I am emotional and I tend to take things to heart. My feelings get in the way of my potential. Knowing this should make things easier, but it doesn’t. My main goal entering this school year as a PreK Teacher and wife was simple; Be better than the day before. Eat better, Love better, Use my time better, Lead better. The better is hard when you don’t feel like it. It is only Labor Day and I already feel beaten by looming high expectations and no time. My Motivation for being better seises to exist. Three weeks into a new school year I already feel like I lost my inspiration. I already feel like I failed.
Feel. Right there is my problem. My emotions are impacting my motivation. Reading John C. Maxwell’s book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Helped me realize something about my personal motivation and how I keep it tied to my feelings. Motivation can’t be tied to emotions or it will never be consistent. Motivation is a lot like love and happiness. No one can force it upon you and it won’t magically happen. Motivation is just something you have to do, and once you start doing it you find that your more motivated to do it. In Maxwell’s book he states that Motivation is a by-product.
Ignore how you feel and just do what you believe will make difference. Because it is right; and soon, when you keep doing whats right, that old feeling of inspiration will find you and push you further towards your goal.
God, I pray that anyone that reads this will find motivation not based on emotions but based on doing what is right. Doing something that will make a difference. I pray you give them strength and control over their own emotions. Help them be better than the day before. Amen.