5 Types of Motivation

Intrinsic motivation is a key element in promoting your active and healthy lifestyle.

The definition of motivation presented here will help you avoid amotivation, and will help you move beyond externally controlled forms of motivation to self-determined and intrinsic motivation.

Well-tested theory implies that personal competence and control are the foundations of intrinsic motivation.

Fortunately for you, a wide variety of sports and physical activities are available, and these provide many opportunities for self-chosen optimal challenges that will help you enjoy the sense of autonomy and mastery that underpin intrinsic motivation.

By their very nature, most physical activities are intrinsically appealing because of their benefits to personal wellness, and because of the fun, excitement, and thrills that can result from participation in them.

With that in mind, here are the 5 Types of Motivation, and the self talk that represents each type:

1. INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

“I do this behavior for its own sake and because I want to. I like the feelings of success and enjoyment that come from doing it right.”

2. INTEGRATED REGULATION

“I do this behavior because it symbolizes who and what I am.”

3. IDENTIFIED REGULATION

“I purposely choose to do this behavior because it’s a means to an end that I value.”

4. INTROJECTED REGULATION

“I do this behavior because I feel a tension inside me (e.g., guilt) that pressures me into doing it.”

5. EXTERNAL REGULATION

“I do this behavior for pay or a reward or because I am coerced in to it.

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