The basic definition of motivation is “inspiration, stimulus or incentive.” Motivation has also been called an internal need or desire that induces a person to take action. Interestingly, motivation can be either positive or negative, as well as a very subtle or of a more tangible quality. Once you learn what drives you, how and why, you will have more power over yourself.
Some believe this reward-based system eventually evolves into a system of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. Some extrinsic rewards are still largely the same, such as praise from others or wealth; however, now more emphasis is given to intrinsic rewards or internal benefits. For example, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping others or the sense of accomplishment you get from completing a task or achieving a goal.
Ultimately, a person’s motivation, wherever it comes from, will drive him or her to great success or greater failure. If you sense that your inner motivation causes negative effects, or inhibits you from trying to reach out for more, then perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your system of learning. The most successful people in life are motivated. Motivation directly leads to a person taking action. This may be what separates the dreamers from the achievers. Enjoy the feeling you have when you apply your motivation and be even more successful in life.