August 12, 2008
Motivational Olympic Games
I think it is impossible to watch the Olympic Games and not feel motivated. I always feel stirred by watching the events. It’s very different from watching a professional baseball, football or basketball game. I find it difficult to relate to a professional multimillionaire sports star. I find it much easier to relate to an amateur althelte competing on behalf of their country.
I watch professional sports for entertainment. I watch the Olympic Games for motivation – for hope.
There are enough different events that something will resonate with you. I enjoy the fluidity of gymnastics, the mano a mano of boxing, and the splash of swimming. ( I was a high school water polo player.)
The best athletes in the world are competing. They worked their butts off to qualify. They are bursting with pride to represent their country. Only one gets the gold in each event yet all who compete are winners. (That’s am important motivational lesson in itself.)
The Olympic Games takes place once every four years. If you want motivation – watch the Olympic Games – not all of it – that would simply make you a couch potato. Instead focus on the sports that interest you. Observe the efforts, skills and sportmanship of the contestants. Admire the best that you see in people. Ignore the scandals, politics and misunderstandings.
Consider the motivation required by each Olympic Athelete. Then re-examine the motivational challenges in your life to get you to the next step.
Remember – “Swifter, higher, stronger”
Go for the Gold.
Motivational Business Speaker
Canadian Motivational Speaker
August 7, 2008
Motivating students to learn
Teaching students can be both rewarding and frustrating. Tapping into their motivations is key to the learning process because it’s not what you teach that counts – it’s what they learn.
How do you motivate students?
Here’s a comprehensive article that offers 101 ideas for motivating students.
100+ Motivational Techniques to Take Learning to the Next Level
By Christina Laun
Read the full article here.
A few excerpts that resonated with me:
Make sure students know what to expect. When students know exactly what is expected of them, it makes it easier for them to meet those goals and they may be more motivated to do so.
Don’t over teach. Just because you know a lot about a certain subject doesn’t mean that you should share all the information with your students. Telling them too much can overwhem and confuse them. Let students come to you if they are interested in learning more.
Tell a story. Many students respond better to narratives rather than facts that have been linked together. The human interest or story behind the events makes things more interesting and encourages students to pay attention to topics they might otherwise want to disregard.
Create an environment where students want to learn. If students feel intimidated or uncomfortable in the learning environment in your room, they are much less likely to participate, take chances or go out of their way to learn anything. Make every attempt to create a classroom where students feel they can learn.