May 29

3 key elements for motivation

Scientific American Mind – November 2012 issue

Motivation is one of the key elements to reach long-term goals. Motivation is also the force keeping together teams pursuing a common goal.

Scientific studies show there are three key elements that give and sustain motivation.
1. Autonomy. Motivation increases when we feel in charge of our actions and results. We feel more engaged when we pursue a goal in which we can decide what to do.
2. Value. Pursuing goals in line with our values motivates us. Giving value to an action makes us feel more engaged; that is why in a team we need to explain the value of our common actions. It helps motivating everyone.
3. Competence. As you devote more time to an activity, you will increase your competence in it and this, in turn, will increase your motivation.

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