Self Motivation

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 7, 2012

My four older kids are taking the STAR test in school for the very first time. Actually, most of the kids that attend their school are taking these tests for the first time, since most of them had been taught at home before this year.

It’s a big deal, taking a big test for the first time.

But, at least Julia knows how to motivate herself.

Dear Julia,

Hello, okay I know you’re very nervous, but you’re going to do great. You know how I know that? Well, two reasons: because #1 you’re good at math and language arts, and #2 I’m you.

Here’s some tricks, eat a healthy breakfast, and get 2 good nights rest. Go to bed at 9:00 or even 8:30. I know you’re going to have a little more than 30 questions, but you’re going to do great, because you’re going to spend about 5 or more minutes per question. Okay? Good. Remember: “Hard is Good.”

Sincerely,

Julia

HARD IS GOOD!

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Lucy May 8, 2012 at 6:06 am

I could do with taking a leaf out of Julias book and self motivating myself like that!
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michelle May 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

How wonderful is that??? What an awesome kid. Good job mom!!

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Heather May 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

That is the most remarkable thing I have seen in a long time. What a wonderful little lady she is.
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julie May 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I LOVE this. What a great motivator. She should be an example to others.

Hope the tests weren’t as scary as she was concerned.
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robin May 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

One of my favorite all-time quotes is “that because a thing is difficult is all the more reason to do it.” Your child is mind-melding with Rilke. I am quite literally in awe. What a wonderful kid and story. I hope she stays that way forever, and that you hold onto that note to prove to her she was always that way :)
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Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) May 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Oh my goodness I love this! ‘hard is good’. Brilliant.
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Annie @ Mama Dweeb May 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm

WOW! Ain’t nothing going to stop this girl! Seriously, she is going to conquer the world if she is able to psych herself up like this. Her letter even encouraged ME :)
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Janice May 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm

So glad I caught @mamadweeb’s tweet….. I think we could all use an inner consultation that goes external like that!
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Tonya Staab May 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Way to go Julia. Great way to give yourself a pep talk. Good luck with the STAR test, you will do such a great job, and I know that because you are determined, and motivated.
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Melanie May 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

I love that she can motivate herself with positive talk. I wish more girls had this ability!
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Debbye May 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I love this note! my daughter wrote a similar one when she was in school!! So cute!
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