stimulation or encouragement resulting in increased activity

Impetus

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Impetus

\ ˈim-pə-təs \ – noun

stimulation or encouragement resulting in increased activitymerriam-webster.com
boost, encouragement, goad, impulse, incentive, incitation, incitement, instigation, momentum, motivation, provocation, spur, stimulant, stimulus, yeastSynonyms
counterincentive, disincentiveAntonyms
Quarterback Jake Browning, running back Myles Gaskin and consensus All-American receiver/kick returner Dante Pettis have provided the impetus for the Huskies, averaging 44.3 points and 411.7 yards per game.Molly Blue, OregonLive.com, "Fiesta Bowl: Washington vs. Penn State score, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 29 Dec. 2017