The Misinterpretation of Motivation


I often hear about how companies should make it an effort to motivate their employees or to provide conditions to motivate their personnel. Lately, I came across this again and it made me ponder. I think this is a misinterpretation of the meaning of the word “motivation”. Because that way, people are actually manipulated or paid off to do something they don’t want to do. In my opinion, the meaning of the word is used wrongly.

To me, “motivation” does NOT mean

  • sitting back and waiting for others to make me happy or excited. That way I would give up responsibility for my life and I would make the quality of my feelings and the value of how I fill my life depending on circumstances and on other people’s moods or kindness. Again, this would make me get stuck in the present moment instead of taking the present moment for improving myself (like I wrote last week).ย 
  • forcing myself to do what I don’t want to do or lying at myself in repeating words I don’t feel. That only costs energy.

To me it means

  • Finding a meaningful reason for doing what I need or have to do by observing a project or task from different angles
  • reminding myself of why I started doing something

This generates energy.


Obstacles can appear and not everything in life is roses. We cannot give up only because we have to lift our feet a little higher for making some particular steps. But if I cannot find a reason for what I am doing or when my goal changed then I should rather change my path instead of pushing myself to keep it up.

Don’t get me wrong. This should not be an excuse because we all have our obligations and responsibilities – in for a penny, in for a pound! And sometimes such not so desired tasks or situations are going along with or are part of what we actually like doing. For example, someone loves living in a house but doesn’t like doing the household. So what? It is part of the deal. One comes with the other. In such cases we simply need to remember what Maya Angelou said:ย 


So, don’t force yourself to do what you cannot stand doing because you misunderstand the word. Motivation has much more do with a positive tenor. Thereby responsibility is taken for what needs to be done, the view goes to a place behind the current task, or solutions are found to improve the situation.

Motivation means, generating power and enthusiasm for what I am doing which simply means: I love what I do and I do what I love. It is an inner concept that improves how I approach tasks and enhances the quality of what I do.

Having said this: Stay motivated and conquer this day!


In Love and Light


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The purpose of my blog is to inspire and shine a light on the beauty and power of the wonderful being inside your body. You came into this world to share what only you can give. Remember who you really are, conquer the world the way you always wanted to, and become the blessing to us all that you were meant to be.


I love this, I think you hit the nail right on the head and I agree, I think a lot of people /companies get it wrong. It has to come from the inside! There has to be a purpose you cant just play “simply the best” at full volume get ppl hyped up and expect that to sustain and translate into your bottom line. I look forward to future posts! Thank You.

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Hi and thank you for stopping by! Yes, that’s exactly the point. Having something at hands to keep it going for a short period may work but for the long run the reason for hanging in and going for something needs to be rooted deeper within. Again, thank you very much for visiting and for leaving this point of view. Happy New Year to you!


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