It has been almost a month since my last blog. I believe that I am the biggest slacker in the blog world there is. I feel embarrassed! School has been great. I like my classes a lot. I’ve had a really fun first semester so far. My close friends and I are always doing something fun. My roommate and I have been extremely crafty in our spare time lately. She’s better at being crafty, but it’s fun to try for me! 🙂 Life has been really good lately. I have some good people in my life. Having good friends makes rough times much easier.
Yesterday in my Ed Psych class we had a class discussion on what motivates people. We thought of many ideas that were pretty broad. When I was sitting there daydreaming (oops) I was thinking about what really motivates me. I thought of the broad topics that the class thought of also, but then I thought about them in more detail. Some of the broad topics were recognition, pride, respect, acceptance, and love.
So everyone likes to be recognized for something they’ve done. In sports I enjoyed beingrecognized for my efforts put towards my sport I was playing at the time. Sometimes this is the only way some people are motivated. If I wasn’t recognized for something I was still able to be motivated.
Pride is something everyone should have. Some people have different levels of pride. I dislike people who are so prideful that they believe that they are better than sliced bread (yeah, I just said that).
Respect is a huge motivator for me. If I feel that I am not respected for my efforts I try to work harder and harder. Sometimes in sports or in school I would feel that my coach/teacher would see that I slacked on something or didn’t give enough effort; I feel like they lost respect for me. I try harder and harder to earn that respect back. Respect from my parents in everything I do is extremely important for me. They are my own personal motivators. Without them I would have a lot less motivation in life. I want to make them proud so I do what they would respect me for most of the time. I love feeling respected by my parents because of the effort I put into something.
Acceptance is also a great motivator for me. I know that sometimes acceptance is not a motivator either. In life I’ve had friends who don’t care about school and would rather do things that will not benefit them. I wanted to be accepted by them so I started not to care about school and things that are more important. I didn’t even realize I was trying to be accepted by them until my grades when downhill for a while. Things like this happen to everyone. It’s the realization of what is happening (changing to feel accepted) is important in life. In my future as a teacher, I know that students will do the same thing. I think it’s important to show kids that school and their future is more important than fitting into a group that isn’t going to accept you for who you are.
LOVE is great! My professor asked us what motivates us in our relationships (family or friends). Everyone in my group immediately said love. Everyone wants to be loved and that’s what motivates us to have secure relationships. I know that having friends is important. Picking the right friends are even more important. A friend who loves you no matter what is a true friend. I know that my parents and siblings will be my best friends forever because they love me no matter what the circumstances. Yes, families have their fights and disagreements, but they’ll always love you. That’s what motivates me to have a great relationship with my family. Being loved is the number one aspect of life that everyone wants.
Everyone has a goal in life whether they are doing something to go towards that goal or not. My goal is to become an elementary teacher and eventually guidance counselor. This goal motivates me. I want to change lives for the better, and I believe being a teacher can be a great way to do so.
Motivation is often lost–for me at least!! Everyone goes through days/weeks that they just cannot get motivated to do well in school and work. Sometimes motivation can be hard to come by. Trying to motivate yourself is sometimes hard; being able to motivate yourself when things are going wrong makes you very strong.
What motivates YOU?
Do something good for someone else! 🙂