Going back to classic studies, there are differences in external motivators (things outside of us such as social recognition, praise, awards, money) vs. our internal motivators and drives (a feeling of satisfaction or achievement).
For those that are interested in exploring this topic further recent books such as Daniel Pink's DRIVE, are great reads. Here's a link to his summary of concepts in the book. One of the central themes is that we are driven by autonomy, mastery and purpose.
Today take some time to think about your motivation. What gets you up and out of bed every day? What get's your fire going? What fuels you?
Enjoy the conversation,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Supporting Team Leaders to do their best work, one conversation at a time
Coaching Skills Training | Teamwork | Leadership
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching(Jossey-Bass, 2013)