Dan Pink’s DRIVE jumps on motivation and rides it like a motorcycle on a mountain road. There are twists and turns, but the more you ride, the hotter it gets. You know that feeling of freedom, raw excitement and the sheer rush of being alive. Oh – haven’t felt that way in a while?
It may be that your organization, team or family is using extrinsic motivation (carrot and stick) to motivate team members. You may want to pick up DRIVE and upgrade yourself up to Mr. Pink’s three elements of intrinsic motivation:
While the book was written for workplace teams, the concepts can be applied to home, physical fitness, charity and any other dimension of your life. First, autonomy means that you have the freedom to make decisions. Mastery means that you are striving to conquer an area of interest, skill or subject. Don’t forget purpose, knowing ‘why’ you get up every day!
Re-wire yourself to ‘Positive’
One of my favorite quotes from the book is that positive psychology has “reoriented the study of psychological science away from the previous focus on malady and dysfunction and toward well-being and effective functioning.” In other words, study the well-adjusted, successful people if you want to be happy, healthy, wealthy and wise. Look at the habits of high performing people and replicate these behaviors. Trace the behaviors back to values, morals and internal beliefs. Set your compass to a positive outlook based on autonomy, mastery and purpose. If you like these ideas – read Drive by Dan Pink. I’ve barely scratched the surface and every one of my friends and associates that read this book felt like there was renewed energy in their personal and professional lives.
 Drive. Pink. Penguin Books. 2009. P 73