Understanding what motivates us, what inspires us, and is deemed important by us is a vital first step in self-awareness and improving human performance and effectiveness. Knowing our specific level of motivation can be crucial to helping us understand what drives our beliefs and actions so we can bring them into alignment.
Motivators measures seven Dimensions of Motivation that drive our behavior and decisions: Aesthetic, Economic, Individualistic, Power, Altruistic, Regulatory, and Theoretical. Just as DISC reveals how a person will likely behave, Motivators explore why we are driven to do what we do and what we value at our core.
People see the world differently; we all have our own biases and perspectives. We all have our own desires, and we all express those views and desires through our actions. Motivators reveal our viewpoint, our mindset, our paradigm of thought, and our way of judging and valuing life. They are the reasons that drive us to WANT to act. We all have different influences that drive us, and understanding ourselves and recognizing those things that are important to others can lead to greater understanding of one another and strengthen our relationships.
Spend some time really looking at your own motivations, and talking with others about their priorities and perspectives with a genuine desire to learn more about them. Listen, ask thoughtful questions, and see if you can learn something new or different about someone you interact with frequently. Focus on appreciating a mindset that is different than your own, and acknowledge the value of that perspective (even if you don’t agree).
- Our motivators combine distinctively for each person to reveal our priorities and guide our decision-making.
- It is vital for optimal performance that our motivations are satisfied by what we do. They drive our passions, reduce fatigue, and inspire us.
- Behavior (how we act) is determined by emotion (how we feel). Motivators are the reasons that drive us to want to act in a particular way.
- While it’s important to explore each motivator, it is critical to remember that they cannot be separated. They can only be distinguished; all combine to create influence over our decisions.
- Those who understand their natural motivators better are far more likely to pursue the right opportunities, for the right reasons, and get the results they desire.
What are Motivators?
- The Motivators filter and guide decisions uniquely for each person, influencing individual priorities and decision-making.
- Motivators will help you understand your unique beliefs and drivers, providing a clear course on how to maximize your performance by achieving better alignment and passion for what you do.
- Motivators provides insight into what we want and what we believe to be true, important, or fundamental based on our formative years and our learning experiences.
- What we believe influences how we behave so the motivators can help us understand why we do what we do.
What are the 7 Motivators?
There are seven dimensions of motivation the filter and guide our behaviors and decisions. It is vital to remember that although we can explore each motivation individually, they cannot be separated. They can only be distinguished; however, all motivators integrate to influence us.
- Aesthetic – drive for balance, harmony and form.
- Economic – drive for economic or practical returns.
- Individualistic – drive to stand out as independent and unique.
- Political – drive to be in control or have influence.
- Altruistic – drive for humanitarian efforts or to help others altruistically.
- Regulatory – drive to establish order, routine and structure.
- Theoretical – drive for knowledge, learning and understanding.