We want to choose our motivations from the internal world of the person. We want to base our motivation on a frequent motivation source. We want the compensation to be as direct as possible. We want our motivation to be trusted as vividly real,

Here is a quick example: Your health is nagging you? Drink water.

In the example, I associate ‘health nagging’ that might be ‘a frequent motivation’, ‘ Drink water ‘ is a direct compensation with immediate gratification. It is also something that is possible to achieve.

Motivation source

It is common to classify motivation into intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation, in this article I provide an alternative view. When classifying motivation as intrinsic or extrinsic, I think the problem is stated incorrectly from the beginning, The taxonomy is wrong. There is no such thing as extrinsic motivation. it is all intrinsic.

The external motivator is guessing the internal motivations and tries to awaken them.
An external motivator is trying to guess what associates with someone’s world. If the external motivator found something ‘exciting to get’. It might awaken the internal motivation. It is not trivial, There are frequent misses. If he/she misses. The issue gets buried down under the priorities and the necessities of life.
To help guess, The motivation depends on someone’s world

  • it can be what someone fears.
  • it can be based on ‘desire to g0et’.
  • Fear motivation can misfire and get someone blocked or hysteric

Classifications of motivation:

  1. The motivation can be a direct motivation or a proxy motivation.
    For example, proxy motivation is to get money to get food. while the internal motivation is food.
    Proxy motivation depends on the ability of the person to translate and feel the translated-motivation.

    Students have a similar problem in math, where they asked to call things with proxy names like x and y – It wastes a level of abstraction in the brain, it is harder for no reason, and not intuitive, Also it requires every time you recall it to re-translate again.
    and to persuade oneself that it will lead to the desired result – it is hard.

    Proxied is more distant. It is like motivation can be a long way until compensation or a short way until compensation. direct is shorter,
    Immediate gratification is highly sought because it is the shortest path to direct compensation.
  2. Motivation can be realistic (high trust) or (illusional) low trust
    Motivation depends on the degree of trustability, especially after translating it. Realism is measured. and based on that an action is executed and prioritized, usually, people won’t do something they have no chance to succeed in.

    In education, students need to understand – to be motivated, and feel they can understand – to even try learning. for example, when a student misses an understanding  – the student’s belief in his abilities diminishes, and it is realistic, the student can’t get further in material even if he tries if he misses something, so why ‘go after’ this anyway. in education, the instructions should be understandable and minimally proxied

    Similarly, if I am at school so I might already learn there, the possibility is high to learn there.

  3. Temporary motivation or Constant motivation.

    Temporary motivating force: for example, if I have a motivation today once.  The problem with it is that I will forget the feeling that motivated me after 4 days (based on my own model below). some people put a reminder in a visible place.

My model how the memory works: a repeated activation of same regions in the brain (by actions, and senses and states estimated of external or imagined things) create in the brain marks – temporary electro-facilitating-chemical marks and then brain literally washes them off slowly especially during sleep and running (it helps to retain what’s important – the most activated, and later to have room for new associations), expecting a connection to grow towards the marks there to replace them. as I noticed a memory motivation is washed off like after 4 days.

Based on this problem some advertizers and marketers do commercials that associate motivation with frequently encountered things, for example, McDonald’s makes red gates, so their color to remind people about themselves each time they see it from distance.

Constantly motivating force: for example, there could be a health problem that reminds about itself all the time, it could be a constant source of motivation. Based on this problem people go to solve their problems with things that constantly tickle them.