[ noun ] the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
"we did not understand his motivation" "he acted with the best of motives"
Used in print(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)
The motivations for both sexes , to_be_sure , are different .(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)
In the Negro neighborhoods and also to some extent in the mixed neighborhoods the problem may be one of identification and motivation .
High motivation towards higher_education must start early enough so_that by the time the boy or girl reaches grade 9 he or she has at_least developed those basic skills which are essential for academic work .
Those who , because of population mobility and the reputed desire of employers to train their own employees , would limit vocational education to general rather_than specific skills ought_to bear_in_mind the importance of motivation in any kind of school experience .(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)
But while the corporation has all the disadvantages of the socialist form of organization ( so cumbersome it cannot constructively do much of anything not compatible with its need to perpetuate itself and maintain its status_quo ) , unluckily it does not have the desirable aspect of socialism , the motivation to operate for the benefit of society as_a_whole .