Without a doubt, Intrinsic Motivation is the better one. The ones who are genuinely motivated have succeeded compared with others. 

1. On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is not always bad. Reward programs, financial perks could help people do the work with even more enthusiasm. 

2. One type of extrinsic motivation that we saw earlier is ‘Integrated Motivation.’ It could be an alternative when an intrinsic motivation fails or not possible. 

3. To obtain the best results, sometimes external motivations could work. 

4. For a long successful run, you need a self-encouraging intrinsic motivation. 

5. When intrinsic motivation didn’t work out, you can still make people going by giving them the right reasons. The point is, with a little help, extrinsic motivation can also get work done for you here. 

At last, you are the better judge of yourself. You know what works for you and whatnot.

I am sure that the types of motivation we discussed here will benefit you. It will help you identify the motivation scale that’s around us.

On that note, 

Any type of Motivation should end up benefitting you and your values. That’s the core of how motivation works. If it’s not beneficial, not positive, and ethical, it’s better to step away from those motivating factors. Don’t matter if they are intrinsic or extrinsic. Sometimes, combining intrinsic and extrinsic could yield better results for you. In the end, you are the perfect judge. 

1. External Regulation: 

It’s like an intentional behavior or activity but controlled by external sources or factors. For example, We can see parents telling kids about the rewards they will get after getting specific grades. Intentionally you do the studying as you want to. But, mostly, your studying will be controlled by the rewards waiting for you.


2. Introjected Regulation: 

You do it under internal pressure. It could be due to false ego, self-esteem issues, guilt, worry, peer appreciations, approval, validation, and sorts. People do it under an obligation and not because they want to. People know that they have chosen it intentionally to do. Yet, it is not a choice of self-intent. 

3. Regulation through Identification: 

It’s a more positive side of extrinsic motivation. It’s like people do things by believing in goodwill. 

For Example: Consider a Student. 

A) The student will have a conscious decision to go to college. It’s like a self-selected goal. It motivates them to study hard and get grades. They do it intentionally but with an external motivating factor. 

B) A major difference here. ‘I want to go to college’ is different. ‘I want to go to college as everyone’s going’ is different. The former is regulation through identification. 

4. Integrated Regulation: 

It’s a wonderful type of motivation. Here, the person will self-reflect, understands the reason, see if it matches their values and needs. Finally, they take action. Though it is a confident decision, an individual runs through all options and external factors. It influences them. 

Is extrinsic motivation totally bad? No. It has some positive sides too.  Here are:

        11 facts about Extrinsic Motivation:

        1.) Things will not be under your control to process it.

        2.) When you are extrinsically motivated, you end up doing things that will not give you a feeling of content. 

        3.) You will find more restrictions and coercion. 

        4.) External factors could change. At some point, you will feel like stopping it or quitting it. But, when you are genuinely motivated, you keep going longer. 

        5.) Peoples stop performing when they don’t find enough rewards. 

        6.) In some cases, when there are no impactful results or if they don’t care about it anymore, people stop. 

        7.) Extrinsic motivation will not guarantee a solid success for a long time. 

        8.) Extrinsic Motivation works well under business establishments. 

        9.) Thought it solely requires intrinsic motivation, some areas could use extrinsic motivating factors too. For Example Sports, Education, Studying, Job, Fitness, and sometimes even in healthy people, we could use some extrinsic motivation.

        10.) If Extrinsic Motivating factors are more appreciative, positive, helpful, and supportive, people can be very well produced. 

        11.) Extrinsic motivation could be fruitful when combined i.e., Giving rewards in addition to making people feel like ‘it’s worth it’ is a wonderful strategy. 

        Though extrinsic motivation has some downsides, it can be productive when used rightly. 

        Let’s see what triggers and drives people toward Extrinsic Motivation.

        1. Rewards:

        The thought of getting the reward will drive people towards working on it. Even little rewards could motivate people to do better the next time. The reward is a great method of extrinsic motivation when used positively. It can show a good impact. 

        2. Money:

        Financial perks, fancy allowances, bonuses, increments are few important mentions here. It motivates people.

        3. Fear:

        Fear is a great motivator. Especially when it comes to fear of losing, people are highly driven. 

        4. End Results:

        When it comes to Extrinsic Type of Motivation, the nature of results plays an important role. Results can be in any form like punishments, a decline of personal regards, bad performance reviews, negative feedback, loss of control, poor outcomes, loss of trust, people’s opinions, disapproval, disconnect, etc. they all have a considerable impact over people.

        5. Praise:

        We can see people around us who do things or work for the sake of gaining attention, being in the limelight, and for the praise. They are extrinsic motivation factors we see every day right before our eyes. 

        6. Power:

        The next in line for money is power. It’s a big extrinsic motivator. The feeling of exercising power, control, and management motivates people. When taken over a certain extent, Power Motivation is always an unproductive method. Exercising control and power in your own life and practices can lead to a better outcome. 

        These are the core categories that cover all external factors that trigger extrinsic motivation in people. The factors could either go straight or go sideways depending upon how you and I take it. 

        Extrinsic Motivation is when you do things that are compelled, driven, and affected by external factors. An individual performs particular action or exhibits a behavior because the individual is affected by external factors. 

        I can explain the Extrinsic Motivation in two different scenarios for you. 

        For Instance, Take

        Scenario 1:

        On the inside, you might not be enjoying it. On the outside, you have no other way but to do the thing. 

        Ex: Studying. 

        You might not enjoy doing it. But, due to external factors like minimum percentage of grades needed, facing parents, facing peers, any rewards, any academic compulsions, or for getting more allowances, etc. you study.  

        Take Scenario 2

        You know that it is good and beneficial to do. Still, you hesitate. You will not be motivated internally to do it. It takes some external factors to make you do it. 

        Ex: Getting into College

        I understand that I want to get into college. I can realize that a college education is good. But, to study more and get high grades or scores can be demotivating or hesitant to do. Studying can be like a mountain to climb. Yet, for the sake of college education benefits, we pull ourselves together and do it.


        I hope you find it easy to relate because you and I go through this phase every day in the life. 

        1. Achievement Motivation: 

        In simple terms, let’s say that you will be driven towards achieving a goal, a specific task, to get a sense of achievement/completion of tasks and sorts. No money or rewards as a motivation here for you. Purely driven by accomplishing, reaching, and completing the work, you will have the ‘Achievement Motivation.’ If you have ‘achievement motivation’ you will concentrate more on doing things better instead of results or any kind of reward. 

        2. Psychological Motivation: 

        It’s an unexplainable feeling that comes internally. It motivates us to do things. Later, we would wonder about how we did it or why we did it. Have you have experienced this feeling? If the answer is Yes, then it’s a way of intrinsic psychological motivation. There’s no scientific explanation for it. 

        1. Creative Motivation: 

        It’s a desire to express yourself. Creativity is a very compelling internal feeling. Creative people don’t mind about wanting other people to see or the world to see. They are motivated to let things out, which are in their mind and heart. For instance, creative motivation can be like starting their own business, applying technologies in different fields, start writing a novel, creative themed blog, story writing, learning new musical instruments, etc. 

        2. Competence Motivation: 

        As I mentioned earlier, the sense of competence, if taken positively, can bring a wonderful self-motivation. People who are under ‘competence motivation’ will continuously look for getting better. They keep challenging themselves; they learn from their mistakes; they retrospect and compete.

        Towards achieving their goal, competence motivation is what people exhibit in them. Another way of competence motivation is with others i.e., with their peers. On a positive note, competence with peers can help them better. 

        3. Learning/Exploring Motivation: 

        Learning keeps us going. The need to learn, need to explore is a wonderful intrinsic motivation in people. The ‘Exploring motivation’ will make people look for new things and see new perspectives. 

        4. Attitude Motivation: 

        It’s more inclined towards social status and behavior. People under ‘Attitude Motivation’ work on making people around them feel good. In simple terms, the term attitude motivation is “good intention.” Making people feel good brings joy, and a wonderful feel to you. That’s why you are motivated to do more. 

        1. Independence/Autonomy

        The ‘will’ to be independent, freedom in their mind space, and to express them triggers a good motivation. Sense of freedom and autonomy in what they do and what they want motivates people intrinsically.  

        2. Unexplained Desire

        We do things that we cannot explain why we did. Unexplained desire to do it sometimes will motivate us. It could go positively or end up hurting somebody. Either way, the many feeling comes at times. 

        3. The sense of ‘I CAN.’

        It’s another chief factor that triggers intrinsic motivation greatly. 

        4. Healthy Competence with Peers 

        It’s a common factor prevailing among almost everyone. Having a healthy competition or considering a healthy skill competence within peers, people are motivated. 

        1. Curiosity

        We have heard the famous quote that says ‘curiosity is the mother of all invention.’ The same goes here too. 

        The curiousness 

        To learn new things.

        To build skills.

        To see what it is.

        To know how it works.

        To explore new probabilities.

        To look for Possibilities.

        To reach new heights.

        To change existing things.

        To try different things.

        The above are few of the ‘curious factors’ that occurs naturally in individuals. Eventually, it brings an intrinsic motivation in them.  

        2. Passion 

        The underlying ‘Passion’ is what motivated every successful people today during their early times of struggle. Passion is something that occurs naturally. It helps to move us towards achieving goals. Passion is the most important factor that brings intrinsic motivation in people.  

        3. Honor

        For the sake of honor, pride, and will to positively impact people has motivated people to do things. No external factors come other than the sense of pride and honor.  

        4. Self-Improvement

        People who keep challenging themselves and improving themselves are intrinsically motivated. 

        5. Success

        Success is a great motivator for everyone. That, too, visualizing the success will help people run forward with enthusiasm. 

        6. Sense of Achievement

        The desire to achieve something, even if it’s little, is a wonderful intrinsic motivation. A sense of achievement prior and after will trigger a lasting motivation in people. 

        7. Stability

        To achieve ‘stability is life’ is a great self-motivator to you and me without a doubt. It’s essential for us too. Balancing life and working towards your passion needs a stable ground. As a result, we become intrinsically motivated to work on getting that stability.  

        Here are ten advantages and facts about Intrinsic Motivation and how it is impactful in everyone’s life every day. 

        1. Intrinsic Motivation is the true natural form of motivation for people. Things that you do it for yourself have more success rate than things you do it for others or due to pressure.

        2. Intrinsic Motivation lasts longer. It’s not temporary. Those who are intrinsically motivated will always stay awake in pursuit of what they wanted to do. 

        3. It often leads to a high level of success. It is because work you enjoy doing will motivate and inspire you to reach heights. 

        4. Regardless of the Positive and Negative side, intrinsic motivation stays longer in individuals. The desire keeps motivating them. 

        5. Intrinsic Motivation is within your Control. It’s a notable factor here. 

        6. If a person is intrinsically motivated, they tend to ‘Not Give Up’ soon. They keep trying. 

        7. Intrinsic motivation caters creativity.

        8. People are more persistent when they are internally motivated. 

        9. Personal commitment is high with intrinsic motivation. 

        10. Over justification, Effect is another psychological term. It’s related to intrinsic motivation. It means that when a person is intrinsically motivated to do the work, they don’t expect any rewards or accolades. But, if you apply some extrinsic rewards, it tends to decrease their intrinsic motivation. 

        I hope you could have got some ideas by now about the intrinsic type of motivation. 

        11 Major Factors that trigger Intrinsic Motivation in Individuals:

          1. 1. Curiosity
            1. 2. Passion 
              1. 3. Honor
                1. 4. Self-Improvement
                  1. 5. Success
                    1. 6. Sense of Achievement
                      1. 7. Stability
                        1. 8. Independence/Autonomy
                          1. 9. Unexplained Desire
                            1. 10. The sense of ‘I CAN.’
                              1. 11. Healthy Competence with Peers 

        Intrinsic motivation is about doing things for the sake of internal rewards, self-appreciations, and natural interest. There is no need for external things to make people do what they do. Self-improvement and joy of doing things is another form of intrinsic motivation. People get motivated because they like it. 

        Similarly, People get motivated to impact people and situations around them positively. Either way, they do because they are inherently motivated. 


        Every emotion we experience is either triggered internally or eternally. So, here are some of the major factors, reasons, and characters that encourage a sense of self-motivation in people. 

        Here are examples that explain what extrinsic motivation looks like for you.

        1. You are studying because your parents have promised to give you some rewards.

        2. You start exercising and do diets because you want to fit in a dress, look like your role model, or someone criticized you for the weight. 

        3. You take classes or go to classes for the sake of false ego, compulsion, or for any rewards. Internally, you will not enjoy doing it.

        4. Choosing work that gives good financial stability, social status, work perks, and allowances. But in reality, you could hate the job you are doing. You could feel like this job is not taking you anywhere & yet you have to do it. For the sake of financial stability, you are motivating yourself to do the job you don’t like. It’s an extrinsic motivation type. 

        5. You buy books and stack to show off. You buy things to show off. 

        6. People do things to prove a social status. Inside, they could be struggling, or they don’t enjoy it. 

        7. Start things just to compete with people who are already doing it. It’s another way of extrinsic motivation. 

        8. You clean your room because your peers could get a bad opinion or your parents could give you some sort of punishment etc. 

        If you enjoy what you do, you don’t need any motivation. People do it for the joy of doing it. 

        When it comes to intrinsic motivation, people inspire by two things: 

        1.) How good it feels to do it. 


        2.) How happy it makes them after doing it. 

        This is how intrinsic motivation works. 

        Here are some of the practical day to day examples based on Intrinsic Motivation.

        1. Exercising to stay fit.

        2. Choosing subjects that interest you.

        3. Learning new things to gain knowledge. 

        4. Choosing a career that you like.

        5. Playing sports that you like.

        6. Taking classes on favorite subjects or hobbies or other related sorts.

        7. Studying because you like it. Grades could be secondary here. 

        8. Buy Novels because of your Reading habits.

        9. You start a blog because you like to write.

        10. Starting your own business to express things that you like doing. Business is not about starting to compete. It is about starting for the joy of self-content it gives. Most importantly, it’s about trust in oneself.

        11. Self-trust is the biggest form of intrinsic motivation. 

        12. You clean your room because you like to keep things tidy. 

        Motivation, in itself, is a strong word when it comes to inspiring and making people do things. Concerning, ‘how you do things’ and ‘what makes you do the thing,’ motivations are categorized for you. To learn about the types of motivation will make things easier for you. 

        2 Main Type of Motivation:

        Every kind of motivation you see, you experience or hear falls majorly under two categories. 

        They are: 

        • Intrinsic Motivation
        • Extrinsic Motivation

        In simple terms,  

        • You ‘Do’ it because you like it. You ‘Do’ it for the Joy of Doing. It is what we call an Intrinsic Motivation.

        • You do it because you have to or someone or something is making you do it. This is what we call an Extrinsic Motivation. 

        Irrespective of other reasons, the main ideas that motivate people are the above two. 

        1.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

        If life’s trouble hasn’t killed your morale & spirits, it means it has made you stronger. Things that don’t kill your passion, efforts, goodwill, and spirit inside you will only make you stronger. 

        2. Look for a Silver-Lining

        It is good in every bad. Look for a silver lining. Only in that way, you bring inspiration and hope. You can get up from all the troubles surrounding you. Take the positive side. Appreciate what’s left of life. Practice gratitude. 

        3.  Go with the flow

        Sometime life will be like ‘Sit and watch what I do. I have surprises for you. Your plan for me will not always go as you expect’. Go with the flow. Go where life takes you. Often, it is always to your happy place. At times, it will be a good lesson for us to learn in life. 

        4.   This Too Shall Pass

        How were you two years back? And how are you today? Things that troubled you before will now seem like a little pebble on your way. Sufferings will be long gone. The lessons you learned would have made you a better person now. So everything passes. 

        5. Forgive. Don’t Forget

        Don’t forget the lessons that people taught you. Anyhow, forgive them. Life runs smoothly when you forgive people and don’t forget the lessons. 

        1.  Situations change quickly

        We probably hear this lot. But here it is one more time. “Life is a circle”. Winners can lose. Losers can take their win. In the same way, life’s situations change quickly. Not everyone stays unhappy all the time. Not everyone stays happy all the time. On the other hand, life’ situations also change people. It can be for good or for bad. This life lesson is right in front of your eyes. 

        2.  Time heals wounds

        At the time of suffering and challenges, life can seem like a ruin. After a year, you will wonder about ‘I can’t believe I crossed this phase of life’. Time heals everything. Time changes everything. 

        3.  My opinion of yours is not your concern

        We can differentiate if it’s a genuine opinion or something given purposefully. Take the genuine opinions into consideration. Even then, do what feels right to you. My negative opinion about you should not be your concern. Learn to grow above such things.  

        4.  Ignore the Haters

        There’s nothing much you can do with them. They will do what they want to do regardless of people’s feelings and situations. Giving importance to such people takes a lot of your time and emotional wellness away. Learn the lesson to ‘ignore the haters’ before it’s late. 

        5.  Identify true people in your life

        Sometimes good people will be right under our nose. We fail to see them. The biggest life lesson I like to share here is, ‘Don’t be too late in identifying true people in your life’. People are right in front of you every day. Adjust your vision and see who does ‘good’ to you and ‘bad’ to you. 

        1.  Sufferings will lead to strength in character

        If it wasn’t for our life’s challenges and troubles, we all would be living in a fancy bubble. You will learn life only after troubles and sufferings. It’s a tough time, and I understand. But, every individual shines bright after the sufferings in life. It teaches them important lessons. Take the challenging times in life to self-reflect. Get inspired to do more. Bring the will to get back on track. 

        2.  The world is bigger than your problems

        Look at people who are unfortunate than yourself. See people who struggle in life and still walk with a smile. Observe people who are so much positive and hopeful amidst all life’s sufferings. The world is bigger than your problems. Understand it as soon as you can. Stop worrying. Start living. 

        3. Enmity is a total waste of time

        Enmity and hatred is a form of self-punishment. The feeling of hatred infuriates you instead of subsiding you emotionally. It alters your health, your overall wellness, your progress, etc. What do you want in life? Is it Progress or Hatred? Choose wisely. Divert your time and energy to your betterment and not for growing enmity. Don’t learn this life lesson that’s in front of you too late.

        4.  Don’t take everything personally

        Not everything is pointing you or directed towards you. Relax. Stop taking everything personally. Taking everything personally brings more restlessness. You won’t have a piece of mind.  

        5.  Miracles do happen in a way

        Miracles come through faith, hope, and positivity. Don’t lose it. Take them every day with you, and miracles will happen. 

        1.    Material things don’t matter that much

        Money, Luxury and other finer things can never make your soul happy. Material things are only to a certain extent in life. They are made only to make your life easier and nothing else. Don’t spend your life on it. Spend it for people. 

        2.    Facing the Truth

        Somehow you have to face reality and the truth. Most of us are afraid to face this true reality. As a result, we only bring troubles and not solutions. Remember, only by facing your truth you can make life healthier. Don’t hide from the truth. The time we learn this lesson, it could be too late. Set aside the fear and always face the truth. 

        3.    Fear of embarrassments and criticisms are stopping you

        If you look back, you will understand one thing. By yielding to other’s criticism and embarrassments, you stop yourself. Other’s approval, criticisms, judgments, and opinions should not hinder you. Unless it is positive and genuine, you can take it.  Avoid otherwise. If you keep responding to every criticism thrown at you, you stop walking forward in life. 

        4.     Don’t compare

        You and I have a different pace in life. If you start comparing your life with others, you will never feel good life. If you appreciate your own life, you fill it with positivity and inspiration. 

        5.  Do what you feel is right

        It’s okay to get advice and opinions from people around you. Observing what’s happening around you is also good. In the end, do what you feel is right. Don’t do what others say is right. Yielding to peer-pressure will put you down. It’s never too late to learn this life lesson. 

        1. You need to Live and Let Live

        I got my life to battle. You got your own life to battle. It’s an everyday event. Let it be as such. Live and let live. 

        2. Take the next small step that you can

        It’s a life lesson that’s right in front of us but we learn it late. Been through so much in life? Don’t know what to do? Take the next step that you can. Calling your friend, eating your favorite food, going out for a walk, stepping out, working out and everything is a small step. Take it! And, with the small steps slowly walk. 

        3. Realizing the importance of people around you

        You and I often tend to forget how important the people around us are. They make our life run smoother every day.  Your friends and family take care of you. It’s neither money nor anything else. Let’s start realizing how important they are to us. Let’s appreciate little things people do for us. It’s right in front of us. We have to see it sooner and cherish it.  

        4.    Regrets and Guilt’s are blocking you

        It becomes hard to see the right thing when you are filled with guilt and regret. They both hinder your emotional wellness. Take care of it. Move past your life’s regrets and guilt’s but don’t forget the lessons it gave. Come out of your regrets and guilts as soon as you can. 

        5.    Little things you do impact your tomorrow

        Including healthy food choices, little things you do today has a big impact on your tomorrow. Starting your exercises today impacts a healthier tomorrow. Saving a little amount of money can help tomorrow. Little things you start today in faith will help you tomorrow.