The Importance of Motivation
This week I am going to focus on the importance of motivation.
All of the women I interviewed in my research were highly motivated BUT not all of the time. I really think that is an important point to make because sometimes when the going gets tough (and yes, I know you are nodding your head, it sure does get tough sometimes) motivation is very hard to find.
It is especially disheartening at those times because study involves so much sacrifice and juggling that one can start to question:
Is it really worth it?
To understand what motivates mothers who study is to embark on a journey into their relationships, fears and dreams. It involves looking beyond kinda-superficial statements about goals and career to understand a much more complex truth.
The central and unique finding to emerge from the narratives of the women I spoke with was that they were motivated by a
desire for personal achievement and self-development
I prefer to learn about a topic (any topic) by reading other people’s first-hand accounts and hearing them describe events in their own words.
So…let’s hear from some Mums as they describe their motivations to study.
I came into study after my marriage broke up and I decided I wanted to go to uni. For me it was about saying to him “ME, ME, ME. LOOK I CAN DO IT!”
I was married to a narcissist and it was all about him. I was allowed to go to TAFE so I got a certificate. He needed to be number one and having a uni degree would make me, in his eyes, better than him. So he went to uni and I went to TAFE. When he left one of my first thoughts was, I am going to uni. I don’t know how but I’m going.
I really think in the long term it will benefit me personally because I will be a better individual, because I will be a person who is following her dreams.
I was working in a dead-end job. I could go up a little but it wasn’t for me. I knew I could go to uni and get something better, I didn’t want to be stuck in a dead-end job with two little kids and be single mum as well. I really wanted to better myself.
I love this quote about what motivates ‘Claire‘ to study:
It teaches my kids to follow their dreams. It teaches my kids that whatever the time is in their lives they can make choices about what they want to do. They don’t have to be held back by other people’s boundaries and rules around what they think they are capable of.
A little bit of homework for you
(I know, I know, as if you need anything else to do but work with me on this one. It’s actually good fun!)
List 3 things that motivate you to study
List 3 ways your life will be different when you have completed your studies
That’s it! Stayed tuned for the next part but in the meantime…enjoy thinking about, and imagining, life when you finish and really pin-pointing what it is that will keep you motivated to get there!