Victor Frankl is one of the best-known authors on motivation and human psychology.

Frankl’s approach on motivation
Victor Frankl is one of the best-known authors on motivation and human psychology. Frankl’s psychological memoir entitled “man’s search for meaning” is an indispensable masterpiece that meditates about his gruesome torture and abuse that Frankl underwent as a prisoner in Auschwitz. The experiences that he underwent as a Nazi prisoner taught him that success in life is driven by motivation. Through both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, individuals are able to understand the meaning of life and as such formulate the most viable solutions to the problems that affect them. While many times human beings face predicaments in life, motivation acts as the Driving force behind the source of strength to overcome such moments.
Franklin’s motivation in life as stipulated in his memoir “the search for meaning” is anchored in the desire to love, work with a purpose and the courage and confidence to face difficult situations in life. Throughout the book, Frankl demonstrates the power if extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is rooted in the inner feelings, attitudes, and perception that an individual possesses. Intrinsic motivation allows an individual to make the right decisions without the influence of external factors. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, emanates from external entities. Here, the feelings, attitudes, and perceptions that an individual has depend on the encouragement that the environment is able to offer at any particular point. If the external factors fail to offer the anticipated form of motivation, the individual remains demotivated. Extrinsic motivation is meant to enhance environment-friendly factors that are important for the survival of the people living in a particular environment. For instance, in a classroom, the teacher may act as the source of extrinsic motivation by encouraging the students to work hard. The teacher may reward the students whenever they perform well or even when they do not achieve their targets.
Victor Frankl’s approach to psychological motivation relies heavily on the theory of Sigmund Freud. Both psychologists emphasize the concept of frustration as the main reason for a diminished motivation. According to Frankl, motivation emanates from the ability of the individual to handle frustration. Frustration, according to Frankl is the search for meaning. Whenever confronted with a difficult moment a person should try to search for the reasons and meanings behind the occurrence of such predicaments. Using his life experiences, Frankl demonstrates that despite the predicaments that a person faces, with the right attitude and deep sense of Motivation it is possible to overcome. He brings up the concept of fate as an aspect of human life. Frankl asserts that human beings are able to do anything in t=their lives whenever they realize that they have “nothing to lose except their so ridiculously naked life”(3). According TO LeDoux, motivation is usually of utmost importance at the time when a person is suffering or undergoing stressful moments in life (2875). Suffering is, however, something that depends on an individual’s perception of life. This means that motivation is an important part of the healing process and walking out of the difficult situation. Motivation is an aspect of existentialism which means that surviving in life encompasses finding meaning in suffering and using the meaning to change the society. The essence of motivation is to bring change and offer practical solutions to the problems affecting the society at large.
Frankl goes further to note that everything that happens in life has a purpose and as a result, suffering too has a purpose. It is, therefore, the obligation on the individual suffering to find this purpose and work hard to accomplish the goals and desires in life. Since every human being is unique, whatever happens in the life of one person differs significantly from another person’s purpose. It is upon every individual to come up with the most viable strategies that would help one identify their purpose in life. Once a person recognizes this purpose, they will garner the right momentum and motivation. As Frankl asserts, the harsh circumstances perpetrated to the prisoners are meat to make them bitter and lose their meaning in life drawing from imprisonment examples
Habit formation and change based on Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit
According to Frankl, love supersedes all the human worries and fears. Through love, people are able to go beyond the challenges and difficulties that may come their way. Frankl demonstrates the power of love as a source of motivation through the feelings he had for his wife. He says, “I was again conversing silently with my wife, or perhaps I was struggling to find the reason for my sufferings, my slow dying. In a last violent protest against the hopelessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gloom. I felt it transcend that hopeless, meaningless world, and from somewhere I heard a victorious “Yes” in answer to my question of the existence of an ultimate purpose”(23).
When people love each, they usually possess a deep sense of sacrifice towards each other. Within the concept of Frankl, the trauma that his wife and his family who died in the concentration camps drive him to dedicate his life fighting for justice. Evidently, it is only after realizing the beauty of nature and appreciation of other people that one is able to overcome the stresses of life and torments. The images of his beloved wife usually motivated him to yearn for a change not only for his family for his entire society that had for a long time been exposed to turmoil by the Nazists (Nolen et al. 280). Frankl, however, notes that the images of love can never make any sense if they do not help people discern their senseless predicaments. In Charles Duhigg’s book, “The Power of Habit” genuine love bin people together and as a result, they are able to encourage with each other especially during difficult moments. Love is a habit that is nurtured with time. When people that embrace love and coexistence surround an individual, the person will be able to manage his or her difficult situations. In a way, love is the bond that keeps people together. When there is, love people share their worries and anxieties and solve problems. This means that through this form of sharing, harmony will always be there and as a result, motivation will become a norm.
Angela Duckworth’s article “The Significance of Grit.”
The article captures “Courage to face difficulties” as an important tenet of motivation as articulated by Frankl. Courage is virtue behind success in any endeavor. This means that for people to overcome difficult moments motivation is vital. According to Frankl if one has enough courage to approach their predicaments they will always get the right motivation to stick to their purpose. Courage best fits under intrinsic motivation since this is something that has to be inherent to the character of an individual. The aspect of courage as the precursor for motivation is also emphasized in Angela Duckworth’s article “The Significance of Grit” where she says that courage is the difference between success and failure. If there is courage in all the endeavors success will always be witnessed. However, lack of confidence compromises the journey to success making it impossible for the person to focus on his or her purpose in life. According to Duckworth, people who are able to formulate long-term goals and stick to them irrespective of the difficulties with adequate motivation end up succeeding academically and in life.
Educational motivation from Mike Rose’s essay “I Just Wanna Be Average.”
Purposeful work
Success results from continuous and resilient efforts that come from motivation. The desire to work and pursue one’s goals will always result in positive outcomes. According to mike rose, in her article “I Just Wanna Be Average” does not recognize the full potential and value of its students. As a result, some of the learners enter into a comfort zone and ultimately fail to realize their full potential. When there is no motivation, there is also no purpose for work. It is therefore important for teachers to motivate their students and assure them that they can make it in academics as well as life at large.
Overall, motivation is an important aspect in all domains of life. Presence of motivation enhances hard work, success in life as well positive attitude. As depicted by Victor Frankl, motivation has been proven the driving force behind all the positive outcomes that occur in human life.

Works cited
LeDoux, Joseph E. “Coming to Terms with Fear.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 111, no. 8, 2014, pp. 2871–2878. JSTOR, JSTOR,
Nolen, Susan Bobbitt, et al. “Methods for Taking a Situative Approach to Studying the Development of Motivation, Identity, and Learning in Multiple Social Contexts.” European Journal of Psychology of Education, vol. 27, no. 2, 2012, pp. 267–284. JSTOR, JSTOR,
Thomas, Deneia M., et al. “Self-Efficacy, Motivation, and Academic Adjustment among African American Women Attending Institutions of Higher Education.” The Journal of Negro Education, vol. 78, no. 2, 2009, pp. 159–171. JSTOR, JSTOR,