The importance of self-motivation is crucial to the success of everything we do. With the magnitude of that statement one would think there would be more of an emphasis on how to become self-motivated.
However, we are finding ourselves in an environment that we are neither motivated nor seem to know how to become motivated.
The technical definition of motivation is: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
So, maybe what we need is a better reason. What’s your reason for getting out of bed in the morning? What’s your reason for going above and beyond at work? What’s your reason for raising responsible adults?
My children are my reason. I can’t give up hope the future can and will be a better place for them. I am also motivated by the idea that God places a purpose in every life and I’m not gonna give up until I fulfill mine.
Maybe instead of giving kids aptitude tests for careers we should find out what it is they really want out of life. What is it people want badly enough that’s gonna make them want to work, achieve, and contribute?
One problem could arise if many of our reasons were based on “to be rich or famous” instead of “to help people, or to make a positive difference in the world.”
For some, the American Dream is a trap that puts too much emphasis on the unattainable and when that falls through, we lose our enthusiasm. We lose our reason and give up because our reality doesn’t match our expectations.
Should we all have to lower our expectations? I don’t think so. I think we need a shift of consciousness. We need to rediscover the values that built this country in the first place. Greed and self-indulgent behavior have stripped our country of our dignity and it’s time to reclaim it.
The family needs to become the center of our focus again. I have high hopes we are moving in the right direction with the upcoming generation. Studies are already showing that they are preparing to do a better job than my generation did to live within their means, not wanting large homes and mortgages, and they are planning to spend more time with their own children than their parents did, even if that means working several part-time jobs over one full-time job.
While these signs are hopeful we can build on this momentum by being supportive and helping them find their “whys,” realizing just because it’s not the way we did it doesn’t make their ideas wrong.
I have been pretty impressed by the motivation of many of our young people and I hope my generation will continue to rekindle some of their old hopes and dreams for a better future and lend a helping hand and open heart to the young people in their lives, too.
Together we can make a difference.
(Rhonda Sexton is a staff writer for The News-Dispatch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 451-3798.)