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Determination

the act of deciding definitely and firmly (MWD)

Motivation

the condition of being motivated (MWD)

Motive

something (such as a need or desire) that causes a person to act (MWD)

Are they the same thing? Two sides of the same coin?

Some examples of situations I can't differentiate between:

  1. The want/desire to win a competition.
  2. The want/desire to achieve a task or goal.

How do you differentiate between motivation and determination to have or win something? It is very hard to describe the feelings in words. How does it feel when you are motivated or determined?

  • Determination is the drive to use motivation for reaching a goal. – Yosef Baskin Jul 28 '17 at 14:28
  • Is it just that simple? – Crazy Jul 28 '17 at 14:48
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    Motivation is more of a want. Determination is more of a need. "His weight loss story has motivated me to lose weight." vs "My family's well-being fuels my determination to succeed in my career." Motivation gets you started but determination keeps you going. – Hank Jul 28 '17 at 14:56
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    Can you illustrate what actually confuses you and add what you think? As it stands now, the question is prone to being deleted for lack of clarity. – Hank Jul 28 '17 at 15:02
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    Motivation is the desire. Determination is the willingness to do what it takes to succeed. Motivation is the reason for the determination. – fixer1234 Jul 28 '17 at 22:08
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Motivation = a want

"His weight loss story has motivated me to lose weight."


Determination = a need

"My family's well-being fuels my determination to succeed in my career."


Motivation gives you a jump start but determination keeps you going.

When it comes to the specified situations, it will all depend on whether you want to win/achieve something or need to win/achieve it.

(Source that supports my ideas)

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Motivation=motion/movement. The spark that turns an idea into action. Determination=ultimately, it's what level of effort or sacrifice you will commit to make the thing happen. put the word 'grim' in front of it :)

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