It is a fact that we all lose motivation at some point – we feel less enthusiastic about completing a task and we have all made excuses on why we should not do it! The funny thing is though that we tell ourselves we should and that we have to, but we still do nothing. For the benefit of those stuck in that dark place, I would like to give you some peace of mind.

I will therefore go over a few types of motivation including Intrinsic motivation and Extrinsic, along with what they mean. Following this, I will suggest a few measures you can put in place to further enjoy these things or improve your perception towards them.

Intrinsic Motivation:

According to Coon & Mitterer, 2010 “Intrinsic motivation occurs when we act without any obvious external rewards. We simply enjoy an activity or see it as an opportunity to explore, learn, and actualize our potential” (In  Cherry, 2016). This Intrinsic motivation then drives us to do that task and enjoy it.

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Intrinsic Motivation – when you enjoy what you are doing and feel motivated to do it

It may be worth seeing what you need to do in a more positive light. Not that you HAVE to do it, but that it WOULD BE NICE to do. Your attitude towards something can really make a difference on whether you pursue something.

Extrinsic Motivation:

In contrast, saying that you HAVE to do it, is known as as Extrinsic motivation, in which you complete a task to get external awards (Cherry (2), 2016). Examples may include learning to drive because a job requires you to travel and have a full driving license.

We don’t enjoy  doing these things as we are not doing it out of love for the task but for a reward. This way of thinking is crippling as we just see it as more of an effort and sometimes make excuses to avoid it. It also has little impact on your current performance and can make us less likely to undertake similar tasks in the future (Bénabou and Tirole, 2003).

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Extrinsic Motivation – It is seen as a hassle or something that you have to do, rather than something you enjoy


Clearly we are more motivated to do something if we enjoy it, so one way to improve our motivation is to try and change our perception of the activity. By doing it with a friend or just doing it in a different way, it can add excitement to it and help the time go quicker. If we apply this to learning to drive, you could listen to music, drive in a different area or have different people in the car with you. You will then no longer see it as a repetitive task and start to enjoy it!

The last thing I can say is that as you get better at something, you tend to enjoy it more.The phrase “practice makes perfect” comes to mind. So keep on going and stay positive!

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Keep on going – all will become easier!

This is only one scenario but I would love to hear about anything you like/don’t like doing and how you handled it. If you would like any more information, the websites used for this article have a lot more to read up on.


Bénabou, R and Tirole, J. (2003). Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation. Available: Last accessed 3rd July 2016.

Cherry, K (2). (2016). Differences Between Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation. Available: Last accessed 3rd July 2016.

Cherry, K. (2016). What Is Intrinsic Motivation?. Available: Last accessed 3rd July 2016.








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