Today I’ll be exploring in a little more details the third of the 5 elements defining emotional intelligence. Last time, I briefly explained the basics of self-management and today, we’ll look more closely at self-motivation.

Motivation is described as having the desire and willingness to do something. Theories often focus on two distinct categories of motivation; extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.

Extrinsic motivation is when we are compelled to do things because of external factors. Elements such as incentives, rewards or even punishments are all considered to be external motivators. In the end, motivation is controlled by someone or something else. Intrinsic motivation on the other hand is when we are compelled to things without the influence of another person or external factors. We determine ourselves our own goals and we set our own expectations.

Next time, I’ll be looking into the ability to recognize and manage other people’s emotions.

I hope you enjoy the show!



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