While material rewards and social status can drive motivation in the short term, they’re rare enough in the long run. True motivation comes from within.
Internal motivation comes from three sources:
- Autonomy: When your behaviour aligns with your values, it’s easier to get excited about it.
- Competence: We are most motivated when we have control over what we’re doing.
- Belonging: When we feel part of something bigger than ourselves – like a team – we can sustain our motivation for longer.