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Sam Dobson Writes: Motivate The Ones You Love

Monday, August 19, 2013

Motivate The Ones You Love

We all have goals and dreams we aspire to make our reality and this is a beautiful thing. The crappy part of that is that most goals and dreams worth having don't come easy, you only get what you want with a lot of hard work. If you are anything like me, you are lazy twenty-five percent of the time...okay thirty percent. Whatever. My point is that it takes work and a sufficient supply of motivation to continue the uphill battle to achieving your goals. Some perfect people (insert annoyed eye roll here) are self-sufficient when it comes to motivation. They see their goal in front of them and they ignore distractions (Pinterest, Facebook, reality TV, etc.). These people can stay focused on their own without the constant verbal verification from others. I applaud these butt-kissers, because no doubt they were the ones kissing major teacher ass back in school. Nevertheless, they have the focus that I sometimes lack.

My hubby-to-be is pretty much on the same wave length as I am when it comes to self-motivating. We have our goal in sight, start out being super excited and positive, then get distracted or doubtful somewhere along the way. It's okay, totally normal. Happens to the best of us, right? Well, this is where great family and friends can help by nagging...in a good way. I'm not kidding. Maybe "nag" isn't the right word, it's more like "motivate", yet it sure does feel like nagging sometimes. Either way, this is a good thing and we should all be so lucky to have nagging family and friends by our side.

Anyways, my future Mr. has been studying on and off for the dreaded Series 7 exam for at least two years now. For those of you who don't know, the Series 7 is to those in finance what the MCAT is to those in medicine or the LSAT is to those in law. Some even argue that the Series 7 is harder to pass than these other exams, however, I wouldn't know because I have not and will not be taking any of these exams ever. My poor fiance, on the other hand, must pass the Series 7 in order to achieve his goal of becoming a successful financial planner.

The time has come again to buckle down and study with hopes of being prepared to take the exam in a few months. This time, we decided to get him organized. I printed blank weekly calenders and together (he dictating, me writing) we planned out an eleven week study program for him. It's color-coded and everything! Being organized is so much more fun when things are pretty and color-coded.

After we finished, I started thinking about how being organized isn't enough to keep you going sometimes. When that thing we are working towards is freaking hard, organization alone doesn't quite cut it. Aside from verbal encouragement on the regular, I wanted to supply him with something in writing to help motivate him. I went on my trusty Pinterest site and searched for quotes about motivation and success. I printed a bunch of the ones I deemed worthy, cut them out, and pasted one motivational quote on each weekly calender. For each weekly schedule there will be a new piece of wisdom. It's not moving mountains or taking the test for him (I'd fail anyways), but it is a little something extra that may just remind him why he is working so hard.

When you have those days where you are tired and contemplate giving up or at least taking a break, it can do a world of good to see some motivational words. The only thing better than receiving encouragement (written or verbal) when the going gets tough, is getting it from someone you love. Knowing that your significant other, parents, siblings, or best friends believe in you and want you to succeed can get you right back on track. With support from the important people in your life, it's easier to start writing again, study harder, or practice longer. Remember to support the ones you love, especially when they are facing obstacles. Even if you think they know you believe in them, it doesn't hurt to remind them.

Encouragingly yours,



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