Earlier this month, I went over goals, and how you need to manage and keep track of player goals in order to make sure that they are getting what they want out of the game. I also went over how goals and motivation were two very different things. Motivation is the reason why you are moving toward a goal. Motivation is what keeps you moving forward.
Keeping track of your players motivation for gaming is probably the most important thing for building a great gaming group which lasts. It can be pretty difficult to figure out, if you're playing with people you don't know, but with friends, it could be just as easy as sharing some fun time with your buds. Figure out what best motivates your players to show up with their A game and you're going to be in very good shape.