Psychological research has identified sixteen basic desires underlying our behavior. See the list to determine what motivates you.
We discussed sixteen motivations for happiness on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.
This show was inspired by the book, Who Am I? The 16 Basic Desires That Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities*. It’s written by the late great Dr. Steven Reiss.
He found that happiness and life-satisfaction come from a sense that our lives have meaning and fulfill a larger purpose. He calls this “value-based happiness.” He has identified 16 universal desires that drive all meaningful behavior.
BIGG success is inner peace which flows from three sources:
– finding and fulfilling your calling
– striving daily to reach your full potential
– staying true to your vision and values
If you don’t have a sense of inner peace, you won’t feel like a BIGG success. And you won’t have inner peace if you don’t fulfill your calling. And you need to understand the motivations underlying your actions.
Power – The desire to influence (including leadership)
Curiosity – The desire for knowledge
Independence – The desire to be autonomous
Status – The desire for social status (including desire for attention)
Social contact – The desire for peer companionship (desire to play)
Vengeance – The desire to get even (including desire to compete, to win)
Honor – The desire to obey a traditional moral code
Idealism – The desire to improve society (including altruism, justice)
Physical exercise – The desire to exercise muscles
Romance – The desire for sex (including courting)
Family – The desire to raise one’s own children
Order – The desire to organize (including desire for ritual)
Eating – The desire to eat
Acceptance – The desire for approval
Tranquility – The desire to avoid anxiety, fear
Saving – The desire to collect, value of frugality
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3 steps to find what motivates you
Step 1: Rank the basic desires from most (1) to least important (16).
Step 2: Look at your rankings for consistency with your life.
Which desires rank high on your list? Does your life reflect it? Compare desired desires with your world results. For example:
– If social contact is important, are you in a work environment that allows for companionship?
– If independence is important, are you in a work environment that encourages individuality?
– If power is important, are you on the right track for management?
Step 3: Act! Act to align your life with your top motivations
Motivations are combustion. They create energy. But you must act to ignite the fire.
For example, let’s say you have a high desire for power. If you’re not on track for a leadership role, how can you get on track for management?
Understanding what motivates you, and acting on that information, will give you a greater sense of happiness, meaning, and fulfillment. That’s BIGG success!
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Here’s to your BIGG success!
George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success
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