Definitions of motivation on the Web:

  • the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; “we did not understand his motivation”; “he acted with the best of motives”
  • the condition of being motivated; “his motivation was at a high level”
  • the act of motivating; providing incentive

What sets us apart from most animals in nature’s world is or desire to achieve a coveted goal.  What gives purpose to our actions this can have basis to faith, to desire, to love, and towards aspirations of something better…which of course–circles itself towards faith, to desire…you get the picture.

Without that desperate need (that craving) to move towards one’s desire…(whatever that “desire” might be).

Though animals can have basic instinctual motivation–humans take it on towards the next level:

    When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As everyone of us sometimes learns.
    And many a fellow turns about,
    When he might have won had he stuck it out.
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
    You may succeed with another blow.

    Often the goal is nearer than
    It seems to a faint and faltering man.
    Often the struggler has given up,
    When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
    And he learned too late when the night came down,
    How close he was to the golden crown.

    Success is failure turned inside out,
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems afar.
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
    It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.


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