Motivation Series : What is Motivation?

Motivation Series : What is Motivation?

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Motivation is one of the biggest leadership topics. Almost all leadership mentors have talked and written about it during their essay.

So what is motivation?

The dictionary definition is providing with a reason to act in a certain way. No matter how enormous this field of study is, it eventually boils down to influencing people or self into acting in a specific direction.

You might have heard the adage – you can lead a horse to water but can’t make it drink. Motivation is about giving this horse sufficient reason to drink water, because that is what you want the horse to do. Motivation is all about acting in a certain way that the mentor directs or in some cases, could be self-directed.

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From my experience, motivation blooming from within is like a dagger when compared to a pen knife when you get motivated through external sources.

Welcome to the new series on motivation here on Abhinav PMP. I will put it as plainly and as straightforward as possible so that you may make choices to achieve goals that have always evaded you.

Do you watch movies? Here is a movie that you can put on your A-list – Big Fish. This fantasy movie motivates me every time I watch it. I have been watching this movie for more than a decade and it never fails to amaze me. The movie features Ewan McGregor as the ever-so-popular Edward Bloom and he claims to be the most motivated person ever to live on earth. Why not? Some of the things he does surely points in that direction.

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
– Dwight D Eisenhower

About the author

Abhinav Kaiser is an author and a management consultant. He has authored Become ITIL Foundation Certified in 7 Days and Workshop in a Box: Communication for IT Professionals. He works as a consulting manager for a top consulting firm. He advises businesses, organizations and enterprises in the areas of DevOps, IT service management and agile project management frameworks. Social Media : Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Google Plus

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