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I was recently speaking to a group of advanced coaching students from our wealth and success mentoring program and in discussing motivation I happened to say. “Keep your eye on the prize.” Someone asked me what that meant. I responded “Remember why you are doing this” or “stay focused”. The image is that you should keep looking ahead to the eventual goal, instead of at what you have had to go through to get there.

The term “Keep your eye on the prize” is a reference to a folk/spiritual song known by the same name (and multiple others, including “Hold on” and “Gospel plow”), which was revived by the civil rights movement in the 1950’s.

The key to all of this is the concept of motivation. Motivation is the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation is also one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior. An individual is not motivated by another individual. Motivation comes from within the individual and yet a skilled life coach can guide a client to go within and tape into the core where their motivation rests, waiting to be awakened.

How we get motivated. Motivation as a desire to perform an action is usually defined as having two parts,

  • Directing our response or attention towards a positive stimulus.
  • Directing our response or attention away from a negative stimulus.

Motivation is not just a psychological state but actually has roots in the chemistry of the brain and the nervous system.

Studies on neurology and “seeking” behavior (actions motivated actions towards a goal) show that this type of motivation can be influenced by increase the brain chemical ‘dopamine’.


Experiments reveal that dopamine is released during the anticipation of a reward. This may be why people become ecstatic and deeply satisfied when they win a prize or achieve a goal.

Psychological theories Concerning How and Why People are Motivated

Motivation can be conceived of as a cycle in which thoughts influence behaviors, behaviors drive performance, performance affects thoughts, and the cycle begins again. Each stage of the cycle is composed of many dimensions including attitudes, beliefs, intentions, effort, and withdrawal which can all affect the motivation that an individual experiences. Most psychological theories hold that motivation exists purely within the individual, but socio-cultural theories express motivation as an outcome of participation in actions and activities within the cultural context of social groups.

There are a number of theories concerning motivation. The most effective life coaches combine aspects from these differing theories. Some of the concepts I work with include the following ideas:

·         Some people organize their needs based on the importance of each need in their own minds. This is called “having higher order needs”.

·         Some people organize their needs based on biological and instinctual necessity rather than what they think is important. Here needs tend to be define by physiology, safety, social needs, ego, and self-fulfillment.

·         Some people avoid any discomfort no matter how beneficial it may be. These are individuals that usually only respond to rewards and punishment. These people also tend to dislike work.

When a coach works with a client focused on biological and instinctual necessity it is physiological needs that are most important level. These fundamental requirements include food, rest, shelter, and exercise.


After physiological needs are satisfied, a person can focus on safety needs, which include protection against danger, threat, and deprivation.


Here is a wonderful article about a man who began writing an opera decades ago and finally completed it and had it produced at the age of 82 years old.




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If you have an interest in having a basic understanding of Applied Game Theory (and you need to) here is an interview I did with James Selman, a pioneer and innovator in Leadership research.


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Winning The Game Of Life: A Primer On Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theory


Lewis Harrison is the director of the professional Coaching Training Program at the International Association of Healing Professionals


He is  founder of the RealUGuru Project Think Tank is a is a life coach, peak performance expert, writer, mentor, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.


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If you are an entrepreneur you will want to begin with his books on game theory and business success.  Here are two basic ones to start with:



The offerings on RealUGuru.com focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

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