Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation
- Rewards and Punishments vs Enjoyment
- Practice Guitar vs Play Guitar
- Needs vs Overflow
- Want to avoid a bad outcome vs enjoyment of the activity
- Meaningful sacrifice vs “It’s no sacrifice, it’s a joy!”
- Threatens holistic life balance vs promotes holistic life balance
- Draining vs Replenishing
- Adrenaline fueled vs Calm Resilience
- Push vs Pull
- Love for the outcome vs Love for the process, presence, and outcome
- Need vs Overflow
- Extrinsic helps LEAD TO a right heart vs Intrinsic IS a right heart
- Rewards from God vs God AS the reward
- Promise of Heaven threat of hell vs “as for me, it is good to be near God”
- Shotgun weddings to Jesus vs “One thing I ask — see your beauty, dwell in your temple”
- In my formative years I experienced extrinsic threats without intrinsic pleasures and it provoked a very adverse reaction to Christianity!
- You can’t force someone to fall in love. But you can give em’ a little push in the right direction.
- Leading a horse to water doesn’t guarantee they’ll drink but it sure gives them a better chance to drink than leading them to the desert!
- Both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations are biblical. Both are valid. Wise parents and teachers use both selectively.
- Extrinsic motivators are helpful when passion is lacking.
- Extrinsic motivators are unhelpful when they turn the joy into obligation.
- At the heart of true biblical faith is ENJOYING GOD.
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