Monday, July 30, 2007

Of Energy and Motivation

While having a discussion on our way back from work on Friday night, a co-worker talked about how there are two types of motivation that drive us: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is from within, when one forces oneself to achieve something absolutely necessary, for instance, in order to make ends meet. And then there is extrinsic motivation; such motivation is dependent on external things such as getting money, promotion or praise from superiors.

Anyhow, what I've always wondered is how people manage to muster the motivation and energy to engage in so many activities that they have little time left for themselves at the end of the day. Through the course of University and Work, I've seen people who besides studying/working also undertake tutoring at tuition centers or at homes or perform some other tasks besides working leaving me wondering how on earth do they find the energy to do this all week in week out?! I must be a lazy bum by their standards as I can't even manage to drag myself to the gym every now and then! :(

A cousin of mine, an exercise freak I must add, will have my head when he finds out I haven't been to the fitness center in 3 weeks! (having taken a 6-month membership!) :P Nevermind that, the question is how to find the motivation required to get so much done?! A mondo cool physique ? An impressed girl ? Nah ... I guess I'll have to keep looking for something better to increase my infinitesimal levels of motivation. Got any ideas ?

5 comments:

Hira said...

old age...think about all the suffering......skin..bones...eeeeeee....

Razz said...

Old age ? Pleasee ! Waisay bhi ... abhi to mein jawaan hoon .. lolz!

The only thing that'll scare me is the prospect of having a bulging belly !! so not cool!

Shehwar said...

I would really like to add some thoughts here... sometimes motivation is not the only thing that drive people. In many cases, if u take some action and see positive results, motivation follows. Ofcourse it differs from person to person. Some people who are very conscious of their outlook take drastic measures to change their lives[ salman? :) ]. While others just dont care and look for reasons to get started. The thing is, you dont always have to have something to do something. I started walking months ago when I came back from Pakistan. And one of my friends who happens to be my neighbor as well was the driving force behind me. I didnt like walking at all in the begining. I would come home all sweatup and was just bored at times... but eventually got used to it. And the real motivation kicked in when many people told me that I had lost some pounds! and then I myself noticed that i was more active, got more energy and got more in shape. And then at times u realize how important it is to be healthy and to maintain ourselves specially when you know that we have fat genes running in our family. So the point is, when you feel good by doing something it motivates you to do more and get even better at it.

Now if i dont walk for two days, i feel like going crazy :). And one factor for me... i cant do it without a buddy. nobuddy no walk, now thats tricky for me :S

Irfan said...

Motivation? I believe it should be placed below intention...

Intention is the igniting part...

Its all about whether you want to do something or not..?? rest lies with the motivation whether you want yourself to keep going on or not!

bas kamal said...

The only thing that'll scare me is the prospect of having a bulging belly !! so not cool!

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