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What Motivates You?

Think about a time when you were motivated to do something because it felt good, (inner motivator) or someone said you should, or someone else was doing it (outer motivators).

How did it work out? How did it feel?

Distinguish between inner and outer motivators 

When you’re hungry, you’re motivated to eat. When you feel good about something you’ve done, you’re motivated to do it again. These are inner motivators.

When you’re hungry or you’re feeling good about something you’ve done, what other people think about your decision may not influence you very much. You are born highly motivated to eat. You learn to be motivated by feeling good about something you’ve done.

None of us are born wanting to make a lot of money. Or to become a rock star. Or to save the planet. Money, applause, and saving the planet are outer motivators.

You may learn to place a high value on these things. Or you may not.

Take a close look at your inner motivators when making decisions about your future.

Inner motivators:  

  • Tend to last
  • Move you to make music even when there’s no applause
  • Move you to make planet-friendly choices even when no one else does
  • Can fade away when replaced by outer motivators. For example, you can create a successful environmentally friendly business, then find yourself compromising your standards to maintain your profit margin.

Outer motivators

Outer motivators can take away your control over your choices. For example, you can boost your music career by signing with a major label but then lose control over your creative choices because you must meet the label’s demands.

What’s motivating you today?

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