Why You Need to Balance Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivations

Why You Need to Balance Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivations

Do you ever stop to think about what motivates you in life and your career? Does success mean having fancy cars, elegant homes, designer clothes, and handbags? What happens if you do acquire all of these things, have you actually “made it”? Does chasing paper make us happy in the end? What about the external recognition and status that comes with promotions and financial rewards? This is all great, but you will always want more, and you will never feel satisfied or fulfilled if you chase extrinsic motivations.

Pursuing meaningful success means that you balance both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations. It’s important to ask yourself: what drives me intrinsically? Meaning, what fulfills you internally by serving someone other than yourself? Are you enriching the lives of people around you with your gifts?

 

“Intrinsic motivations are congruent
with your values and are more fulfilling
than extrinsic motivations.” source

 

If money, power, and physical things motivated me, I wouldn’t feel very excited to work on my business relentlessly every single day. I am fulfilled more by intrinsic motivations: empowering women, teaching others, speaking at universities, and meeting women in real life. These activities fill me up and motivate me when I am feeling down or in a rut. My ability to help over 1,200 women daily brings a meaningful dimension to what I do, and no amount of money could ever create the same amount of value.

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Thank you so much, Gum Tree LA for hosting a delicious and intimate brunch for my Style Collective Sisters and me when I was in LA last month. If you are ever visiting or live in the area, please add this cute shop and cafe to your agenda! They seriously have the best avocado toast and the cutest home decor and gifts.

Another big thank you to Catherine and Jessica for organizing this event and always being so supportive of my mission with Style Collective. I have the BEST LA sisters from another mister! 🙂

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  • Katie Schubert

    Hey Annie! Great post! Stopping by to say hi from Style Collective 🙂 Have a great rest of your day!

    xo, Katie
    Willow and White

    • Aw, thanks so much for stopping by Katie! So nice to meet you! xo

  • Hi Annie! I am still dying to meet you in the flesh! What a beautiful post and the photography is just stunning! I see many familiar faces and I am so fortunate to have your support, guidance and motivation to reach for the stars!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  • Hi Annie, This is so inspiring. You ladies look beautiful. Can’t wait to meet you next time you are in LA! xo, Liz

  • LOVE THIS!!! I feel like this message needs to be spread more in the style blogging community, because everyone seems to be so me-focused and consumption/money driven. The reason I haven’t given up after 4 years is BECAUSE of my why, my passion for success: to rescue animals, to inspire people (especially kids) to follow their dreams, to teach what I love (design), and to paint fashion illustrations with truly lovely stories from my clients, do all these for the rest of my life 🙂

    Keep at it Annie!! I’m so grateful for Style Collective <3

  • Emily Soto

    I love this post, Annie! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

  • That meet up looks so fun! I hope I can attend one someday!
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • These pictures are so fun! Looks like you had a great time. Thank you for sharing this, it was a great post!

  • Natalie Goodwin

    I agree wholeheartedly, and your post has made me realize I need to search for some more intrinsic value to what I’m doing. Also, this location is absolutely adorable! 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend!

    xoxo, Natalie
    http://www.rachelgreenandprettythings.com

  • Lindzi Shanks

    I couldn’t agree much! Such a fabulous post to share!

    xx,
    Lindzi – Modern Day Moxie
    http://www.moderndaymoxie.com

  • That is so true, especially for us bloggers! We definitely need that intrinsic motivation while working endlessly with lots of late nights while juggling everything else while we try and build our brands.
    xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com