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Where Does the Word “Motivation” Come From?

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Where Does the Word “Motivation” Come From?

Whether you want to become a better leader, complete a demanding fitness program, build a better relationship with someone special or live your best life, motivation will play an essential role. Having a good understanding of where the word comes from and what it really means should help. 

The Roots of Motivation

Both the linguistic and actionable roots of the word motivation have to do with taking action. As the experts at Membean tell us, “The root word mot means ‘move.’”

That explains where we also get words like motor, motion, motorist, automotive, motorcycle and locomotive (which combines loco, meaning “from a place” and the movement we get from the Latin root mot).  

The folks at Membean rattled off a few more related words that may be of interest to us: “Most people who work are motivated, or ‘moved,’ to make money. Because of this ‘moving’ desire, people will often try to get promoted in their company, or ‘moved’ forward in job rank. One of the greatest fears of an employee is to get demoted, or ‘moved’ down from his current status. Employees can get pretty emotional, or strongly ‘moved,’ when it comes to either a promotion or demotion!”

So what is “moving” you to become a better leader? Why do you want to “move” forward in a relationship by building a bond that is stronger and more meaningful? 

As a motivational speaker, Max Jensen has been “moved” to help people achieve their goals and be all that they can be. (When he served in the Marine Corps, on the other hand, he was often forcefully encouraged to “move” by his drill sergeant!) 

Sometimes, people aren’t clear on what is truly “moving” them to pursue a goal. That can make success harder to achieve. If you think private coaching would help you identify whatever it is that is “moving” you to make changes in your life, contact us about a free consultation.

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