In English class today, we were talking about our life mottos, sayings we live by that express our beliefs or ideals.

“No pain, no gain.”

“Life is what you make it.”

Mottos serve a lot of practical purposes in a person’s life. They can be a source of inspiration, help you keep sight of your goals, and increase your productivity, among others.


Listening to my classmates talk about their mottos prompted me to think about my own. I know what my beliefs are, I know the principles by which I live, but I don’t have a motto.

So, where does my motivation come from? What keeps me going? Does everyone need a motto to remind them of what they stand for or can some people do without?

Admittedly, I’m not entirely sure of the answers myself. I know that I keep my goals in mind at all times. When I’ve been studying for hours and my brain actually hurts from the effort, I think about my dream university and I keep going. I think about all the things I want to accomplish and it makes it easier for me to stay up all night studying material I have no interest in.

But, I have noticed it is quite easy for me to lose my motivation. Sometimes I’m so tired, so drained, that nothing can get me to work. Would having a motto, something to push me, help me then?

Do you have a life motto? Does it help you accomplish your tasks more effectively?

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