Emotional Intelligence: Motivation

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Emotional Intelligence also includes Motivation which is a personal drive to improve and achieve, commitment to our goals, initiative, or readiness to act on opportunities, as well as optimism and resilience.

Motivation is what pushes us to achieve our goals, feel more fulfilled and improve overall quality of life. Daniel Goleman, who developed the concept of Emotional Intelligence in the mid ‘90s, identified these elements that make up motivation.

Without the proper motivation, the quality of our work is not at its full potential. When we enjoy our work, we are known to be more productive and deliver better results. It’s the loving what we do that gets us motivated, and it’s the motivation that drives us to working harder and generating high quality work.

Tips to increase motivation:

  • Set specific goals with dates for achievement
  • Clarify what you are truly passionate about and define what motivates you
  • List your goals and post them where you can see them
  • Set aside time to focus on your passions each day even if it’s just 5 minutes at a time
  • Ask a close friend or mentor to help hold you accountable for reaching your goals
  • Celebrate accomplishments, both big and small

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