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Friday, January 5, 2018

5 Minute Friday - MOTIVATE (My title: Know Your WHY)

I am back in action with the Five Minute Friday Blog Link-Up.

Today’s word for five-minute-Friday is MOTIVATE.

Recently at school (I’m a teacher) we had a training that helped me unlock MOTIVATION on several levels.
            First, we were talking about motivating our students. 
            This also transferred to us as educators.  We need motivation.

The big idea was the importance of knowing your “WHY.”  

When you know WHY you are doing something, and you buy into that reason, you become very motivated to do it!

-Students need to know WHY they are learning or studying certain topics.

-Teachers need to define WHY they are in the classroom each day.

-All of us, for whatever task we undertake, have a WHY, but maybe we have never taken the time to define for ourselves what it is.  

Knowing your WHY (or even reminding yourself of it) can make all the difference in the world.

Two quick examples:
My teaching:  Being a teacher requires a wide skill set.  Not everything I do is enjoyable. But here is my why—I’m there for the students. To help nurture them into becoming adults who will reach their potential.  Reminding myself of that flips a switch in my heart while I’m doing some of the “not so pleasant” stuff.

My writing:  My why is to PLANT SEEDS OF TRUTH in young hearts. That gives me focus, even as I’m selecting the topics I want to write about. Also, If I’m just out to make a name for myself, despair is going to set in quickly. But my WHY keeps me motivated to continue.   

In conclusion,
Knowing your WHY…it’s a game changer!  It MOTIVATES!

What is your WHY for the task God has given you to do?


  1. Great insights from "knowing your why". I enjoyed your post and it give me something to chew on. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Carol. Hope your weekend is special, too!

  3. Yes, knowing our why is important and it can definitely help motivate us for the parts of our job that are less enjoyable!

  4. I substitute teach and I know my why. I want to be a light in our community smiling and touching lives at school.

    1. That is s beautiful “why” —those students are very blessed to have you! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great thought provoking reminder! Thank you :)

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It means so much!