What is Motivation?

In general, motivation is the desire or willingness of a person to do something. It is a psychological state wherein you are goal-oriented, have self-fulfillment, and have the desire to improve the quality of your life. Motivation is the result of your eagerness to achieve something. Are you aiming for success? Are you motivated? Continue reading for a Dream Life Journey on Motivation.

Sources of Motivation

What drives you? This question is short and simple. For someone who has a family, maybe his/her motivation is parents, siblings, kids or spouse. For someone who is studying, maybe high grades is the driving force. A working person’s inspiration can be pay incentives. Motivation, drive, inspiration, incentive…it may come in many different terms but these words describe motivation that revolves around two things – NEEDS and WANTS.

There are different types of needs. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, there are five:

1) Physiological Needs, or the needs of the body: food, water, breathing, clothing, shelter, and sex. These are the things we humans cannot live without.

2) Safety Needs, which include personal security, financial security, and health. After achieving physiological needs, we need to satisfy our own securities.

3) Love and Belonging Needs. This type of need is so important because as the quote says “No man is an island.” We feel the need to belong, to love and to be loved. We have the urge to feel that we are part of a whole.

4) Esteem Needs, which include self-esteem and self-respect. This type explains why it is normal for us to desire attention, fame, status, recognition, independence, strength, and of course, respect, both from others and ourselves.

5) Self-Actualization. This need is realizing a person’s full potential. This may not mean spiritually reaching the peak of your potential. Although for some, it may. Each one of us has different purpose, so this type of need has different meanings for people.

These needs are what keep us moving. We are humans. We are not constant and at different times we may need different things. When we are still babies, all we need is food, love, and care from our parents. As we grow older, we thirst for joy, knowledge, attention, and more. Our needs change and we cannot alter that; for change is inevitable. But, it is this need that can be a driving motivation for us.

Another thing that keeps people motivated is our wants. This differs to our needs as wants are the things we just desire to have but do not necessarily need. We need food but we want the latest smartphone model. See the difference? This concept is easy to understand because we face this everyday in real life. Also, remember that the needs of others can be wants to some and the wants of others can be needs to some. Wants keep us motivated because as people, it is human nature for us to do everything we can to achieve those things we deeply desire.

Motivation as a Key to Success

Daniel Goleman, the American psychologist who developed the concept of Emotional Intelligence in the 90s, pinpointed the 4 elements that make up motivation. These are:

  • Our personal drive to improve and achieve. To be called motivated, we have to have the mindset of achieving something and improving ourselves. It is the first step of success- proper mindset. Without this thinking, we cannot be successful in life.
  • Commitment to our goals. One answer to the question How to be successful?” is that you must be committed to your goals. By developing a fierce dedication, you let nobody stop you from achieving these goals. Shift by thinking of each hindrance as a challenge, and not a factor for you to stop reaching moving forward. When you honestly consider yourself as someone committed to his/her goals, then you are truly motivated.
  • Initiative, or readiness to act on opportunities, as well as optimism. No matter how big or small the opportunity is, grab it. Small opportunities might be your stepping stone to success. Big opportunities, needless to say, are a huge boost to your life in general. Moreover, positivity is also a secret to success and motivation. Surely, you are going to encounter a lot of problems, issues, and troubles along the way. Face each of them with a big smile on your face and say, “Challenge me.” You will find yourself motivated to continue merrily on your way.
  • Resilience. As mentioned previously, you are going to face a lot of challenges while aiming for success. If you failed on the first try, do not be afraid to start again. Recover from any  damage and rebuild yourself. Fall once, stand up twice. Motivated people have that as their motto. Make it as yours, too.

From all the elements mentioned above, would you consider yourself a motivated person? Do you agree that Motivation is a Key to Success?

Why is it important to be motivated?

You will notice that some people are highly motivated while others lack enthusiasm. Which one are you? If you are the type of person who does things eagerly, then you are a highly-motivated individual and you should continue on this path. However, if you are the type of person who has no enthusiasm and finds yourself avoiding key tasks, then you may lack motivation.

Have you noticed that many people seem so half-hearted when they are working, studying or just performing routine activities. It may mean two things – they are not happy with what they are doing, or they are not motivated. For many, the issue may be their lack of motivation. In the workplace, decreased productivity is also a sign that motivation is missing. But why does it matter? So, why is it important to be motivated?

Motivation is a building block of Emotional Intelligence, or a high Emotional Quotient (EQ). Emotional Intelligence is the extent to which we are self-aware, can self-manage, can motivate ourselves, can express empathy, and possess social skills. Take note of the phrase, “can motivate ourselves.” Can you? At times, we look outside ourselves for motivation when true motivation comes from within.

Research indicates EQ can predict the success of a person more consistently than IQ can. In other words, your success is so much more than knowledge. Knowledge is a plus but your emotional skills can lead you to success and make the difference in your life. Just like the quote says, “IQ can get you a job, but EQ can give you a promotion.”

Motivation is important in identifying your goals. Goals are the result of a desire for change. Creating goals requires motivation. Motivation is what sparks your interest. It opens up your mind to change. It is the fuel source that powers your desire to achieve your goals.

Without motivation, positive change does not happen. You can’t make a great things happen in your life by approaching things half-heartedly. The only way to create something big, to build something brilliant, to construct something unforgettable, is to do it with enthusiasm. Reflect on your life. I would imagine the best things that have occurred are those where you were overflowing with motivation!

Motivation sets apart a goal and an action. Let’s say, you already have goals. So what? A goal cannot be completed without actually fulfilling it. Let motivation kick in and start bringing that goal to life! Success can never be achieved by just dreaming. You have to work at it with motivation and commitment.

Need to break through hindrances? Turn up your motivation to make progress. Motivation does not just help in creating the plan and taking action, but also in fighting through those barriers that are sure to surface. Every success journey is fraught with difficulties. Having motivation will help you overcome these difficulties.

Consistency is the key. If you want to create sustained success, be consistent. If you have already reached a high-level of success, how sure are you that you will remain there? Motivation is a key source of the consistency needed to have long-term success.

If your desire is to create sustainable success, reflect on your level of motivation. It could be the missing key to your success.

Let’s end with this quote from Zig Ziglar…

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily.”

I hope I have shared enough for you to work on being motivated! Stay tuned for our next blog on Ways to Get Motivated.”

Share your questions, opinions, suggestions, and insights below. I would love to read and respond.





What is Emotional Intelligence and Why is it so Important?

It is almost certain that you have heard of Emotional Quotient, EQ, and Emotional Intelligence before, but have you ever asked yourself if you are Emotionally Intelligent? If you have, do you know why it is so important? In this blog article, I will share more about emotional intelligence and its importance to every person, every workplace, every society, and even to the whole world.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

According to psychologists Peter Salovey and John Mayer, emotional intelligence is “the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth.” In layman’s terms, it is the extent to which we are self-aware (able to recognize and understand our emotions), can self-manage (able to adapt and control our emotions and reactions), can motivate ourselves (taking the right actions to achieve a goal), can express empathy for other people, and possess social skills (ability to build positive relationships with others).

Emotional intelligence is measured through standardized tests and the result of these tests is called the emotional quotient (EQ). The higher your EQ is, the better. However, unlike the intelligence quotient (IQ) which it often fixed by the time you reach a certain age, most scholars and psychologists believe that EQ is malleable and can be enhanced and learned.

Why is emotional intelligence important?

EQ may not be as famous as IQ,  yet many experts deem it as more important than IQ. Why? Studies show EQ is a better predictor of success, quality of relationships, and happiness of a person. It is evident everywhere and is critical in all aspects of life. Have you ever heard someone making statements like these: “Wow, what a positive person! He will surely achieve something great in life!” or “She is very caring and sociable. She is such a great boss.” These comments illustrate that when a person has high EQ (even when the person does not know it), people believe that the person will likely be successful. So, why is EQ important to everyone?

  1. EQ is absolutely an important part of forming, developing, maintaining, and enhancing personal relationships with others. It is undeniable that people who know how to build positive relationships with other people will most likely be successful in their fields. Workers with high EQ can work harmoniously in teams and adjust to changes. No matter how intelligent you are, if you have low emotional intelligence, you are unlikely to succeed or at the very least it will be very difficult. However, take comfort in knowing that you can still improve your EQ skills.
  2. Being aware of oneself means being able to handle constructive criticisms. You would probably agree that there is no perfect person in the world and in everything we do, the criticism of others helps us achieve and advance. If you have high EQ, you are self-aware, meaning you understand your strengths, admit your weaknesses, and know how your actions will affect other people surrounding you. Your high EQ allows you to take these criticisms as an opportunity to improve your performance. This is a crucial part of working in an environment with many stakeholders.
  3. Self-motivated people can inspire everyone. When a person is self-motivated, they can often motivate others just by their actions. A self-motivated person is someone who is optimistic and is driven by what really matters to him/her. Who would not want a self-motivated person around, right? Motivation is contagious and a highly-motivated household, workplace, or society will repeatedly outperform non-motivated ones. Low-motivation may be a sign that your emotional quotient is low in one or more of the key EQ areas as discussed above.
  4. EQ makes the world genuine. People with a high Emotional Quotient have compassion that allows them to connect with others on an “emotional level.” If a person is able to empathize with others, then he/she will work genuinely and attend to others’ needs with compassion and care; even during times of challenge.
  5. Having high EQ means being able to control yourself in all situations. Your fellow employee shouts at you angrily for some unknown reason. Given this scenario, would you be able to control your emotions and not act the same way he did? You see, EQ is connected to how we control both our positive and our negative emotions. Think back to some of the decisions in your life you are not proud of. Ask yourself how many of them relate to a lack of self-control or a lack of impulse control?

Have you been enlightened about what Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Quotient are? Do you agree that it is more important than being “book-intelligent” or having a high IQ? Can you see why EQ is the key to success? Now ask yourself, are you an emotionally intelligent person? If the answer is yes, you are on the right track! Continue along this path, strengthening your EQ skills as you go, and you could be well on your way to success. If your answer is no, do not worry. Emotional intelligence is a set of skills you can improve with focus and a sound strategy. Regardless of where you are today, you cannot go wrong investing in yourself and improving your emotional intelligence skills.

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Is Your EQ the Elephant in the Room?

Tyrese Gibson’s character Roman in the Fast and Furious plays the role of the loveable hot head. In any given scene, we are waiting for the next explosion or objection. You see Roman is someone who can be described as wearing his emotions on his sleeve. For good or for bad, Roman wants you to know when he is happy and when he is angry. He is not going to hide these emotions… he just lets it all hang out!

Roman is not unique. We can all think of someone who is prone to outbursts. Thing about your family members. Who comes to mind as the one who is best described as a shaken can of soda just waiting to be popped! What about the office colleague that always seems on edge. Those are the obvious displays that tell you something about the individual’s emotional intelligence.

But what about the not so obvious? This person is not prone to outbursts but simply does display situational awareness. They tend to be the same in every situation. They are consistent. This is because they are tuned in to who they are and do not feel the need to adjust to the events around them. This person might be heard making the statement, “That’s just how I am.” They may not display a high degree of empathy when a family member or colleague is stressed or angry. Or they may constantly be enveloped by conflict (minor or major).

This type of not-so-obvious EQ display can be the elephant in the room. While everyone can see that something is not quite right, many struggle to pinpoint exactly what problem is. We tend to immediately look at intellect as a potential culprit. After all, a smart person would not behave this way, right? This faulty thinking often takes us off course and diverts our attention away from the true problem which may very well be one of emotional intelligence.

EQ skills are every bit the equal and many would say superior to IQ. Multiple studies have concluded that emotional intelligence is the true predictor of success, in both life and business. The core pillars of EQ include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Many of us may have strong EQ skills in some areas while we may be lacking in other areas. We understand that perfection is not the goal but if you are going to address the elephant in the room, one strategy would be to assess your own emotional intelligence and begin taking steps to strengthen your EQ areas weakness.

Ask yourself honestly, is your EQ the elephant in the room blocking your success?

Until next time, all the best in creating your most amazing life!


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