What To Do When You Need Dream Motivation

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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How do we stay motivated to continue going after our big dreams?

Author Daniel Pink makes the argument that to stay with long term goals we must have intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that comes from inside an individual rather than from any external or outside rewards, such as money.

When you are in a motivation slump, you need to create a purpose around what you need to get done. Think about it – many people struggle with losing weight, but as soon as their 20th high school reunion date is set, they begin exercising and dieting like there’s no tomorrow.

You need to find the greater reason that gets you moving on your dream.

In this video, author, TED speaker and speech writer, Daniel Pink discusses the mismatch between what science knows and what business does–and how that affects motivation. He demonstrates that while carrots and sticks worked successfully in the twentieth century, that’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges.

You can find more on Daniel Pink at his website www.danpink.com.

What keeps you motivated?

Just keep dreaming –


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Catherine HughesCatherine’s dream is to be a motivator and published writer. She is testing her theories on motivation with this blog and the seven other women who have volunteered to be a part of her dream project. Catherine also writes about her life as a mom at the blog A Week In The Life Of A Redhead. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED as the next Erma Bombeck. Catherine posts on Monday mornings.

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