How to manipulate your motivation

What exactly is motivation? It is a rather slippery term that seems to have a
different definition depending upon who you ask, but if you look at psychology, it is pared down to the simple definition of: the force that drives us to act; that means any type of action, including getting a glass of water or eating food.

If we had no motivation whatsoever, we would simply die of thirst or malnutrition because we had no driving force to get food and water. Of course, in those cases, the body has certain defenses against starving or dying of dehydration, but the point is that motivation drives everything.

Psychology describes it as the biological, social, cognitive or emotional force that makes us do something. Commonly, people talk about motivation as a compeller to make changes, and that’s basically the definition that we’re going to use in this book. The force that drives us to make changes
and do big things is motivation and if you can control your motivation, you can control your destiny.

What is Motivation Made of?

Understanding motivation is the best way to conquer it and that’s why we’re going to break motivation down further into three parts. If you want to achieve a goal, you know that simply having the desire isn’t enough. In fact, achieving your goals require that you maintain your motivation throughout
the obstacles that you will undoubtedly encounter. Here are the three separate components of motivation:
Activation
Persistence
Intensity

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