Your Motivation Needs Assessment indicates the core source of your aspiration and desire to achieve goals. Once you understand the source of your motivation you will begin to recognize the “why” behind most of the things you do.
Intrinsic motivation comes from the pleasure one gets from the task itself or from the sense of satisfaction in completing or even working on a task. An intrinsically motivated person will work on a solution to a problem because the challenge of finding a solution provides a sense of pleasure.
Intrinsic motivation does not mean, however, that a person will not seek rewards or approval. It just means that such external rewards are not usually enough to keep the person motivated.
Reflect on your results
- Is your motivation preference Extrinsic or Instrinsic? What does each mean?
- Think about your home environment. How many people are around you and what role do they play in influencing your energy? Are you usually feeling secluded, wanting those around you to recognize and praise you for your efforts? Or do you feel like you’d benefit if you are left alone, in your own space to find energy/motivation in the accomplishment of your tasks?
- Next, think about your work environment. Do you mostly work with/around others where your motivation is dependent on what they say/feel about your work? Or does your role require you to mostly work on your own? Today, think about how your motivation preference plays a role in the energy you take in and give out at work.
- List two to four people who are close to you. What role do you play in their motivation needs, and how do they effect your motivation? Learning about your personal motivation preferences and that of others, will allow you to better inspire one another.