Occasionally we are asked to do ‘motivational’ seminars for our clients. The crAzy™ thing is that, despite what you may think, we just don’t do motivational seminars. Sure, people may leave our sessions feeling pumped and excited by possibilities, however true motivation cannot be created in an afternoon seminar. Allow me to explain….
The word motivation comes from the Latin ‘movere’ (to move). The etymology of the word tells us that motivation is caused by a clear motive or “that which inwardly moves a person to behave a certain way”.
|Late Latin||Late Latin||Old French||Late Middle English|
|Movere (to move)||motivus||motif||motive|
Thus motivation has become defined as follows;
mo·ti·va·tion (noun \ˌmō-tə-ˈvā-shən\ )
- the act or process of motivating someone: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something
- the condition of being eager to move i.e. to act or work: the condition of being motivated
Motivation, as the definition suggests, is divided into two types; extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation relies on motives given to us by the world around us, such as money, praise or even attending a motivational talk. Extrinsic motivation though it can be powerful, has a limited shelf life and needs to be topped up from the outside by attending another talk, seeking more praise, or receiving another reward of sorts.
Intrinsic motivation on the other hand, is the quality of motivation fuelled by an internal motive that doesn’t run out. Intrinsic motivation comes from having a higher purpose, a passion, a reason for doing what we do every day or the drive to leave a meaningful legacy. This kind of motivation is self-perpetuating and doesn’t require constant refills from high energy motivational talks, pay increases or pep talks from the boss.
If you feel worn out by giving pep talks to staff, or financially stretched by paying for your motivational talk fix every 6 months, you definitely have a motive for shifting yourself or your team into a space of being internally motivated day after day.
Though we don’t do motivational seminars here, we do take our clients on a journey to finding their intrinsic motivators that will never run out. Speak to us today about our Legacy programmes or our Neuroscience of Motivation seminars. Moreover, because we are crAzy™ we have made our programmes so ‘motivational’ that you will never need to hire us again for a top-up (unless you want to of course!)
To hire us to speak at your staff functions, team building events or training seminars, contact us NOW! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with Motivation as the subject line.
PS: for more on what really creates a strong enough motive for doing anything, watch this video entitled “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us” by Dan Pink. When you watch it, do so with this question in mind; how does the work YOU do change the world for yourself and others?