How Motivation Is A Powerful Source Of Self Esteem

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The assignment was to write about three things that we have learned in the class over the semester, yet i have learned so many things in this class. It is hard to narrow down to just three that I will be bringing away from this class with me. However, I have learned that motivation truly is a powerful source, self-esteem is an area that I always needed work in, and what it is that really drives me toward my goals in life. In the past I never really thought much about what motivated others, I just took it at face value. Knowing what motivated me was really all I needed because it kept me headed in the right direction. It was not until I was reading the chapter on motivation that I realized just because I had the motivation did not mean that everyone around me did as well. A friend of mine really wanted to be in the nursing program and when she did not get accepted it really put a damper on her spirits. The only thing that kept running through my mind was do not let her give up because of one let down. I knew she needed motivation, just did not know what that would keep her focused on her goal. Knowing that this friend was facing a lot of obstacles other than the let down of not getting accepted into the program, I tried to help her look on the bright side of things. She is a very sweet girl and I could not stand to see her hurt. In the process of talking to her she mentioned that I was the reason she wanted to be a nurse. I had inspired her to help people and make a difference. This made me feel about as giddy as a kid with a new toy. I had not realized tha I had made that type of difference to someone just by expressing my feelings about being a nurse. I was her motivation! So many times we do not stop to think what others are... ... middle of paper ... ... how much of a difference we can make with others not what they think of us. It was in that moment that I realized that the drive behind me pursuing my goals was to be able to make a difference in peoples lives, and to help them in any way possible. I can not begin to fathom the idea of someone being in need and having no one to turn to, or no one in their corner to support them and help them along their way. It was a feeling of satisfaction and calm when this friend told me that I had done these things for her. Now I will have to admit if i had not been in this class and learned the true meaning of these things I probably would not have noticed any of this in the moment. I think that I was able to help her without realizing it because of my incessant need to make people feel better. When someone is hurting or in turmoil it will nag at me until I know they are OK.
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