Keep Moving Forward

Though life after college is serious, it doesn’t have to be all work and no play! As you come into the homestretch of this semester, take the edge off with the fun word search below.

By Ari Fernandez Bonetto

Keep Moving Forward
1. Goals
It should be no surprise that goals motivate us and inspire us. The most powerful goals are self-directed goals. Self-directed internal goals. They include understanding your priorities and purpose in life, knowing what you believe to be most important and using those goals as a daily guide for how you will choose to live your life.
2. New
Choosing to learn something new every day will give you a reason to grown and change. This could be something as simple as driving to work via a different route or signing up for guitar lessons.
3. Challenge
Challenges are frequently seen as some sort of contest like the final four during March Madness.  Challenges draw out the best in us. A simple challenge might be to decide to go to bed fifteen minutes earlier for thirty days to see if it improved your daily productivity.
4. Truth
Truth does not waver. Something either is true or it is not. Truth provides a firm foundation to stand on.  Truth strengthens, encourages, and will guide you correctly.
5. Determination
You’ve met them. Those rare individuals who are determined to continue regardless of how difficult the circumstances. Determination literally means you are willing to put a “stake” in the ground. It is not a casual choice.  There are very few things humans will determine to mark as permanent placeholders for their beliefs.
6. Laughter
Laughter heals the soul. Why is it that children laugh hundreds of times a day and adults laugh only _____ times. Laughter occurs when something unexpected happens that causes your brain to emit a signal to your lungs to expel short burst of air causing you to make audible noises that are a signal of joy all across the world.
7. Perseverance
Perseverance reminds me of a road or a bridge – a specific course or path we all walk down.  When you feel hopeless and lost, that is when perseverance counts the most. Perseverance is consciously choosing to stay on your path even in the midst of incredible difficulties.
8. Freedom
Having a sense of control or autonomy over your time and your actions is a powerful motivator. Freedom liberates you to dream and imagine and create. Freedom of stress is one of the most sought after psychological goals.
9. Tenacity
Tenacity is a word originating with the meaning of adhesiveness. There are frequent times you will find you need to “stick together”. Tenacity never gives up.  It never lets go. Willpower lives in the core of your being.  Willpower moves you, motivates you and causes you to take action for good or for bad. This inner drive is the control center for many of the decisions you will choose to make moment to moment.
10. Faithful
Faithfulness is a rare quality in today’s world. It is choosing to remain reliable, trusted and constant. It carries a sense of attachment and devotion to people, causes, organizations and beliefs. Faithfulness is a foundational motivator.
11. Endurance
This word literally means to have the ability to endure suffering over long periods of time. Grit is stone broken down, but it is still stone. It speaks to the indomitable toughness it can take to push through life’s most difficult trials. Endurance when accepted can build character, patience, wisdom, empathy and compassion.
12. Novel
Novelty is also one of the most unexpected motivators. When you experience something for the very first time or you see something you have never seen before you may find yourself swept away with emotion.  The birth of a child. An unexpected gift. A surprise ending to a difficult moment in life.
13. Tragedy
Life is full of heartache and indescribable pain. War, illness, death, divorce, financial problems, and injustice. Tragedy regardless of the pain is full of opportunities to learn and grow and find renewal and hope. Tragedy shows you are never alone.
14. Learning
Any gap in understanding will motivate you to want to fill that knowledge gap. If you want to know more about leadership – read books by great leaders. To learn how to train a dog – hire a dog trainer and take lessons. The incremental acquirement of new knowledge becomes a self-motivating driver.
15. Anticipation
The act of looking forward to something important happening in your life. When you are just given a glimpse of a future success or opportunity the anticipation releases an incredibly powerful chemical called dopamine into your system. Everything you have ever wanted in your life you were first motivated to strive for attaining it because you anticipated the feeling of importance it would mean to you.  Dopamine is the brain chemical of anticipation.
16. Courage
Lt. Col. (retired) Dave Grossman shared a single quote of where the bravery of being an Army Ranger came from for him. He said, “Courage is just being willing to take one more step.” Sometimes the only motivation you need is to take just one more step.
17. Hope
When used as a noun hope only a feeling, but when used as a verb hope becomes the focal point of your motivation. Sometimes in life all you have is hope. And, in those moments hope will be more than enough.
18. Time
Time is not merely a framework for how the minutes, hours and days pass by – each day is like having a blank canvas sitting in an art room filled with unlimited options.  Improving your motivation through improving your time management will require you to reduce the number of choices you have to let into your life. You will find simplicity and peace in narrowing your focus and increasing your energy and attention only on accomplishing the tasks that bring motivation and meaning in your life.
19. Love
The foundation of life is love. There is no way to create a life of meaning without love. There is no motivation, no reason to move or change or engage in life without love. The foundation of motivation is love.
20. Brain
The prefrontal cortex is the thinking part of the brain. This is where life happens! In this space just behind your forehead, ideas are created, thoughts are pondered, imagination grows (or dies), judgments are made. This part of the brain is highly specialized in humans; this is where you define meaning, plan for the future, and imagine. Your values, priorities, purpose, goals, drive, learning, love, and hope all live here.  Motivation is a decision.
21. Attention
You experience the depths of motivation when your attention focused so intently on completing a task or a project or a hobby that challenges you to such a point that time stands still. When you are in that moment – swept away from stress and worry – concentrating with full attention – you don’t need motivation – you are experiencing motivation. At that moment you are motivated. You are in the process of taking action. And, in those amazing moments you realize the life-changing power of motivation. You understand the difference between existing and thriving. And, in that moment – life oozes out of you. And, motivation is contagious.
22. Time Management
Your personal time management skills affect the levels of motivation you experience in life. Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter is a sports psychology expert and coach to Olympic athletes, as well as being a world-class athlete in her own right. She says, “It starts with a dream; motivation comes from within. It has to be an inner desire, an inner fire, a willingness to achieve something you are passionate about.”
Far too many people only focus on the hard parts of life that motivation can guide us through. By improving your time management you can create daily blocks of time to focus your time and attention on the part’s of life that motivate you. 
Ari Fernandez Bonetto, MBA is the Assistant Director for CofC’s Office of Admissions where he also serves as the Hispanic Recruitment Coordinator. 

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