Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is a human, inborn characteristic that allows us to do things necessary for living, such as eating food when hungry and drinking water when thirsty. Moreover, outside of natural instincts, motivation is what allows an individual to strive for a better a life. If a person lacks motivation, they will fail to reach their full potential in areas of life they desire to strive in.
Motivation is generally used to describe why a person makes the choices they do in every day life. For instance, if a person’s motivation is to achieve high marks in academics, their choices will accordingly be to chosen in order to reach that goal. Contrariwise, if a person’s motivation is to have fun instead of academic achievement, that individual will choose to make choices that hinder their academic status.
Motivation can be positive or negative, it just depends on an individuals priorities and the desire to achieve their goals. If a young person has negative motivation, they may have set their priorities to things like, obtaining drugs and/or alcohol, or putting the time in effort into negative relationships. However, if a young person simply reprioritizes their personal goals to positive endeavors (school, vocational goals etc.) they will be able to regain control of their life and meet their potential.