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Intrinsic motivation & resilience: 10 tips for more success & fun in life

If you enjoy what you are doing, it will give you a boost and tremendously improve your productivity and therefore your success. Intrinsic motivation is crucial - it also helps us to cope with negative experiences and crises with resilience.

The magical formula for success in work and life

I always thought there was some magic formula for success that had something to do with numbers and numbers and numbers, but the truth is, it's not about numbers. It's about having fun what we do and having fun in life. And that explicitly also applies to working hours, because working hours are lifetime.

It's easy to think of money only when you're successful, but it doesn't have to be. You can unlock success through having more fun. For some people, however, it takes a great leap of faith to think this way, because many are strongly attached to the ideals of our performance society. It is a simple fact that we are much more positive about a situation when we enjoy working in it.

Intrinsic motivation - doing things on your own initiative

All of this has to do with intrinsic motivation: when we are stuck with routine tasks or have to be at work, we are often tormented by work. However, if we do something while it feels like we're on an adventure trip or a fun party, we're working overtime.

We humans like to do things on our own initiative: we like to play, we like to learn and we like to eat. Even when we do something for others, it usually happens out of a certain intrinsic motivation: we feel good when we do it and we feel bad when we don't.

Resilience in crisis management

Intrinsic motivation is the process of doing an activity for its own sake instead of looking for an external reward, such as recognition or motivation from others. The term is derived from the Latin word "intrinsecus", which means "inside", and is usually explained with the desire for inner fulfillment.

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The intrinsic motivation also helps us to deal with crises and failures. We've all probably known some of those moments when things went well at work, but then something came up that just didn't work out. Those who are intrinsically motivated accordingly will regard such experiences as a rare occurrence and will not think about them any further. Maybe it was a bad day, or maybe you just met someone you just didn't feel like going and things just didn't go smoothly with.

If, however, you are not intrinsically motivated, then you perceive such small and large negative experiences as much more serious and stressful or even start to imagine the worst things and catastrophic them. We have all done that. But what kind of thing does that have Sense? It is much better to take the bull by the horns and approach crises positively.

A crazy example of positive problem solving

Ein eindrucksvolles Beispiel, wie das gehen kann, habe ich vor ein paar Jahren in Irland live miterlebt: Das Land steckte gerade mitten in einer Wirtschaftskrise, die Arbeitslosigkeit war hoch. Und während in Deutschland gefühlt jeder herumjammerte, begegnen die Iren dem Thema ganz anders: Frei nach dem Moto „Wirtschaft ist zu 50 Prozent Psychology“ wurde einfach eine Riesen-Party veranstaltet, um die Wirtschaft wieder anzukurbeln. Und zwar in Form eines Weltrekordes der längsten Riverdance-Linie.

As absurd as that sounds, it was also: 1650 people dance Irish step dance for 5 minutes on a suspension bridge to get into the Guinness Book of Records. I have to admit that I thought beforehand with typically German skepticism: “What a crazy idea.” From a rational point of view, it is that too. Does the world need such a record? But the event totally carried me away emotionally: This enthusiasm among the participating dancers, the spectators and the organizers. The groovy rhythms. The dubiously swaying bridge. What I would never have believed before: It was an experience.

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Business is 50 percent psychology

And it worked, the event was a resounding economic success. Because Irish Step is an important economic factor and export hit due to the popularity of the Riverdance show. The economy is 50 percent psychology, said the former Chancellor Ludwig Erhard. This slogan has never described itself as impressively as at this event, which also attracted numerous tourists:

Ok, the action benefited from the fact that Ireland is still closely connected to the Irish emigrants, especially in the USA. The USA is therefore also the most important market for Irish tourism. In this context, the Gathering also became a visit to the land of their ancestors for many Americans of Irish descent. There are also a handful of Irish Hollywood greats who hit the bill: from ex-James Bond Pierce Brosnan to Liam Neeson to three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis.

For all these reasons, such an event is probably only possible in Ireland: In Germany, historically, there is no positive identification with home. Schuhplattler is simply a lot less traveling with you than Irish Step. And we also have to do without Hollywood stars as ambassadors, apart from Christoph Walz, who is actually Austrian, and various actors behind the camera (Zimmer, Emmerich, Ballhaus) who are just not that sexy.

Enjoy your work

What the campaign also showed impressively: A positive handling of crises is possible and even sensible, because difficult situations can be averted in this way. Creativity and humor help to deal with the issue of crisis in this way. If that is not there, there is only complaining. But why is that so? And if we don't enjoy what we're doing, why don't we just do something different?

“Enjoy working” is a blog about work and the things that make us happy when we work. It's also about living a full life. It's about making money, but it's also about not being afraid to ask for help, not to quit your job just because it becomes difficult, and not to be afraid to enjoy our work. The author works in an office where she has a lot of work to do. The work is not always fun and sometimes very exhausting, but it is worth it. It's also great when your work can be seen on the Internet. In her blog she writes about her work and why she likes it so much.

But all of this only works with the right view of things: A Objective is a dream that should come true, a rule is a temporary restriction that can be adjusted from time to time, self-confidence is self-determination, and failure is a learning opportunity and getting up again means getting on with life. In short, to have the best life you need to break rules, develop confidence, pursue success, fall and get up again, and always remember to be productive.

Intrinsic motivation: 10 tips for more success Fun and self-confidence

How do you actually achieve more joy, fun, even intrinsic motivation? Here are 10 for more fun, for more success, for more "I" in life:

  1. I only follow rules as long as they make sense to me.
  2. I go my way, even if there is a danger that it ends up in the undergrowth. Because every single failure takes valuable experience for the rest of your life.
  3. I cease to direct myself according to what others expect of me.
  4. I take my enthusiasm and my elan as a compass, which shows me what tasks fit me and make me happy.
  5. I trust first of all to myself.
  6. I get used to the hasty "Yes, but ...". Instead, I wonder what fear and worry is really behind my objection and how I can dispel it.
  7. I'm awake about claims and objections that slow me down.
  8. I am separated from annoying friendships, which I have only maintained out of compassion.
  9. I record my successes in a success storybook. So I get used to concentrating on my strengths. This gives me security.
  10. I allow myself to regard envy as a compliment and as a proof that I have done my thing well.

Conclusion: having fun is one of the most important things in life

In summary, having fun is more than just doing activities for its own sake. Fun arises when we pursue our interests. You just need to look around to see that people who are intrinsically motivated do better in school, at work, in their relationships, and in pretty much every other aspect of life. While it is not easy to learn to be intrinsically motivated, it is definitely worth the effort. In fact, I would argue that this is one of the most important things you can learn in your life.

If you don't want to be frustrated and tired all the time, and want to look ahead rather than look back, then you should take that to heart. Because that's exactly what intrinsic motivation means: it's about paying attention to what interests us and following our curiosity. I've found that I'm happiest doing what I'm intrinsically motivated to do. And I think that's something we all shouldn't forget.

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