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1. An acquired predisposition, need, or specific state of tension within a person that arouses, maintains, and directs behavior toward a goal. Synonym(s): learned drive
2. The reason attributed to or given by a person for a behavioral act. Compare: instinct.
[L. moveo, to move, to set in motion]


An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.


1. An acquired predisposition, need, or specific state of tension within a person that arouses, maintains, and directs behavior toward a goal.
Synonym(s): learned drive.
2. The reason attributed to or given by an individual for a behavioral act.
Compare: instinct
[L. moveo, to move, to set in motion]


A need, reason, or want that impels action.

Patient discussion about motive

Q. How do you motivate yourself to exercise? I have a problem- I can easily get myself to go to work and other strenuous things, but when I need to get myself out for some exercise, which is only for me, I don’t find the energy for that. Does anyone have any tips how to encourage myself?

A. Try to change to an exercise you enjoy. You can also exercise with a friend, and the commitment to him may give you another push. Another option is to join a regular exercise program in a gym. Good luck!

Q. How to get my motivation back? Hi, I’m 22 years old girl, and since high school I’m 132 pounds stretched over 5’2’’. About two years ago, when I started college I gained another 20 pounds, that made me understand I’m overweight, and then I started a diet – mainly thinking before I eat something. I already lost those extra pounds, an I wish to lose another 10 pounds, but I feel I lost my motivation to restrict myself. Suddenly I find myself eating way too much, which makes me down, which makes me eat again… Any advice?

A. If you feel a craving for food, you can try to go to sleep – it helps me.
Good luck!

Q. What benefits have you recieved from nutrition and fitness What step did you take to begin and stay motivated perticularly if you were depressed and/or addicted

A. Today, after working in the gym for more than a year, I feel much better, I have a anew interest that challenges me and sets goals for me every time, and also let me find new people with this common interest. Of course, I look much better now, and it really improves my feeling and general well being.

If you suffer from depression or addiction, exercise may help you, although consulting a professional, as before starting any exercise program may be necessary.

Take care,

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Motiva is a 50-50 joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco.
While the State of Delaware has repeatedly attempted to use regulation and civil penalties to force Motiva to correct its business operations, adjust its impact on the environment and to assure the integrity of the refinery's mechanical systems, it became clear in this investigation that the company did not take their responsibilities to the plant workers or the community seriously, and disregarded the potential consequences of their decision-making," Brady said
If Saudi Aramco intends to stay in the USA downstream market, it could hardly pick anything better than Motiva.
Before the trainees who chose to wear their beige YASREF uniforms and Motiva ball caps in lieu of caps and gowns received their certificates, they were praised for their accomplishments.
At the event, Motiva CEO Bob Pease extended his thanks to Port Arthur and the surrounding region for their continued support of the project.
Motiva Enterprises LLC is an oil refining, lubricants and retail company which refines and markets aviation and distillate fuels as well as gasoline to thousands of Shell-branded stations.
Fitch expects completion of the Motiva project in 2010 and as such, the overlay of the two projects, in Fitch's opinion, would have caused a significant amount of downward pressure on credit measures and could have led to a negative rating action.
Motiva, a 50/50 joint venture of Shell and Saudi Aramco, said in a statement that the move will more closely connect the company with fuels markets, customers and trading partners.
In addition to the conversion to ULSD heating oil, Motiva is also undertaking a project to convert two tanks of current heating oil storage to B100 biodiesel at its Sewaren Terminal.
They and Motiva were to strengthen Saudi Aramco's position as the biggest crude oil exporter to the US, with supplies having peaked at 2.
and Saudi Aramco announced the formation and operational start-up of Motiva Enterprises LLC, a joint venture combining major elements of the three companies' eastern and Gulf Coast refining and marketing businesses.