Development Highway

As children get beyond the preschool/ kindergarten stage, many of them lose the joy in learning that is the characteristic of those early years.  They may have had challenges in the classroom, or have been exposed to older children and heard some of their “school is boring” comments.  The savvy parent can help to counteract this behavior by encouraging children to develop their interests and hobbies and by finding out more about the things in which they ARE interested. One method of motivating students to learn is by using articles in magazines or newspapers.

If you get a daily newspaper, teach your child to use it.  There is no doubt that they will be motivated to learn to decipher the television and movie listings, but what else do you take for granted?  All local newspapers have “Around Town” sections – draw your child’s attention to articles of importance to him.  If he is a railroad buff, let him read about the model train show coming up next week.  If he’s interested in space, read to him about the latest from the Hubble telescope.  

Magazine articles are another good motivation tool.  You can find whole magazines dedicated to your child’s hobby, whether it’s rock collecting or dance.  If your child loves dinosaurs, reading about a little boy just like him who grew up to be a paleontologist can be very rewarding.  Someone who loves animals will be motivated to learn all they can after reading about veterinarians.

One thing that motivates almost everyone is money.  If your child is fascinated by reading about the lives of people whose salaries make them able to travel, drive expensive cars and live in luxury, perhaps he will be motivated to get a great education and get rich himself.  Even People Magazine can be useful in motivating students to learn!

You will undoubtedly have dreams. Whether you dream of having the perfect house with the perfect car, or you dream of settling down to have a family, even if you dream of retiring by the time you're 40, the one key to success is doing something about it. It may sound obvious but if you dream of retiring before you reach 40 and yet you aimlessly skip from job to job with no hope of progressing a career, it is very unlikely you will achieve your goal.

Set goals and ambitions and write them down on a piece of paper. Make sure that you are always striving to reach those goals. Sometimes it can be difficult to get the motivation you require in order to succeed at your goals but you can use the goals themselves as the motivation you require. Keep your piece of paper on you and if you are beginning to feel downbeat or skeptical about your goals then look at your piece of paper and remember why you are

We Need Dreams

Dreams are important. Not the dreams you have when sleeping. I'm talking about the dreams you have for your future -- the dreams that keep you going -- the dreams that make each day worth living.

Dreams Aren't Enough

As important as dreams are, they aren't enough. Why? Dreams don't take you where you want to go. A dream needs wings -- to become a tangible vision -- a passion that will take you where you REALLY want to be.

Bethany Hamilton lives in Hawaii -- her passion is surfing -- her dream is to

In the epic classic book and movie, Ben-Hur, the main character, Judah Ben-Hur, through an accident and tragic misunderstanding is arrested and sold to work in the mines by the Roman authorities. Despite going from the son of a wealthy family to slave, Ben-Hur refused to fall into despair. He exercised and built his strength up. When he was ready he inched his way up the mineshaft and made it to the top. Unfortunately, he was easily captured because he was blinded by the sunlight after spending so much time in the dark mine shaft.

His captors were so impressed with his strength that they sold him to the Roman navy as a rower for their warships. Again Ben-Hur refused to give up. He used his great strength to become the best rower on the boat. Eventually, he was given the special privilege of not being chained to the boat.

Later in a great naval battle, his boat was rammed and sunk. Because Ben-Hur was not chained, he was the only slave to escape. He was able to save the admiral who had given permission to have him unchained. The admiral was so grateful; he took him to Rome and adopted him as his son. Later when the admiral died, Ben-Hur inherited his great wealth. He eventually made his way back to Jerusalem and was reunited with his mother and sister.

We all have a lack of self motivation at times. We can learn a hundred ways to improve our lives, but then hesitate to act. Something less important catches our attention, or we just don't feel like doing what we need to do. Even a person who is normally highly motivated can sometimes have a hard time getting started on an important task.

Is there a solution? There are probably dozens of them. Below are six of the best self motivation techniques that consistently work when used. Try them all, but if you find even one or two here that work for you, you'll be on your way.

Self Motivation Techniques That Work

1. Talk to get motivated. One of my favorite ways to create energy and motivation is to talk. Once I tell my wife about the article I'm going to write, I'm out of my slump and back at the keyboard. For less inspiring tasks, talk about the larger goals it will help you achieve.

2. Stimulate your desire. Seeing their potential future motivates many to sign up for get-rich-quick plans. The really good salesmen can put you in your