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What is Your Greatest Motivation in Life?

Updated on March 10, 2012

Have you ever stop long enough to ask yourself these questions, “What is your greatest motivation in life? What drives you to wake up in the morning and do what you need to do? Do you know your purpose, your intention?” Stephen Covey says it powerfully with this statement, “The key to motivation is having a motive – having a why.”

Kinds of Motivation

There are many kinds of motivation but it can be categorized into two. The extrinsic and intrinsic motivations. Extrinsic motivations come from the desire or yearning for recognition or reward. Remember as a child, your teacher will reward you with a star stamped on your hand for good behavior or having done well in school. Or Daddy will buy your favorite food or toy if you get a good grade in your exam. And then there’s the desire to have the gold medal or the recognition for being the best in sports, spelling, music or drama, arts and so on.

On the other hand, intrinsic motivations come from a sense of purpose. Some engage in a work they love for the purpose of sharing one’s talent or skills while others work for the purpose of providing for their families or loved ones. There are also souls who do what they do to serve a higher being or help their fellowmen.

Extrinsic motivations are wonderful motivations but I believe intrinsic motivations are more powerful. Why? Because intrinsic motivations come from deep within you and is not dependent on outside forces to motivate you.

"Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly." - Stephen Covey


Discover your burning why!

Lay preacher and my life mentor, Bo Sanchez, always encourages people to have a burning, powerful, explosive and enormous WHY! Creating a beautiful life for yourself is not only about method (how you will go about it) but will depend largely on your motive (your emotional why.)

Why do you want to quit smoking?
Why do you want to write that book?
Why do you want to have millions in your bank account?
Why do you want to teach kids?
Why do you want to serve God?
Why do you want to nurse those who are ill?
Why do you want to help animals?

Why do you want to do the things you want to do?

If you have been on the internet, you would have probably have come across Nick Vujicic. But in case you haven't, Nick is special. He is special because despite his condition (this guy doesn't have arms or legs), he declares with a smile and twinkling eyes, "I love living life. I am happy." Imagine that! A guy with no arms, no legs and yet he can wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose and enjoy life the way he does. He is definitely one person whom we can learn from and someone to inspire us if we feel unmotivated.

Nick Vujicic's Powerful and Motivational Story

Perhaps I was drawn to this question because I remembered a time in my life when getting up in the mornings was so difficult. I often felt tired, depressed and hopeless. Life didn’t have much meaning at all. And then I found myself working in a preschool. I witnessed how kids blossom in the space of encouragement, love and joy. In that space, I too got healed and along the way found meaning in life. Through my work, I learned to set goals, develop good habits, became more positive and stopped being a victim of circumstances.

Later on, I discovered that my greatest motivation in life is to create a space of love. In this space I get to share ripples of healing and joy so the people I connect with will find their own healing. And discover their inner goodness and beauty and their power to create beautiful lives.

May you know your greatest motivation. Shine your light my friend.

BY: Michelle D. Simtoco


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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      If one ceases living, one ceases. Excellent hub with a powerful message.

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      Sandy Frost 5 years ago from India

      Really motivation plays an important role in everyone's life. We get inspired when we listen to music, we read biographies of our ideal ones or we observe someone who is concentrating on a particular work with great zeal and passion. These all things act as a boost in our motivation and we find aims and purposes to make our lives more meaningful. :)

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      The act of giving and sharing yourself to others are the ways to a happy and joyful living...let be a light to others especially during the dark moments of life...

      a great useful hub...Congratulations!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Peggy, thank you for your kind words. I too am learning along the way and have been helped by so many wonderful people. :)

      VioletSun: Marie, I know this would resonate with you as it did me. :)

      anginwu, thank you :)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      This hub is so inspirational and uplifting. Thanks for the examples. Rated up.

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Oh, Michelle, this was uplifting! The asking "Why" in a booming voice and the intrinsic motivation caught my attention. Motivations that comes from the core of who we are, are powerful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      Your name of "ripplemaker" just couldn't be any better because generally with everything you write, your personality and willingness to help others shines through. It is without a doubt that you have found your motivation and purpose in life. The rest of us can only hope to become more like you! Useful, awesome and beautiful votes!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      TwilightDream: Thank you for your kind words. I have read the hub you have posted..thanks for sharing. :)

      Earth Angel: It's always a joy to hear from you dearest one. Thank you for your sweet words to inspire the heart. :)

      Glenn: It is important to know the why and the what and to cultivate a positive attitude ... thank you for your inputs. I appreciate it a lot. :)

      mann: Nick is truly inspirational :)

      sacredlilac: There are so many of us who have fallen into the pit and being able to get out of it and move on strengthens us somehow....thank you for sharing your thoughts. :)

      Blessings to one and all.

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      sacredlilac 5 years ago from Canada via England

      I completely agree with your sentiments here, ripplemaker. I know what it is like to be down at the bottom of the barrel, and how important it is to find your 'why' in order to get up and get out of the barrel. I love your turn of phrase that you get to 'share ripple of healing and joy'. That is really beautiful.

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      mann101955 5 years ago from TRICHIRAPALLI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA-621216

      One of the best hubs. Mr.Nick Vujicic has conquered every circumstances in his life.

      Expect more hubs like this.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This was a very important Hub you wrote that many people should read and understand. The video was a great selection to make your point.

      Too many people take for granted what they have and they don’t take the initiative to make decisions to be motivated to make the most out of their lives. Not only should we understand “why” we are motivated, but we also need to know “what” motivates us.

      I have several friends who allow themselves to become victims of circumstance (a term you used in your Hub). Maybe not as bad as Nick Vujicic in the video, but still the same, they don’t know how to appreciate what they do have and motivate themselves to have a positive attitude.

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      Earth Angel 5 years ago

      Love! Love is my greatest motivator in life! Love of people like you Ripplemaker Michelle for speading and multiplying Love in all areas of your life! Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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      TwilightDream 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      My motivation develops soon after I read a hub like yours. Your name--ripplemaker--itself is very much motivational for several people here in Hub Pages. Wonderful hub, as usual. Kindly visit this link: It is really motivating hub.Keep writing! God Bless!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      heart4theword: Thank you for sharing your perspective. :) Blessings.

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      heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

      Both the picture and the video depict the unthinkable...whenever we get down, there is always a story we here or a life experience of someone we meet or know, that has it worse off than us. It sure makes us appreciate life in a new way and straightens out our perspective. With a clearer vision, we move much better towards our destiny. The fact that we are alive, is a motivation within itself. Great topic of discussion.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      teaches12345: To have a burning WHY helps one out, Bro. Bo is really right. Blessings to you dear one. :)

      Billy: Thanks. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      kelleyward, thank you and stay wonderfully motivated :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love these types of hubs; very positive and uplifting. Good job and a good read!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Motivation does come from within and is helped along through positive articles such as yours. Your pastor has the right idea, we should shout it out! Enjoyed your hub!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Very useful hub! Great information about motivation.