Motivation is the drive or desire to achieve your goals. You push yourself each day to improve the quality of your life. If you want to be fit, you’ll be driven to watch fitness videos, follow a strict diet, and work toward a healthy lifestyle. Your desire to earn more, help others, or commit to change all stem from different types of motivation that are a result of internal and external factors.

Categories Of Motivation

In essence, there are two broad categories of motivation—Internal and External:

1. Internal or intrinsic factors are driven by self-fulfillment. It’s something you do for self-satisfaction like finishing your summer reading list.

2. External or extrinsic factors drive you to reap external rewards like a promotion at work.

 Both positive and negative factors motivate you to improve the way you do things so you achieve your desired outcome.

To understand motivation and its types, you have to identify your aspirations. Interpreting Self is an insightful course that helps you understand yourself. You’ll be able to categorize your strengths and weaknesses and develop self-awareness.

Learn to pursue your goals with well-planned strategies and frameworks such as The Johari Window and Harappa Kaleidoscope Framework. They’ll help you discover your development needs, values, and blind spots. Let’s look at different types of motivation that encourage you to make progress toward your professional goals.


Types Of Motivation

In a professional setting, motivation represents your will to perform well for rewards such as a raise, larger paycheck, promotion, and praise from managers. Here’s a list to explain the types of motivation that drive your professional ambition.

1. Incentive-based Motivation

Reward-based motivation is driven by incentives. It’s not about the process or steps you take to get to the final stage. You’re motivated to complete your task when you know there’s a reward waiting for you. It can be an incentive like a monetary reward for a project or even a raise.  

2. Achievement-based Motivation

Achievement motivation represents an appreciation for the process of accomplishing your goals. You’re not necessarily motivated by the reward but the pursuit of reaching your destination. Entrepreneurs are mostly driven by achievement-based motivation. 

3. Attitude-based Motivation

Attitude-based motivation is an altruistic drive to change things around you. If you’re motivated to change or if you enjoy volunteering because it benefits others, then you’re motivated by attitude. This also echoes your commitment to your values and beliefs. Attitude motivation is important for personal growth and self-improvement.


4. Power-based Motivation

If you aspire to become the next Sundar  Pichai (CEO, Google), for instance, then you’re driven by power-based motivation. The desire to achieve higher positions in your organization comes from power-based motivation. This doesn’t mean that you’re ruthless in your ambition. It has more to do with becoming the best or being in a position of authority.


5. Affiliation-based Motivation

If you enjoy working in a team to accomplish larger organizational goals or perform better with praise from managers then you’re driven by affiliation-based motivation. This falls under types of motivation that help you achieve social goals to advance in your professional career.


6. Competence-based Motivation

Competence-based motivation drives you to become the best version of yourself. If you’re someone who loves to learn for the sake of learning and improving your skills, you’re driven by competence motivation. You’re able to tackle challenges at work because your driving force helps you focus on what’s important.


7. Fear-based Motivation

Types of motivation aren’t always positive. Sometimes you’re motivated to complete a task at work because you’re afraid of making a bad impression. Fear-based motivation is often observed in students and employees. The fear of consequences such as bad grades or getting fired can drive you to work productively and accomplish your tasks.

Different types of motivation drive you to maximize your effort to get what you want. Sometimes when you feel dejected at work because of a mistake, you can find it within yourself to change things in your favor. 

Motivation can help you achieve tasks that are as simple as waking up in the morning. When you can identify what motivates you, you become more comfortable with who you are. Harappa Education’s Interpreting Self course helps you zero in on what drives you. The course frameworks and concepts will help you cultivate self-awareness, identify your strengths, and reach your goals. Sign up for the course today!

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