Tag Archives: Motivation

Motivational Monday: Notes on the Blackboard

Written by HeatherHave you been up to the Student Life department lately? The contributors of The Leadership Office spend a lot of time on the third floor of the UC, and one of my personal favourite things about the department is the blackboard that sits behind the front desk. This board is always decorated with an inspirational quote, and I’d like to share this past week’s quote with you for Motivational Monday.

I recent quote on the student life blackboard, 'The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling..." -Fabienne Fredrickson

A recent quote on the student life blackboard, ‘The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling…” -Fabienne Fredrickson

So there you have it. Thank you to the wonderful people in the Student Life department who help students like myself discover and cultivate their passions!


Motivational Monday: Just Do it!

Written by Heather

Hello there!

Here are a few wise words to help to motivate those Gryphons moving into their last week of exams in the Fall 2014 semester! You’re almost there folks, keep up the hard work!

"The most effective way to do it is to do it." - Amelia Earhart (Source: Pinterest)

“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart (Source: Pinterest)



‘Hip Hip Hooray!’ Source: Pinterest

Written by HeatherThis is it, we’ve made it! By the end of the day, the Winter 2014 exam period will be finished. Congratulations Gryphons, you’ve done it! We don’t think that today requires anything more motivational than that, because you have all been working hard all semester long, and now we think you deserve a break!

Don’t you fret though; we’re not taking a break here at The Leadership Office! Be sure to keep checking the blog for posts throughout the summer.

Once again, great work Gryphons, here’s a big hip hip hooray to you!

Motivational Monday: Let’s Celebrate!

Written by HeatherThis past week, two contributors to The Leadership Office blog celebrated their birthdays, and the team had a blast celebrating together at this year’s Peer Helper Banquet. Coincidentally, the Peer Helper Program was also celebrating a birthday: 30 years of supporting students across campus! It was a day full of cupcakes, photo booths and good friends. These birthday celebrations inspired this week’s motivational mantra:

'Don't save things for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion' - Thomas S. Monson Source: Pinterest

‘Don’t save things for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion’ – Thomas S. Monson Source: Pinterest

Most of us only have a few days a year that we set aside to celebrate. This week though, let’s all try to find something to celebrate every day, no special occasion required! It doesn’t have to be anything big, but if we choose one thing every day to make into something worth celebrating, our lives could be so much more full of excitement and happiness. Need some ideas of things to get you cheering? I’ve got you covered!

Things to celebrate:

-Random acts of kindness

-Great friends

-A good grade


-Sunny days

-Our new banner

-Snow finally melting

-Achieving a goal

-Setting a goal

-A good movie/book


Let us know what you’re celebrating today!

Motivational Monday: Blossom and/or Bloom

Written by Hailey

We are all unique individuals. We come from different histories, exhibit different talents, have different flaws, and are involved in different experiences. Instead of incessantly comparing ourselves to others (which we all fall victim to at one time or another), it is important that we step back, take a moment, and are thankful for who we are, how we got here, and what we have been graced with. Recognizing and accepting both our strengths and our weaknesses can help us to blossom into the unique individuals we are meant to be. With that being said, it is important that we bloom where we are planted.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Blossom into you —wonderful and unique you! Bloom: flourish; become radiant and glowing. Blossom: mature or develop in a promising or healthy way. They both sound like lovely ideas to me!

Love the motivational quotes we post on our blog? Check out our Pinterest page, which includes a whole bunch more:

Happy Monday (and St. Patrick’s Day!) gryphons,

Whiteboard Wednesday: The Spark

When I was in high school I had the opportunity to listen to Craig Kielburger speak about the creation of Free the Children and the organization’s current work. Attending his presentation was definitely invigorating and inspiring, and although he spoke for over 3 hours there was one moment that has stuck with me since that day. Craig spoke about the concept of a “spark”- the moment when you discover your passion and how you can use your talent to have a positive impact.

Motivation can stem from millions of different sources. A few weeks back Hailey explored internal motivation and the drive that we find in ourselves to achieve our goals. I believe that there is definitely a component of motivation that needs to be internal. You need that desire to dig deep and find the energy to get to your goals; but often times the majority of my motivation comes from external factors.

I am inspired by...other people

In the summer of 2012, I spent some time working in Bangladesh. On my way to work I walked by individuals begging by the side of the road walking on their hands because of the damage that leprosy had caused to their legs. It was one of those events that the first time I saw it I was shocked and appalled that I have no ability to help them. Then after a few weeks the feeling of anger and guilt subsides and it became part of the usual walk to work- not that seeing it more often makes it any more acceptable. Now that I’m back in Canada it is this memory that keeps me going. On days where I really don’t want to study or do my homework I think back to how helpless I felt and how fortunate I am and it reenergizes me.  I think about the prospect of potentially being able to write a different story for a child who was destined to end up begging by the side of the road. It’s not that I think I can save the world but the prospect of having a positive impact on one person’s life is enough to get me back to my textbooks and get my readings done! (#firstworldproblems)

During our Whiteboard Wednesday project we asked a few people what motivated them and I was surprised by the amount of individuals who stated that they were motivated by the actions of others. Although most of us can identify who motivates us but you never know who YOU are motivating. 

I am motived by knowing that I am making a difference for someone

It is certainly something to keep in mind on those days where you don’t feel like doing anything but staying in bed and watching movies (which is perfect acceptable on those days you just need to take care of yourself!) As the semester moves well into its final weeks, we, as students and leaders, have projects, papers, exams, events, elections and more to keep working on.  To keep at it, we need to be motivated.  Whether it’s an internal motivation, or the external motivation that our Whiteboard Wednesday folks shared with us – it’s good to know what keeps you going. So,  what motivates you to get through your to-do list?  How do you keep at it when things get stressful?

You say motivation dones't last neither does bathing, that's why we do it daily!

Source: Pinterest

Whiteboard Wednesday: Facing Fear

Written by HeatherHeading out for our Whiteboard Wednesday photo events is one of my favourite parts of contributing to this blog, not only because I love to have a chance to chat with folks from all over campus, but because of the amazing answers to our questions that some of you come up with. After the photos are taken, when we’re mapping out which posts will be written and by whom, we often look for overarching themes in the answers that we’ve been given in order to show what many of you are thinking about. But sometimes we find a single photo with an answer that really hits us, and so we feel the need to write a post about just that one image. That’s what happened this week, and here’s the photo that inspired this post:

'I am motivated by... Fear'

‘I am motivated by… Fear’

Fear is an interesting thing. It has the ability to completely shut a person down and stop them in their tracks. But it can also be used as a motivator, as these two pointed out.

Everyone is afraid of something. Actually, most of us have more than one something that has the ability to make us feel anxious. Fear is normal; an evolved response in our primitive lizard brains that’s supposed to keep us safe. Being in a scary situation brings out our old fight-or-flight response, most commonly the half that makes us want to run away. The first thing we want to do is rush back to our comfort zone, because nothing is more uncomfortable than being afraid.

We tend to view fear as a weakness. We focus so much on the fact that being afraid can hold people back, that we often forget about the ways that it can move them forward.

'Sometimes what you're most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.' Source: Pinterest

‘Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.’ Source: Pinterest

It takes a shift in mentality to be able to use fear as a motivator. You have to acknowledge that you are afraid (which in itself can be a little bit scary), and then you must step back out of the place where you feel comfortable to face your fear head on. When you let yourself see fear as a source of motivation, you give yourself a challenge, something to beat. For those of us who have a competitive spirit, it’s situations like this that can allow us to thrive, because we get to compete against ourselves to get through what we are afraid of. Bill Cosby sums up what I’m trying to say really well with this fantastic quote:

'Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it' -Bill Cosby Source: Pinterest

‘Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it’ -Bill Cosby Source: Pinterest

People are constantly talking about the importance of taking risks in leadership and in life, but it is often overlooked that more often than not, real risks involve fear. The point isn’t to eliminate fear, because that’s pretty unlikely to happen. It’s important to remember that courage is about going out and trying your best even when you feel afraid.