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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]
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An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
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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 an individual for a behavioral act.
Compare: instinct
[L. moveo, to move, to set in motion]
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A need, reason, or want that impels action.
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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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According to a Reuters report, as part of the deal, Motiva will acquire a chemical plant owned by Flint Hills Resources that produces ethylene, cyclohexane, and polymer grade propylene, located near its oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.
"It remains unclear as to what Motiva has planned post-acquisition, however some options could include strengthening refinery-chemicals integration, expansion of the asset capacity or potentially longer-term derivative plant development.
"Our investment in Motiva, after the separation from Shell, and adding the chemical expansion will testify to the fact that we look at the US as a market that is growing, is very profitable and has great upside," Judaimi says.
In addition, Motiva has the right to exclusively sell Shell-branded gasoline and diesel in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., as well as the eastern half of Texas and the majority of Florida.
Motiva Implants combine several proprietary technologies to improve safety and patient satisfaction, including SilkSurface hierarchical micro-nano structures, Ergonomix the world's first breast implant with ergonomic characteristics, and the QInside RFID microtransponder technology.
For his part, Director of the Energy Policy Research Foundation Lawrence Goldstein, said that the Motiva relationship guarantees the Saudis an important but subtle footprint in the United States, indicating they want to have some negotiating strength when geopolitical issues in the Middle East and elsewhere arise.
Na analise da motivacao para realizar atividade de flexibilidade, os escores variam de 1--Isto me motiva pouquissimo, 2--Isto me motiva pouco, 3--Mais ou menos, nao sei dizer, tenho duvida, 4--Isto me motiva muito, 5 --Isto me motiva muitissimo.
The contract has been signed to build a fuel grade ethanol rail offloading facility at the Motiva Port Everglades, Florida, terminal.
The station owners argued in their lawsuit that Shell and Motiva used rent increases to try to end franchise arrangements, so they could take over operation of the stations.
In addition, a pipeline connection will be added between the partnership's East Houston terminal and Motiva's existing Pasadena terminal.
Distribution Drive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Biofuels, Inc., recently announced the opening of its new biodiesel blending facility at the Motiva Enterprises terminal in Dallas, TX, making terminal-blended biodiesel available to customers of Distribution Drive in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.