Internal motivation – also called intrinsic motivation – is something that’s driven from internal rewards. In other words, something that’s naturally satisfying to you.
So, the best sources include the following:
Doing something that’s fun for you
In other words, simply doing it because you enjoy it – not for any other reason. You might like going for a run because you love the headspace it gives you. Or playing a team sport because you love the camaraderie it brings.
Perhaps you enjoy baking cookies because you like giving them out to other people and seeing the happiness it brings them. Or maybe you love scuba diving because you can gaze in wonderment at the life under the waves.
As you can see, if carrying out task or action is something that you enjoy, this is one of the very best sources of internal motivation.
Learning something that you want to learn
If you decide to take on a new skill, then if it’s something that interests you greatly then this is a great source of internal motivation. You’re not learning French because you’ve been told to do it – you’re doing it for the thrill of being able to communicate in another language.
You might decide to learn more about computers, because this will help you be better at your job. This is all about personal satisfaction – in other words, you’re doing it for you, and not for any other reason.
You make a decision to cut your working hours
You do this because you want to achieve a personal goal of improving your life outside of work. You might have worked out a way to reduce your outgoing expenses so you can realistically work less hours. This is a great example of internal motivation to do something that is important to you.
You take on extra responsibilities at work
Not for extra money, or promotion. But because it increases your self-esteem and you enjoy the responsibility. Sure, in the end this might well lead to further professional opportunities, but that’s not your primary reason for doing so. You’re simply doing it because you want to, and it makes you feel good about yourself.
If you’ve got something to achieve, and a deadline to do it by, this itself generates a great source of motivation. Diarize what you need to – set yourself up to get excited. Use a calendar (such as Google Calendars) to send you emails and/or texts to further fuel your excitement…
As you can see, internal motivation is something that comes from within. There are many ways that you can help boost it, but the very most important factor is that whatever you’re looking at achieving, you have to enjoy it.
If you’re not motivated from within, then you’ll need to look at methods of external motivation to get you past the goal post…
The following video by motivational expert, Mike Martens, will help explain further. And we have to say, just listening to the guy gets us all fired up… It really is worth the 5 minutes watch to truly understand what internal motivation is all about…