There has being a large body of research undertaken, trying to identify the triggers that inspire, drive, motivate people to participate. Reviewing the results of this research shows the most consistent result proves to be intrinsic or internal motivation. As a result of studying this research, here is what I understand intrinsic motivation to be. The Collins dictionary definition is as follows, intrinsic means; “essential to the basic nature of something” or “of one's self”. Daniel Pinks research showed the following three terms help to understand intrinsic and internal motivation better.
Autonomy – the urge to direct our own lives
Mastery – the desire to get better at something that matters
Purpose – in the service of something greater than ourselves
In themselves not startling information but placed together a powerful force which brings dramatic results for people