Jan 07 2018

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The Importance of Motive to Motivate

The importance of motive to motivate

The Importance of Motive to Motivate


January is often the time when we make resolutions or pick a word for the year or make goals. We have great intentions of keeping to our course. But as the year continues, it becomes harder to stay the course.

Most years, I’ve had success in some areas and not in others. Last year, I kept to my goal of reading 10 books. But I went the opposite direction with getting a healthy weight. Ugh.

What made the biggest difference?

Reading 10 books was an easy goal. I had many books I wanted to read, so finding the time was key.

Getting to a healthy weight was more difficult because I lost my reason for being healthy.

Motive is the reason for doing something. It’s the “why”. When the motive is clear, believed, and refreshed in the mind regularly, it has a super-power to motivate.


Find your motive, find your motivation

As you look at your goals for this year, don’t forget to identify your reasons for the goal. Don’t choose reasons that are external¬†pressures like “my husband thinks I should.” Make the reasons yours and make them positive like “I want to grow as a writer.” (That motive is one reason I’ve joined a writer’s group and attended workshops.)

One choice I’m going to make this year, and I encourage you to do as well, is to keep my goals and my reasons in front of me and review them regularly. A routine review will keep me on task and help motivate me when I’ve lost my new-year-goal excitement.

What is your “why”?

I’d love to read your positive reasons for making your goals happen. Maybe it’ll help someone else formulate their “why” and gain some well-needed motive motivation for their goals.

Five Minute Friday

I’m joining my Five Minute Friday friends with the word motivate. My five minutes are between the // marks.

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  1. Amber

    I’ve found this to be true. When my “weight” is my goal, I can get crazy overboard. When my health is my goal I tend to think more rationally. I love how the Bile says Jesus is the prize. For me, that realization has been the game changer. The end goal of it all is to love and know Jesus more.

    1. Cheryl

      When I think of honoring Christ with my life, it is a motivator for me. When I connect my faith with my whole life, I always do better.

      Thanks for visiting.

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