Got motivation?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I was thinking back through my week, trying to find something I could write about for this week's column. A common thread through my work this week dealt with motivation.

Some of the stories dealt with motivating others. For example, Josh Siefken coming to the schools and speaking about graphic novels was, at least in part, meant to motivate the students in their own artwork. It gave them an opportunity to see another way that they could use art, if they should choose to work in that direction.

Some of my stories dealt with the culmination of a motivating time. A number of people participated in the "100 Days of Celebration," which finished up this week. These people have been motivating themselves and each other to live a healthier lifestyle, by eating right and being active.

I am motivated, as we speak, to finish up the edits on my book. I now have a deadline, which always helps the process along.

Even Thursday night, I saw motivation through the story of "The Avengers." Each of the characters had their own reason for working with S.H.I.E.L.D. and with each other, and yet they were still able to come together for a common goal.

Studies say that when runners start out, it helps to have a goal in mind. Especially for beginners, working towards a 5k or a half-marathon keeps them lacing up their shoes and hitting the road.

So whether you're motivated to fix up your house before the next storm blows through, or to finish working before the garage sale weekend (or before your event begins), or even if you're working simply for personal achievement, motivation helps us move forward.