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The Struggle: Missing Motivation

​Have you sat there, leaned back on your desk chair just counting away at the bumps on your ceiling? Why are you doing that? You have things that you need to finish. Believe me, this is a question I have asked myself way too many times. I remember back in my junior high school, around the sixth grade, I was introduced to the six teachers and six classes schedule. That was rough. Compared to the one on one environment of the elementary school, it was a long battle to keep up with a quicker agenda. I hated every second of it. It was so easy for me to fall behind, and that’s what happened. It still happens to me today. I am a Junior in high school and I still struggle to finish assignments on time. Why is this such an issue? 

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An article that I found on said that “You stop and start again. You say you want to be successful, but your behavior doesn’t line up with your words and thoughts.” We can say whatever we want, but in the end words are just words. What defines someone is their actions.

A lot can be said about your determination to succeed. When I see someone in my class falling behind, I notice that they are uneasy about it. But if all you do is complain then you will get nowhere. I have learned that if I want to do my three missing assignments, then I might have to do them until two in the morning if I really want to see results. 

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That same article from earlier also said, “It’s not worth it to go through the motions. Pursue awesome” Moping around on a Saturday afternoon, snacking on pretzels, listening to Frank Sinatra on repeat can’t move your life forward (Another true story). Treat success like no one believes it to be real. Treat that extra load of homework that you got today like someone’s life depends on it. Find someone who needs your support and offer to help them. Volunteer, virtually make a connection, research specific challenges in your community. There are many ways we can find motivation and value. My advice is to sit up straight, and count the tasks you have left to do. Do one, and the number got smaller. You can do this!

Hi, my name is Brett Budnik! I am 16 years old and I am part of YVC of Alpena! Alpena is a small town north of the lower peninsula of Michigan. We have cold and snowy winters and hot and humid summers. I am in the 11th grade and I have been volunteering with YVC ever since the 6th grade. It has been such a great experience and I am so thankful to be able to be on IYAB again this year. I enjoy bike riding, swimming, and running with my dog. I look forward to being able to meet many new people and being able to get many new ideas!


Sited: Dan Waldschmidt. “The Hard Truth About Why You Can’t Stay Motivated. .” Dan Waldschmidt, 12 Dec. 2018,