A fire doesn’t last forever. Over time, the strength of the fire decreases. The heat is less and the flames don’t rise as high. A fire needs to be fed consistently in order to remain lit. Your ability to be motivated and remain motivated is similar to a fire. When you are motivated to do something after you heard a lecture or quote from an adult, it clicks in your mind and you are willing to put forth a little extra effort. However, tomorrow comes and the fire has been going down since you were initially motivated. How do you stay motivated?
It is not always recognizable, but your level of motivation changes. Your level of motivation determines what results you will see in the future. You have to make sure that you keep the fire that is your motivation level lit and going strong. I have seen many students during my years of teaching on fire one day and cold the very next day. How does this happen? This happens when we don’t feed our fire consistently. What motivated you one week may not be enough to motivate you the next week. A student who is willing to travel the path to success will seek out their own motivation without waiting for an adult to feed their fire. Here are some ways to feed the fire:
- Keep a planner (Paper or Electronic)
- Choose one or two mentors to assist you on your journey
- Choose a quote of the week to keep you motivated
- Set and monitor your progress toward accomplishing your goals
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)
It Can Be Done