What motivates you - Take the Motivation Test (2023)

Pouring over the latest research in human motivation we've compiled 41 ways for you to become seriously driven. During our research we discovered many old fashion ideas used to increase motivation end up doing the opposite. Finding motivation may be as much about implementing new patterns as it is about killing old ones you currently believe are helping. If you've found it difficult to maintain motivation or want to find new levels of drive read on.

  1. Find Purpose
  2. Find a way to work on something you find meaningful. Motivation will constantly become a struggle if you find little meaning in applying effort while it will feel almost self perpetuating whenyour work has legitimate meaning to you. Make your work matter.

    When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
    - W. Clement Stone
  3. Become a Master
  4. People that feel a sense of improvement in skills tend to be more motivated.Chunk your tasks into small manageable segments and reward yourself at every stage with rewards that correspond to the size and level of achievement you've attained.Motivation is easier to come by when you get to make progress.

  5. Sprint, Rest, Sprint
  6. Our minds are not designed to maintain focus for hours and hours upon end. Instead treat your work as a series of short sprints and learn how to rest in between.

  7. Completely Immerse Yourself - Flow
  8. Find a way to make your tasks fun and exciting and give it your all. Become emotionally engaged and committed to perfection. Do this well enough and you'll find yourself in a stateof 'flow'. During the state of flow people often lose the perception of time and motivation becomes completely effortless. Check out how to achieve the state of flow here.

  9. Relax when Motivation Subsides
  10. Like all states motivation will vary depending upon our mood, health and many factors beyond our immediate control. Don't sweat it, your motivation will return anda rest may be the best way to come about it.

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  11. Financial Rewards Don't Work
  12. Behavioral research has demonstrated a seemingly counter intuitive idea. Extrinsic rewards such as money do not increase performance in tasks requiring creativity, in fact they tend to produce poorer performance.If the work you're attempting to find motivation for is a manual task then financial incentives can boost motivation and performance. Check out the Dan Pink video below to see how to motivate yourself for tasks requiring creativity.

  13. Be an Optimist
  14. Your motivation to complete a task improves if you hold a more optimistic outlook for the results of your efforts. Take a look at our test to determine if you're optimistic andfurther research on the benefits of being optimistic. Yes, optimism can be learned.

    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
    - Helen Keller
  15. Be Realistic Too
  16. Many modern positive psychology books advocate visualisng your life having attained your success. The theory is that your brain will go to work on pulling you toward this vision. What the research actually shows is the opposite.The flaw in the theory seems to be that these long term visions do little to impact more immediate levels of motivation. They also fail to prepare you for the associated challenges and pitfalls you'll encounter.Long term goals are great but they must come with the acceptance of overcoming challenges. Go back to tip 2 for the right way to approach your goals.

  17. Specific Goals beat 'Do your Best'
  18. While the value of this tip has been a little overstated the research does back the claim that writing specific goals improves levels of motivation.

  19. Spend your Willpower Wisely
  20. Many psychologist are beginning to think of willpower as an energy system.Each difficult or arduous task you complete makes a withdrawal from the pool of available willpower energy. It's known as Ego Depletion. Aggressive dieting, detrimentalrelationships, breaking a habit and anything which you perceive as difficult deplete the levels of willpower energy we have available. If you're finding it difficult to muster the motivation for a task can you find willpowerenergy from other parts of your life which may be depleting it?

  21. Is Fear Killing Motivation?
  22. In order to be motivated to do something you need to believe that your efforts will lead to your goal. This often involves a risk of failure and loss of something you might already have.Is your fear reasonable? Is the effort likely to lead to reward and what can you do to improve your chances?


    I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.
    - Michael Jordan
  23. Create a To Don't List
  24. You found motivation and started out brilliantly but somehow ended up spending too much time on Facebook once again. The day is lost and your sense of achievement and accomplishment is gone.Now you're not feeling quite so motivated. This is a common scenario and a perfect reason to create a "To Don't List". What has sidetracked you in the last month? What has it kept you from achieving.Write out your list and stick it to your monitor.

  25. Signs Multiple Motivation
  26. Researchers were able to get more people to take the stairs simply by printing out signs encouraging them to do so. Once you've established the most effective methods for motivatingyourself place visual cues where you most need them.

  27. Have a Backup Plan
  28. Disaster, challenges and setbacks are all inevitable and a part of everyone's lives and potential motivation killers. Research has shown our ability to respond to these situations greatly improves if we set out a plan for responding to these events. Maintain yourmotivation by creating a plan for all scenarios.

    I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best
    - Benjamin Disraeli
  29. Use the Energy Hack
  30. Point 10 talked about the science of Willpower as energy. How do you replenish your available levels of energy? Well just spending a few moments away from the task at hand is not enough.Research has shown your energy levels are restored when you spend time on something you find genuinely interesting. It doesn't need to be easy, relaxing or related to anything in particular,it just needs to be intensely interesting to you. Work for 20 minutes and then take 5 on something you find interesting and watch your energy levels rebound.

  31. Create a Rivalry
  32. Competition increases motivation when we believe we have a decent chance of winning. Research has shown students taking the SAT's in room of 10 people will outperform students taking the test in a group of 100.Competition doesn't work for everyone and tends to be more effective in motivating men.Pro Tip: Testosterone levels of athelets increase when the competitive rival is despized.

  33. Scrap Motivation and Use Habits
  34. Many of our conscious and unconscious behaviours are driven by habit. If you can find a way to accomplish a task by implementing a new habbit you'll require less motivation and are more likely to make longer term changes.Checkout Charles Duhigg's book on using habits to change your life and his brilliant infographic on changing habits.

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  35. Celebrate New Year's Everyday
  36. Research has shown that our level of motivation increases around big annual events. Why is this? When we look forward to the future and envision an improved version of ourselves our levels of motivation increase.Don't wait until new years to set goals and look toward the future.

  37. Understand your Values and Personality
  38. Research by Dr Steven Reiss conducted on the motivational forces of over 60,000 individuals has shown there isn't a one size fits all approach to finding motivation.Your values and personality will play a big role in finding effective motivators. This is one reason we encourage our test and a little probing into your personality firsthand.

  39. Supercharge your Why's
  40. Perhaps your levels of motivation are suffering because you lack compelling reasons why something must occur.Forget for a moment about your levels of motivation and focus instead on what it would mean for you if 'it' did happen.List as many compelling reasons as possible. Now focus on what it means to you if 'it' doesn't happen.Both of these lists should be long and compelling. If they're not big lists perhaps it's not your levels ofmotivation that are suffering but instead it's the level of motivation your goals provide.

    He who has a why can endure any how
    - Friedrich Nietzsche
  41. Positive Self talk Works - But Choose Carefully
  42. Research has shown that tasks requiring higher levels of technique and precision, self talk which focuses on technique and precision boosts performance. For these kinds of tasks focus on statements like"Chin down arms up" if you're boxing.If your work requires simple applications of effort more general statements are effective, think "This problem is not bigger than me"

  43. Make it Easy
  44. Researchers presented two groups of students with an exercise program. One group had the program printed in a clear and easy to read font. The second groups program was printed in a difficult to read cursive font.People from the first group were far more likely to engage in exercise and described it as requiring less effort. How canyou simplify the task at hand? Can you create a simple easy to read plan of the required steps?

  45. Take Control - Be your Own Boss
  46. You're far more likely to sustain motivation if you're working under your own direction. Research has demonstrated those given direction do not maintain motivation for as long as those working under their own control.If you have no choice and do not agree with the direction of your work, speak with your manager. Find a way to work towards a goal you both believe is important.

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  47. Get the Motivation App
  48. We know that if you're participating in a group that hold similar motivational values and goals your chances of maintaining motivation improve. Free online apps like 'Lift' allow you to commit to improvement within a group of people sharing the same goal.

  49. Eliminate Doubt
  50. Research had one group of students write out the phrase "Will I" and another group write the phrase "I Will" The task was presented as an exercise in handwriting skill. Following this the research gave both groups a set of anagrams to complete.The group writing "I Will" performed significantly better.

  51. Don't Share Your Goal
  52. Research has shown that sharing your intention to do something can actually decrease your motivation to act. Psychologist speculate that sharing our goals gives us a sense of achievement which can reduce our motivation to act.Let your actions be your recognition, not your goals.

    Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it
    - Napoleon Hill
  53. Be Impartial and Leave Ego Behind
  54. Research is revealing the ego stroking positive psychology movement may not be particularly helpful. New evidence has indicated a view self compassion is a better ally to improving motivation and performance but why?Psychologist believe self compassion, or evaluating your pitfalls without criticising your ego produces better performance than blindly proclaiming your own virtues.Pro Tip: Separate your work from your sense of self and honestly evaluate your performance.

  55. Let Failiure Make you Stronger
  56. Not so long ago willpower was believed to be something you were born with, a trait. We now know that willpower along with many other determinants of motivation and success are skills we can learn.When you do encounter setbacks don't allow your inner voice to tell you "I don't have what it takes" or "I'm destined to fail" Instead remind yourself that willpower and motivation are skills which requirepractice and planning. Re-evaluate your plan and continue practicing.

  57. Get Better Progressively and Avoid Burnout
  58. As with exercise, taking on too much too soon will only lead to burn out. Willpower as we've pointed out is a muscle which improves with exercise. Aim to progressivelyimprove your capacity and take rest seriously. You're more likely to enjoy the process.

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How do you answer what motivates you? ›

Good answers to the question 'what motivates you?'
  1. meeting deadlines, targets or goals.
  2. mentoring and coaching others.
  3. learning new things.
  4. coming up with creative ideas to improve something, or make something new.
  5. analysing complex data in order to draw clear and simple conclusions.
  6. working well as part of a team.

What motivates you to work Example answer? ›


“I am motivated by several things. First and foremost, I am motivated by meeting deadlines, targets or goals. I believe I am at my best at work when I have responsibility for important deadlines because this gives me a great sense of achievement. I am also motivated by learning new things.

What motivates you are you a self motivator? ›

Self-motivation is the force that keeps pushing us to go on – it's our internal drive to achieve, produce, develop, and keep moving forward. When you think you're ready to quit something, or you just don't know how to start, your self-motivation is what pushes you to go on.

What motivates me to perform my best? ›

What motivates you to do a good job? – more example answers
  • Stability or job security.
  • Working to deadlines.
  • Leadership.
  • A sense of achievement or accomplishment.
  • Helping others in my job.
  • Growing my professional network.
  • Learning and development.
  • A great work culture.
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