Motivators have a big impact on your life. There are different types of motivators and each one of them is unique in its own way. In the following chapter you will learn more about different types of motivators.
Understanding the Different Kinds of Motivation
What drives people to do the things that they do? Why are some people successful while others fail? The right answer for this probably lies in their motivations.
Even from an early age, you are aware that motivation is what prompts you to learn and exhibit various kinds of behavior, stimulating you to accomplish new successful feats. And when you mature and grow older, while going through the different stages of your life, you also get to learn the things that motivate you and the things that don’t.
In general, motivation is defined as the force which compels people to action. This is what drives you to work hard and pushes you to succeed. It greatly influences your behavior as well as your ability to accomplish goals.
Motivation comes in different forms, with every single one of them having an influence on a person’s behavior. No specific kind of motivation works for all people. Individuals have different personalities, so therefore, their motivators will be different as well.
Types of Motivation
Fear – This kind of motivation comes with consequences and this is usually used when another kind of motivation, the incentive motivation, becomes a failure. Negative consequences or punishment are forms of this motivation. This is usually used for motivating students in educational systems and is also used in professional
settings for motivating employees. When rules are broken or the set goal was not achieved, you will be penalized in some way.
Incentive – This form of motivation is one that involves rewards, either in the form of money or not. A lot of people are driven when they know that they will be getting a reward when they reach a goal or target. Promotions and bonuses are great examples of this kind of motivation.
Growth – The need to improve yourself is a kind of internal motivator. The burning desire to know yourself more as well as the outside world is something that can be a strong motivation form. Humans by nature will always seek to grow and learn. Motivation for growth is seen in a person’s yearning for change. A lot of people are wired by their personalities or upbringing to always look for change either in their knowledge or internal or external environment. Stagnation is considered as both undesirable and negative.
Achievement – Also called a drive for competency, achievement motivators are used when you are driven to attain your goals and take on new challenges. It is when you want to improve your skills and prove your competency, not only to others, but also to yourself. In general, this feeling of achievement and accomplishment is something that has an intrinsic nature.
Social – A lot of people are motivated by different social factors. It can actually be the desire to be accepted or belong to a certain peer group or the desire to relate to other people in your environment or the world as a whole. You have this innate need of feeling connected
with others, and the need for affiliation and acceptance. A passionate and genuine desire or contributing and making a difference in other people’s lives can also be another form of this social motivation. When you have the longing of making a contribution to the world around you, you are more than likely driven by social factors.
Power – Power motivation can either be in the form of desire of controlling other people or desire for autonomy. You want to have control over your life and make your own choices. You strive for your ability to direct the way that you live now and the way that your life is going to unfold in the future. Also, some people aspire of controlling others around them. Some people have a stronger desire for this compared to the rest. In some instances, this power craving can make people exhibit immoral, illegal or harmful behaviors. In some situations, the longing for power is as simple as the desire of affecting others’ behaviors. It is when you want people to do what you want based on your timetable and how you want things to be done.
By determining your motivators, you will be able to pinpoint the specific type of motivation that will be most effective when it comes to inspiring proper behavior, either in yourself or in other people.