Think about setting a goal. Let’s say, it’s creating your own online business, and becoming a millionaire. Think money as the only motivation behind this and after a few years you are able to achieve it. You get immense pleasure but what after this? Do you stop because you’ve made money and now you’re left with no other motivation?
Had extrinsic factors like money, reward or fame been the source of motivation for every person, we wouldn’t have known the greatest achievers of our time as they would have stopped working as soon as they had fulfilled their extrinsic desires.
I had always been a star procrastinator. Being focused towards one thing was truly impossible for me till I learnt about the pleasure I was missing in life, about what makes some people enjoy and stick to their work till its completion.
What drives the achievers?
The greatest of the great people in our world do their jobs fast and also in an excellent manner because they are motivated by the Joy of accomplishment.
Everyone among us must have reaped the Joy of accomplishment a many times in our lives. Every time we accomplish a task or achieve a goal set in the past we feel the control to be in our hands. It makes you believe in your abilities and your competency.
Relation between the Joy of accomplishment and the Guilt of procrastination
The Joy of accomplishment is the counter positive of the Guilt of procrastination. Where when you procrastinate you feel like losing your control over your mind but when you accomplish a task on time, you feel empowered and more confident.
However, we experience the Joy of accomplishment only if our extrinsic and intrinsic desires sync with each other.
Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
“Intrinsic motivation is closely allied to the fundamental motivation to learn and acquire new skills. The building blocks, or psychological needs, that underlie intrinsic motivation are the need to determine one’s behavior (what psychologists term as self-determination), the need to feel competent, and the need for relatedness, or to have meaningful relationships with other people.” (Source)
The extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, doesn’t give you an internal pleasure.
“Extrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by external rewards such as money, fame, grades, and praise. This type of motivation arises from outside the individual, as opposed to intrinsic motivation, which originates inside of the individual.” (Source)
The Joy of accomplishment doesn’t live long
The joy lasts for a little time. This is the most interesting part. So, if you wish to experience it often, you have to never stop working.
“This part of my life, this little part, is called happiness.”
– Pursuit of happiness
Achievers have learnt to reap this joy regularly. They have mastered the skill of being focused on the task to be accomplished. They stay connected to their goals all the time. They do not procrastinate as work is a pleasure for them; it’s the true adventure in their lives. They do what gives them intrinsic pleasure at the first place. After they accomplish a work, they celebrate the joy then again set another goal and this cycle goes on. They never stop. It’s in their habit.
I have also realized that not every accomplishment gives me the Joy of accomplishment. Things we are passionate about, which fulfill our intrinsic as well as extrinsic desires can make us fall in love with our work. Hence, it’s better to do what you are passionate about, which gets you closer to the life you dream about. And the day we master this skill of keep working for joy, we become masters of our lives and one among the greatest achievers of our time.
So ask yourself, do you love the work you do? If not then find out what you are passionate about, what makes you feel accomplished. Life is all about choices and decisions and little bit of randomness. If we are able to choose the right thing to do in the right time and stick to it reaping the joy of getting it done, our lives will change into miracles.
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