What is motivation? When I ask my good friend Google, it tells me motivation is: “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way, or the general desire or willingness of someone to do something”. Sounds about right… but the question is why?
What motivates us? Why buy that pair of jeans? Why go see that movie? Why try that restaurant?
A lot of the time why we do things really doesn’t have much to do with us at all, but what others are telling us or encouraging us to do. Motivation involves biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces. The combination of these things activates our behavior and we have very little personal effect over them.