PSY 355 Sources of Motivation.doc


Sources of Motivation
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Sources of Motivation
Motivation is a crucial element to leading a successful life. A lack of sufficient motivation would make it difficult for an individual to achieve any goals in life. All tasks in life require a certain level of motivation, no matter how simple or complex these tasks may be. Individual levels of motivation are driven by both internal and external sources. Internal sources of motivation can include biological and psychological variables while incentives and goals that drive motivation are considered external sources. An individual’s behavior relies heavily upon these internal and external sources of motivation. Rabideau (2005, para.2) states that, “motivation is the basic drive for all of our actions. Motivation refers to the dynamics of our behavior, which involves our needs, desires, and ambitions in life.”
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