Motivation has been defined by different authors in various ways. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary says that motivation is the act or process of motivating, the condition of being motivated, a motivating for a stimulus or influence, incentive, drive. David Myers thinks that "it is a need or desire that serves to energise behaviour and direct it towards a goal”. Hawkins said "What drives or induces a person to behave in particular fashion, the internal force which initiates, directs, sustains and terminates all important activities. It influences the level of performance and the efficiency achieved. Jones, George & Hill (2000) Motivation as physical forces that determine the direction of a person’s behaviour, a person’s level of effort and a person’s level of persistence in the face of obstacles. Wendy Pan: "Give reason, incentive, enthusiasm or interest that causes a specific action or certain behaviour”. A.H. Maslow developed a theoretical framework for understanding motivation. It arises from the needs and wants of an individual and drives the people through action and work by doing which he makes efforts to fulfil the needs and wants of an individual. Rensis Likert- core management- important performed by a manager for actuating the people to work for the accomplishment of organisational objectives, effective and dynamic Instinet in hands of managers for inspiring the workforce and creating confidence in them. Dalton E. McFarland, motivation is the way in which urges, desires, aspirations, control or explains the behaviour of human being. Dublin thinks it is the complex of forces starting and keeping a person at work in an organisation. Motivation is something that moves that person to action and continues him in the course of action already initiated. Finally S.Hall believes motivation to be a process where members of a group pull together to effect an organisation through loyalty and commitment.
Here are two of them: Motivation means eagerness and willingness to do something; it also means the reason why you want to do something.