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is an umbrella term which can be used to describe a wide number of terms or ideals. One such is the ideal that motivation is the driving force which gives purpose or direction to human and animal behaviours which operate at a conscious and subconscious level, without those behaviours would simply not occur. Another definition for motivation explains that is a persons willingness to exert physical or mental effort in order to complete a goal or set aim.

MOTIVATION: "Motivation is the driving force behind the energy required to complete a task, a lack of motivation will give rise to a lack of driving power behind completing a certain task."

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