We all have goals, and whether they’re large or small, we know that in order to achieve them, sacrifices must be made. These goals motivate us to strive to be the best we can be even when obstacles present themselves. But as we dig deeper and deeper inside ourselves to find the motivation to keep pushing forward, our driving factors begin to dwindle and negative thoughts begin to creep in.
Motivation is the “why” we do what we do and the driving force behind the actions we take. So when it comes to studying, why is it so hard to get motivated? If it’s studying for a test, a new job, or a career change, why is it so hard to take action if we know it’s going to benefit us in the long run?
Studying will only take us so far in life, but it will take us further than if we didn’t. Life is filled with constant demands for our attention- commercials, social media, phones, friends, TV. All of these distractions are easier to give our attention to than studying, no matter how important it may be.
Why Motivation Matters
Motivation is a blueprint for our behavior, and understanding how and why it works is an important element we should understand. If you’ve ever had a goal, no matter how small it was, you understood that there would be obstacles you would have to overcome in order to achieve it. You made a conscious decision to create this goal and pursue it. You showed persistence as you worked towards your goal and put in the time and effort to achieve it. You understood that the harder you worked, the more likely you were to achieve it. Even when motivation fades, you understand that at the end of the day, you’ll be one step closer.
But where does motivation stem from? We know that it’s a driving force behind our actions, but what if our motivation stemmed from primal instincts? Sigmund Freud and William McDougal suggested that one driving factor of human motivation stems from biological instincts that are created out of fear, hygiene, love, and life.
Think about an animal in the wilderness. Their motivation to forage for food is for their and their family’s survival. When it comes to our eating, drinking, and sleep patterns, our motivation to do these tasks is influenced by our genetic makeup to survive. We know that food fuels us and provides energy. Water is an essential element of life and our organs need it to function properly. Proper sleep provides us with the rest and relaxation we need in order to function at optimal levels.