We’ve already covered what motivation is and why it’s so important, and that there are two types of motivation: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.
Let’s take a closer look at extrinsic motivation and discover what it is, what some examples of extrinsic motivation are and how you can use extrinsic rewards to fuel your motivation.
Extrinsic motivation means that you are motivated and driven by external rewards. You’re motivated by the desired outcome which is detached from the activity itself. Extrinsic motivation relies on outside rewards such as fame, money, a prize, good grades or praise.
If you are driven by extrinsic motivation you might not enjoy doing the task itself but you’re doing it because of the external reward you want to receive.
Sometimes, extrinsic motivation can be fueled by something you’re trying to avoid instead, such as a fear, a threat, a negative outcome or some form of punishment.
Here are some common examples of extrinsic motivation:
Different from extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation is fueled by internal rewards. You’re motivated because you love the activity itself, get satisfaction and enjoyment from doing it or have a certain personal interest in the activity.
Although intrinsic motivation is regarded to be a stronger incentive to work and achieve long-term goals, extrinsic motivation is still a great way to get the job done.
Whenever intrinsic motivation is not working or applicable, you can try to use extrinsic rewards to help you get motivated.
Some scenarios when using extrinsic rewards include: