Intrinsic Motivation Vs Extrinsic Motivation
Motivation is ingrained in every single one of us. Some of us are motivated by money whilst others are motivated by being rewarded.
Intrinsic motivation means doing something for the love of it. You complete tasks or do something because you have a genuine passion for it. These tasks are satisfying to do. One example is playing a sport because you enjoy playing it.
Extrinsic motivation means doing something to earn a reward or to not get punished for something. A lot of people are extrinsically motivated and do tasks and activities not because they enjoy it but because they want a reward at the end of it. One example of extrinsic motivation is doing a job to earn money.
I can honestly say that I am part of both of these motivation groups. Intrinsic motivation is something I express all the time and something which plays a huge factor in my life. This blog is intrinsic motivation for me because I do genuinely enjoy writing this blog and reading and responding to the comments. I also take part in sport because I do genuinely enjoy it and I also like to do puzzles and brain teasers because I do genuinely enjoy it.
Extrinsic motivation exists in my life because even though I do love my job and my team, I turn up to work every day to get that money.
I do believe that everyone has both of these types of motivation in their lives but it is the balance which is key. There should be a healthy balance so that you are happy with your lives and you are doing something you are passionate about. For me, I do believe that there is a healthy balance and I am very happy with my current situation and where I am at for this stage in my life.
Let me know in the comments below; what aspects of your life are extrinsic motivation and what aspects of your life are intrinsic motivation and do you feel like there is a healthy balance?