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Perception of Motivation...

I was recently talking about motivation with my 12 year old son, and his perspective was fascinating…

His explained (in a very certain voice) that to be motivated at school, it had to come from the teacher. The teacher was creating the motivation FOR him.

It was this belief that motivation was GIVEN to him, and didn’t come from himself (gosh it was hard to keep a poker face).

Which… in many ways I can see why he would think that! There’s a reason why some people are called “motivational” speakers right?

Sometimes you can listen to someone and FEEL the motivation rise within.

But I posed this question to him… what if it's actually something that you get to choose?

You can CHOOSE to be motivated? And maybe it’s like a muscle that you have to strengthen (starting small and building up).

Sometimes motivation is described like wind, something that comes and goes and you can’t “depend on it." It's elusive and not enough to carry you through.

(Now… you may be able to guess what I think about that lol)

What do you think about this?

Is motivation a choice?

Where does it come from? Let me know in the comments!


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