So why does motivation seem to be so elusive to some and others have MOJO to burn? Is someone wielding a big stick to get those with the MOJO to burn, to complete tasks? Actually, being pressured to complete a task will get a person motivated, to a point, but the desired outcome may not be exactly what the stick wielder was after. This form of negative extrinsic motivation can be found throughout schooling, training and work environments. Just because it is used frequently, is it the most productive way to motivate a learner or employee? I'm sure you know the answer to that one - NO. So why is it implemented so frequently and in so many different situations and
Let's look at two forms of motivation -intrinsic and extrinsic. Definitions for these two types of motivation abound across the internet (286,000 from a Google search). Basically, intrinsic motivation is when you decide to do or achieve an outcome. Extrinsic motivation on the other hand is when someone else decides that you will achieve an outcome. From my Six Degrees of Contemplation™ teaching practices, motivation is the only element which weaves its way through and supports the other five elements. Intrinsic motivation involves an individual challenging themself to complete a task and setting goals to achieve the desired outcome e.g. to become the Guinness Book of Records hotdog eating champion will require daily training by consuming a given number of hotdogs. Whereas, extrinsic motivation relies on a system of reward or punishment e.g. completing a set of tasks in the workplace to a predetermined level will be rewarded with a bonus or reprimand maybe even dismissal if unable to complete tasks successfully.