• Constructive Suggestions for Motivation

    It is your responsibility to make high school a growing experience for yourself. The following suggestions and resources may be helpful to developing a consistent system for motivating yourself. When you come across issues that you find you might be slow to address or overwhelmed with, it is necessary to have a strategy for motivating yourself to face them and move forward in a positive way.

    Attack the problem of goal setting directly

    Gather information about your interests, abilities, values, and needs. The following may be useful in this process:

    • Tests
    • Counseling
    • Self-evaluation
    Gather information about occupations:
    • The College and Career Counselor has files of this type of information.
    • Talk to your guidance counselor.
    • Get first-hand information from people working in this field.
    Gather information about training requirements and training programs:
    • Using the College and Career Counselor.
    • Using college and other catalogs.
    • Get first-hand information from teachers or those in the field.
    On the basis of the information you find, start making decisions that lead you in directions you want to go.
    Attack personal problems directly

    Using the services of Somerville High School Guidance Department:

    • Individual counseling or therapy
    • Self-help materials
    • Group counseling or therapy
    • Your guidance counselor
    Attack the problem yourself:
    • Self-evaluation.
    • Direct interaction of others involved in the problem.
    • Accept responsibilities for initiating changes you want to make




    Motivation Checklist

    The following checklist may prove helpful in getting at the sources of poor motivation. If you want to improve your motivation, you may want to choose a self-directed improvement program or use the information as a focus for counseling.

    1. Preferring something other than attending this high school:

    ____Would prefer not to go to high school.

    ____Would rather attend another school.

    ____Would prefer a different kind of training.

    2. High School as means to an end other than learning:

    ____To find a friend

    ____To have a good time

    ____To get away from home

    ____To prove self-worth

    3. Distracting personal problems:

    ____Conflict with same sex

    ____Conflict with opposite sex

    ____Conflict with parents

    ____Lack of confidence

    ____Undefined resistance to college

    ____Angry at the world

    ____Overuse of drugs or alcohol

    ____Fear of evaluation

    ____Difficulty in making decisions

    ____Lack of financial resources

    ____Phobias and other anxieties



    4. Lack of interest:

    ____Undefined vocational goals

    ____Undefined educational goals

    ____Course material is not what I think is important

    ____Interest in school is not the "in" thing among my friends.

    5. Continuing self-defeating behavior patterns:

    ____Excessive dependence on parents or others

    ____Fear as a motivator

    ____Parents as motivators

    ____Grades or academic achievement as motivator

    ____High school habits





    *Adapted from the Cook Counselor Center at Virginia Tech University