Autonomy + Mastery + Purpose = Motivation
The traditional carrot-and-stick approach of motivation doesn't work - surprised? In the 1970s psychologist Edward Deci's research showed the powerful & significant difference between extrinsic motivation (from external sources) and intrinsic motivation (internal).
ore recently Daniel Pink in Drive, lists 3 elements of the internal motivation formula: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. This is your mindset.
But we are so much more than that. We are complex, simplistic, rational, emotional, dynamic beings who morph and change state at the speed of thought.
The 3 elements that Daniel Pink identifies:
- Autonomy: the urge to control the who, what, when, where, how, and why of our actions.
- Mastery: the drive to get better at what we do, to improve.
- Purpose: the sense of connecting to something bigger than ourselves.
"Autonomy is our human need to perceive that we have choices. It is our need to feel that what we are doing is of our own volition. It is our perception that we are the source of our actions." Fowler
The ultimate autonomy comes with driving your own economic engine. Creating a market for your work gives you the freedom to decide what you do what, when, where, with whom, how, and why you do it. This is the crux of entrepreneurship.
Purpose - the feeling that your work connects with something bigger than you - drives passion; it sustains your fire & enthusiasm.
The 2 major components of purpose:
- Making a positive contribution to others.
- Making consistent progress every day.
The Goldilocks Zone
"The habitable zone, sometimes referred to as the Goldilocks Zone, is the region around a star that has just the right conditions to find liquid water on a planet's surface. And liquid water is a key ingredient in the search for life."
For many entrepreneurs, happiness comes from the feeling we are making a difference. It drives us to take on increasingly-complex goals, and evolve ever-more creative solutions.
The right mindset can change you, and that changes your business.
Find your Goldilocks Zone with success coaching - not too hot, not too cold, just right for you!