So I don't know about your motivation, but
mine is fleeting.
Like really fast. It runs away the second it
smells the nursing school
bear of stress, right?
It's like, nope, I'm out.
And that is why I also spent so much time
talking about habits and planning earlier and
prioritizing before because those are what
are going to
support actual motivation.
It's the habits.
Habits are what are going to keep you
showing up every single day to face the
nursing school bear because it's not going
to be motivation.
But motivation does help you, kind of, push
yourself out the door in the morning.
So I thought I would finish off with a
little bit of advice of how I keep my
motivation when it's really faltering.
And in case you can't tell, it faltered a
lot, by the way, and that's normal.
You are not alone there.
I need you to remember your why.
So I'm willing to bet that at one point you
were super thrilled to get accepted into
nursing school, right?
I was. I was so excited about my future in
the career, and I felt so incredibly hopeful
and happy when I got that acceptance letter.
And then half a year later, sitting in my
patho class close to tears,
I felt a lot differently.
Right? That motivation was completely gone.
The bear was in front of me, and I was
scared, and I had no motivation to do the
work, to face it and fight it off.
And it was one night that I was crying.
I'm sure you're shocked at this point and
thinking, what was I even thinking, doing
this, right? This is really hard.
I want to stop.
That, like, Facebook was still cool when I
was in nursing school, and it gave me a
memory the other day when I was in a nursing
And I was sitting there, and it reminded me
I was so happy in that picture.
Right? I was beaming in that photo.
Not in real life in that moment.
I was not beaming in real life.
But I remembered, in that moment, like, why
I did this, right?
And to be totally honest, the answer wasn't
"I'm going to change the world!" It was
because I was interested in healthcare
That's why I got into this.
It interested me.
I wanted to learn more, and I didn't want to
be a waitress forever.
I wanted to be a nurse because it seemed
interesting and full of potential.
And then I also had to pay off my student
loans that were paying for nursing school, so
we needed a job.
Those are not romantic reasons, and that's
okay, but they are the reasons that
reminded me why I was there and that at some
point this seemed
like a good idea. This nursing school thing,
I was like, "Yeah, this is great." And that
one day in the future, going to nursing
school may once again seem like a good
idea. I printed that picture and I put it up
on my desk and when I felt like
life was just too hard, I looked at it.
And then I progressed through school slowly,
and I got more moments to keep me
going. A card from a patient that I took
care of at clinical.
A compliment from a teacher.
A picture of the kids and I at a summer camp
that I ran for children
I had a drawer full of things by the end, of
things that kept me going for the
days where I was exhausted and it was enough
to keep you going through the
next day. So make a drawer, print that
picture, print out your
I seriously did. I needed to pay them back,
so I really just needed to pass nursing
theory. It got me through.
It doesn't matter what your motivation is,
it just matters that it means something to
you. And that's going to help connect you to
that, probably, super excited human that you
once were when you found out you were
accepted to the very thing that is
overwhelming your life right now.
Your acceptance was not a mistake.
You being here is not because there was a
You being here is because you deserve it.
You are enough.
You are not alone, and you are doing the
Now let's talk about how you are actually
going to pass that stinking nursing theory
class. Shall we?
See you in the next one.