YOUR MOTIVATION NUMBER
Your Motivation Number (also known as your Heart or Soul number), taken from the vowels in the full name by which you are usually known, represents your dharma or guiding essence. It is the inner you that is trying to express itself in the outside world. It is the very essence of who you are and it indicates your innermost desires, the way you would like to be in a perfect world and what you may fantasise about.
If you are always known by a nickname or a shortened name (i.e. christened Susan but always known as Sue) then you should use this to calculate your Motivation Number. Ignore any middle names unless they form part of the name by which you are known.
The letter Y is counted as either a consonant or a vowel depending on how it is pronounced in a name, e.g. in the name 'Young' the letter Y is a consonant, however in the name 'Murphy' the letter Y is classed as a vowel as it is pronounced as a vowel ('ee'). One golden rule is if there are no vowels in your name whatsoever then Y is always classed as a vowel (e.g. Lynch).
Using Sam Smith as an example, his Motivation Number - 1 - is calculated as follows