When we finally achieve motivation at times it’s short lived because it’s the wrong stimulus to produce lasing results. Stimuli can come from deep inside the mind and soul or be strictly the possibility of being rewarded.
Intrinsic motivation comes from inside a person rather than from an external source. He or she is motivated by the sheer pleasure of a task or the sense of satisfaction of working on a task and its eventual completion. It doesn’t matter if there is no monetary or other physical reward.
What Does It Mean To Be Intrinsically Motivated
If a person is intrinsically motivated he works on a problem or job simply because it’s enjoyable. He works to seek a solution but enjoys the trip not necessarily the destination. The work is not done for payment or reward.
Some students are intrinsically motivated and enjoy the research and homework for the love of learning and not for the grade they’ll receive. Such motivation usually results in excellent grades.
In everyday life, a good example is a person who works a crossword puzzle, a word jumble or a jigsaw puzzle. They enjoy the challenge of learning and achieving knowing that when the puzzle is complete there will be no reward other than self-satisfaction, which is enough.
There are cases where intrinsically motivated people do seek rewards in order to make a living or finish a class but external rewards are not enough to keep them interested. It takes a challenge for a person to pursue money or good grades because reward alone is not satisfying. It’s apparent that intrinsic motivation is very desirable, but few fall into this category. Most students, teachers and others need external rewards to keep them motivated.
How to Become More Intrinsically Motivated
Factors that promote intrinsic motivation are basically challenge, control, curiosity, fantasy, cooperation, competition and recognition. Challenge allows a person to work toward a meaningful go