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Motivation – Your Daily Shower

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

Motivation is our driving force to do anything. It’s the fuel for our fires. Without that constant fuel, our fires tend to flicker out over time. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to keep our motivation up and continue to kindle that fire.

Motivation is Key #2 in our 7 Keys You NEED to Unlock a Better Life NOW

Motivation – Your Daily Shower

There are two types of motivation; intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic Motivation – Intrinsic motivation is derived from the pleasurable feelings one gets from what it is they are doing. This could be pride in a job well done, a sense of accomplishment for completing a task or happiness in the work they are doing.

Intrinsic motivation is more likely to drive behavior over a longer period of time. If an individual can tap into the pleasurable feelings and associate them with the tasks at hand, they are more likely to willingly stick to those tasks.

Extrinsic Motivation – Extrinsic motivation occurs when there is some benefit for the behavior that lies outside of the internal feelings of pleasure directly related to the intrinsic motivation. For example, helping an old lady cross the street is intrinsically motivated by the feelings of happiness you receive by helping out. Being paid to stand at a cross walk and help people cross is extrinsic motivation.

There is some discussion as to whether or not extrinsic motivators inhibit intrinsic motivators that may have existed. For example, giving blue ribbons to children for a good performance, diminishes their intrinsic motivation of feelings of pride for a job well done. If this is the case, long term use of extrinsic motivators may have a strong negative effect.

Identify Your Motivation

Whenever you set out to do a specific task or reach a specific goal, it is critically important to identify your motivation. Why are you doing what you are choosing to do? It is necessary to find the intrinsic motivation first. If you are, for example, losing weight because your doctor, spouse, family, society tells you that you should but you really don’t get any pleasurable feelings from losing weight then you are likely to fail in the long term. However, if you identify losing weight as being something that will allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment with every pound lost or have pride in the healthy eating choices you are making, then you are intrinsically motivated and will more likely experience long term success.

You might be able to identify many regular occurrences when you determined extrinsic motivators that got you to a small goal but failed at sustaining for the long haul. When was the last time you decided to go on a vacation for completing a big project or get a massage for making x number of sales in a week? Once you achieved that short term goal, there was no longer incentive to keep moving forward to your long term goal.

That’s because you may have lacked intrinsic motivation.


Now this doesn’t mean you have to eliminate rewards or extrinsic motivation from your repertoire of motivators. It simply means that extrinsic motivation should play a supporting role rather than the starring role in your motivation show.

Motivate YOU!

It’s time for that daily shower. Even intrinsic motivation requires some form of daily reminder. We have somewhere in the range of 45 THOUSAND individual thoughts in a given day. It’s not likely that our motivators will be at the top of that list unless we make them a priority.

Success Step – Intrinsic Motivation

  • Write down your intrinsic motivator for each of your goals. What are the pleasurable feelings you will receive from this goal? Your WHY may have to do with being a good provider for your family, but the pleasurable feelings are a sense of pride and worth that you receive from being a good provider. Your WHY may be to travel but the pleasurable feelings may be associated with a sense of freedom or adventure that you experience from traveling. Find your intrinsic motivator and write it down on a note card or somewhere you can regularly reference it.
  • Review your intrinsic motivators every morning. This is your reminder for the day of what you have to gain to sticking with the plan.
  • When temptation strikes, take 8 deep, long breaths and review your intrinsic motivators. The breathing will help your willpower center in your brain to reconnect and the review will serve as a reminder of why it’s important for you not to fall to temptation.


Success Step – Extrinsic Motivation

Because there are times when a little nudge can be beneficial, here are a few great tips for extrinsic motivation.

  • Motivational Quotes – set yourself up on a service like Quote of the Day to get inspiration every morning.
  • Inspirational Movies – watch movies related to your goal or even just that inspire action when you need a boost.
  • Read – I read Success Magazine or a book meant to inspire me every morning for at least 20 minutes.
  • Listen – play some great music that moves you to action.
  • Communicate – with others in the same situation that can encourage you to keep going.


There are many levels to motivation, of which I’ve only scratched the surface. When you have the right motivation, it will “magically” strengthen your will power and help you avoid the pitfalls we so desperately want to avoid.

What is your favorite motivation?
How do you motivate yourself when you are faced with temptation?
When do you find it most difficult to get motivated?

Nicole Bandes

Nicole has scaled her own personal mountain to climb out of ordinary. For over 20 years, Nicole Bandes has studied the most effective methods to increase happiness and success in her own life and in business. She has gone on to helped thousands of people in their own personal journeys to reach their goals. Contact Nicole if you are ready to stop being ordinary and have a guided tour to reach your summit of success.

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4 Comments so far:

  1. Judy Widener says:

    For me, the “right kind of motivation” consists of a passion that’s linked to one of my core values. I see many people struggling to motivate themselves to do things they’re not passionate about (just to pay the bills or keep the peace). Their struggle is harder when they’re not really clear about what their core values are. And I agree with you, the intrinsic motivators are the most powerful.

  2. Judy and Nicole–

    Right on!

    I see it like this. It comes down to what our values are. Intrinsic motivation is when we are serving our highest values–or connecting our tasks at hand to fulfilling our values. Extrinsic motivation comes from trying to fulfill others….we can be careless if we act without thinking about other people’s values, careful when we care too much about other people’s values at the cost of our own–and we care when we see both our own values and others and the links between them.

    No one has to motivate a kid to play video games if that is what fulfills their highest values. We can develop intrinsic motivation within anyone if we find out what they value and help create links to their values and the tasks at hand.

  3. Hi Nicole,

    This is a great way of describing what so many of us feel but can’t put into words!

    Working for work’s sake or losing weight just because we’re told to, does nothing more than delay the inevitable, which is quitting.

    I find it is incredibly motivating to read – whether it’s online or an actual book, reading is such an eye opener for me that I am always inspired and motivated. Of course, I read inspirational stuff too 🙂


  4. Nicole Bandes says:

    Thank you Christine! I agree on the reading. LOVE it.

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