There are many behavioural and emotional correlates of motivation, ways in which your motivation is broadcast to the world around you. Persistence is one such correlate, resilience is yet another. Patience, hope, and curiosity are other ways in which you can exhibit your motivation. Motivation is goal-directed; it is the effort and energy you channel into achieving your goals. But there has been some recent work exploring a construct that sits above goals, something that spans and unifies different aspects of your life. This something can have a profound influence on your learning and positive behavioural change.
And that something is purpose. Purpose gives meaning to the journey. If you make a commitment to wait for someone, your whole purpose (not just one of many goals) becomes one of waiting for them:
What are the characteristics of ‘purpose’ as a cognitive process? Firstly, purpose defines life goals, not activity goals (some of which are compatible with purpose, some of which are incompatible – such is life). Secondly, purpose provides personal meaning across and beyond activities rather than within them. Thirdly, purpose provides general and generalised direction to your life rather than specific directions for any part of it.
In any learning session, you can have an aim; if you don’t, then that session, and your learning, could well be aimless. Across sessions within an activity and between activities, you can have goals; if you don’t, your efforts will flow in all directions, thus becoming directionless.
Beyond activities, you can have a purpose, the influence of which will be reflected in everything you do. Purpose enables you to strive for consistency and authenticity across and beyond the specific activities you undertake. Be purpose full.