worth. Psychological Review, 108 (3), 595-623. doi: 10.1037//0033-295X. 108.3.593
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