When asked what’s your motivation, most people answer money, car, house, kids but no one tend to look inside to see what is internally motivating you. External motivations are okay, but studies show that intrinsic motivation outlast and is more powerful that extrinsic motivation.
Professor Steven Reiss realized this and did studies involving more than 6,000 people. He then proposed a theory that found 16 basic motivations that guide nearly all human behavior. They are:
Acceptance, the need for approval
Curiosity, the need to learn
Eating, the need for food
Family, the need to raise children
Honor, the need to be loyal to the traditional values of one’s clan/ethnic group
Idealism, the need for social justice
Independence, the need for individuality
Order, the need for organized, stable, predictable environments
Physical activity, the need for exercise
Power, the need for influence of will
Romance, the need for sex
Saving, the need to collect
Social contact, the need for friends (peer relationships)
Status, the need for social standing/importance
Tranquility, the need to be safe
Vengeance, the need to strike back/to win
*You may look at these motivations and think some are good motivations and others are bad but I believe all of them can either be good or bad. It depends on how you use it.
I took a look at this list and listed my top 5 in order and placed them in the comments section below. If you do this exercise honestly, you will see that you can use these motivations to help you accomplish your goals.
Please take the time and list your 5 top intrinsic motivations in the comments below as well!