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In psychology, the aggregate of all the individual motives, needs, and drives operative in a person at any given moment that influence the will and cause a given behavior.
[ML. motivus, moving]
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Vox populi The drive to perform a task. See Neuromuscular motivation, Positive motivation.
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Psychological force that moves a person to act to meet a need or achieve a goal.
See also: motive
[ML. motivus, moving]
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the internal state of an animal prior to a specific behavioural act.
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Aggregate of all individual motives, needs, and drives operative in a person at any given moment that influence the will and cause a given behavior.
[ML. motivus, moving]
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Patient discussion about motivation

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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30 females plus 30 males resulting in 60 students among 66 students in 6/A and 6/F classrooms from Ankara Kecioren Haci Sabanci Secondary School participated in the research in which the effect of "award" as an external motivation factor on ball throwing talent was investigated as an application with 4 stages.
Determination of the motivation level and the analysis of motivation factors in the enterprises in a perticular time were carried out through a questionnaire which consists of 30 closed questions (Hitka 2009: 149).
The third step represents the creation of the model of employment stabilisation including stimulating and motivation factors. This model includes the factors influencing stabilisation necessary for employee motivation to stay in the enterprise.
The twelve motivation factors are ability, intrinsic career value, fallback career, job security, time for family, job transferability, shape future of children/adolescents, enhance social equity, make social contribution, work with children/adolescents, prior teaching and learning experiences, and social influences.
Table 4 shows the average scores for Catholic teachers and non-Catholic teachers on each item of the four motivation factors, as well as the items that did not load on any of the factors.
Due to unfavorable economic situation in Serbia, it is possible that employees recognize contextual motivation factors as more significant, so they can achieve job satisfaction when the job has little potential to satisfy their need for self-actualization.
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The objective of this study is to assess attitude and motivation factors towards volunteering for HIV care work in Southwestern Nigeria.