The highest motivation that can change the way we behave for the better is actually intrinsic than external factors .There have been many research studies conducted to find out if we are influenced to perform better consistently through a system of rewards and punishments.Humans it is found are found to decrease performance in tasks where there is only materialistic gain as a reward, but fare consistently better where there is autonomy and encouragement of moving towards a purpose . A purpose which aligns with their innate sensibilities.
This throws the conventional and traditional approach to getting work done, up for a toss . As it is exactly the opposite viewpoint that humans can be manipulated to a large extent to achieve better results by the so called carrot and stick methods
In choosing to work harder at a task or a job with passion instead of needing to comply to it the human being feels free enough to go beyond the box. As there is free will within a wider net of required structure the creative potentialities are given a free play and thus the individual moves closer to his authentic self . The joy of self expression results in a need to share it with others out of sheer happiness.
What is it that makes us love ourselves better when we give? Is it the satisfaction in the appreciation of that which we willingly share or is it on the innate need for doing a deed with a larger good in mind, or is it in the happiness of the other that results through the actions ? Whatever it may be , just remember we are truly blessed and are our most authentic self in every expansive action that we choose to do!