Motivation is about rewards (Bridget), carrots and sticks (Pink). Motivation is like your daily coffee, it gives you a boost, but will not keep you going. Passion is what is in your spirit: INSPIRATION. It is what you love and how you show that love each day. It is what makes you reach deep inside yourself to help others when your feet hurt, your voice is cracking and you are dreaming of sleep. It is who you are inside.
Motivation is needed from time to time, but passion will carry students beyond your class and lessons and create an internal flame that will burn for a lifetime. So, how do we create passion in students? I believe it starts with you. Think about the following:
- What is your vision?
- What is your purpose?
- What excites you?
- What gives you energy?
- What fulfills you?
- What are you emotionally attached to?
- What do you love to do so much it is not seen as work?
I would like to hear from you before I post more on this topic, so what did you answer to these questions?