The Neuroscience of Motivation

One Lamp Post at a Time – By Derek Mair

The Neuroscience of How to Motivate Yourself to be Motivated

Motivation: a motive or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way or a desire or willingness to do something…. Motive-Action

It is one's motive to act or ‘behave’ in a certain way. However, what is the force or set of forces that acts behind those motives, and particularly what causes a person to want to repeat that behaviour?

An individual's motivation may be inspired by others or events, so called extrinsic motivation, such as desired rewards from trophies, money, social recognition, or praise… Or it may come from within the individual, so called intrinsic motivation, such as doing a complicated puzzle purely for the reward of personal gratification for solving a problem. Motivation has been considered as one of the most important reasons that inspires a person to move forward in life.

Motivation involves the bio-chemical, emotional, social,...

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The Neuroscience Of Purpose

The Neuroscience of Purpose – NOVO Leadership

“Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life. That is why man is even ready to suffer, on the condition, to be sure, that his suffering has meaning.” – Viktor Frankl

Quite simply, having a sense of purpose makes us neurologically and physiologically better – at work, in school, and in life.

Here’s how:

“Higher Purpose focuses our intentions onto an idealised future and drives what we give our attention to onto others; contributing to others and to the greater good makes us better”

Purpose is defined as “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”

In other words, our purpose as individuals or as an organization is our usefulness, our contribution.


The ability for purpose to lift our eyes off ourselves is what makes it so powerful in enhancing both personal and organisational...

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