Do you know the relationship between motivation and emotions?Consider this story.
The young girl was a newcomer to the school. The other children taunted her and shunned her because she was different — not like them — and a stranger. Not only was she a stranger, but she did not speak English very well, so the others laughed at her.
She became very unhappy and vowed she’d show those other children that she was just as good as they were. She spent long hours studying. She practiced her English every chance she got.
She volunteered to grocery shop for her mother. It wasn’t easy, but she was able to learn a little more English with every trip, asking questions about her purchases, and learning what they cost.
Within a fairly short time her English improved a great deal, and because she studied so much her understanding of all her subjects improved. Her grades rose. She didn’t let the attitudes of the other students get her down, but worked on her own progress.
She was very good at math, and one day another girl asked if she would help with understanding the homework. The two became friends, and this crack in the door of the closed society caused it to slowly open, and the girl was gradually accepted and befriended by the others.
Why Was She Successful?
She was motivated by her emotions. Her unhappiness at not being accepted caused her to find a way to change her situation. She was motivated to find success.
Of course, she could have let the whole negative attitudes of her peers overwhelm and discourage her. Instead, she chose to see things differently. Her attitude of not being willing to accept the others’ negative judgment of her got her started on the road to acceptance.
What is attitude? It is a composite of thoughts, feelings, and actions. Results are produced depending on that attitude. You choose your thoughts. These in turn cause your feelings, or emotions, which then lead to your actions.
How Do Motivation And Emotions Work Together?
You are motivated from your thoughts and emotions, which stimulates you to act and behave in such a way to help you achieve your desired goal. Your emotions emerge from the motive itself.
Both the words “emotion” and “motivate” have the same underlying Latin root, which means “to move.” Emotions and motives involve arousal — Therefore, they drive or move our behavior.
When experiencing emotions or strong motivation, we feel the experience. An emotion is a mental and physiological feeling state that directs our attention and guides our behavior.
Motivation is closely related to emotion. The definition of motivation is “a driving force that initiates and directs behavior.” Though some motivations are biological, there are many others that can influence behavior.
These include the motivation for social approval and acceptance, for achievement, and for taking or avoiding risks. Motivation causes us to engage in particular behaviors because when we do, we feel good.
The greatest talent a person can have is to be able to tell themselves to do something, and then to go and do it. To do so, the person must be making a committed decision. A true decision means you are committed to achieving a certain result and you will not waver from the chosen path.
We need to understand how motive and emotion are related. These are two psychological features that seemingly share a cause-and-effect relationship. There is a definite link between the two. Consider these factors:
- Both the arousal of emotion and the motives behind a certain motivation activate or energize behavior.
- Emotions often go together with motives.
- It is also typical for basic emotions to possess their own motivational properties. For example, happiness motivates a person to better performance.
Motivation and emotion are both linked to energy or intensity rather than to information or direction. Think of an emotion you have had that has moved you to react in a certain way. Did you feel the emotion? Did it create a feeling of warmth in your body? The two, motivation and emotion, are often associated with pressure and heat. They both rely on the relationship between the individual and his environment.
The Vehicle Of Behavior Has Two Drivers
Our motivation drives our behavior. Our emotions affect that behavior. When working toward a goal, it is very important to keep a positive attitude if we wish to perform well in our task. If we have emotions like frustration or boredom, these can lower our motivation and thus lower the chance that we will act.
What creates emotions? Emotions are feelings or affective experiences that are shaped in response to specific stimuli. They develop into a pattern of cognitive, physiological and behavioral responses. Emotions can be the result of situations where our motives and goals are satisfied, threatened, or frustrated.
Emotions are event-driven. They are learned behaviors which usually hibernate until called forth by an external event.
As you can perhaps see, our emotions can play an important role in how we think and behave. In our daily lives, emotions cam compel our actions and influence all the decisions we make about our lives, both large and small.
The purpose of emotions is to communicate to others. Our memories, thoughts and beliefs create emotions, as the brain will interpret what is going on around us and in our lives.
Emotions then trigger how we feel or behave. All our decisions in life are influenced in some way be this process. Emotions can affect not just the nature of the decision we make, but also the speed at which we make it.
What we need and desire both have a strong impact on the direction of our behavior. If we have a goal of success, and have wrapped our emotions around the idea, then we will be quite motivated to reach that goal.
These two, motivation and emotions, come in a single package that can affect our progress. To reach a goal, we need both of these factors. We need to become emotionally attached to the idea of our success, and these emotions in turn will motivate us to move in the necessary direction. Then we need to act in a consistent manner until we finally arrive at our worthy destination.
Information for this story came from the following source: https://saylordotorg.github.io/text_introduction-to-psychology/s14-emotions-and-motivations.html
May this post speak to your emotions and motivate you to climb the ladder of success.