Motivational Mondays #7

Posted: November 24, 2014 by Chynnie in Motivational Mondays
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My post today is different from my usual Motivational Mondays where i usually dish out quotes from great architects/people to help motivate you for the week, that’s in case you are low in spirit and do need some form of motivation. Today i am giving you a post from Bob Borson’s Life of an Architect, Motivation – and why it’s important. I read it and i loved it, and it really did motivate me, so i decided to post it here on my blog to motivate you too. Read and get motivated.

It’s Sunday morning, it’s raining outside, I’m really tired, and the consensus around the house is to lay about, read books and watch television.

But not me … I have things that “have” to be done … or do I? Do these things really have to get done?

My motivation is low … I want to lay about and do nothing. As I dragged myself out of bed and pulled out my laptop, I mentally started going down my “to-do” list and after a while, I just stopped. There’s too much to do and it seems that the more I have to do, the less likely I am to want to do “it”. That is what got me thinking about the subject of today’s post – Motivation.

Do you have it? If you don’t, how do you get it? Is your motivation triggered by a sense of obligation, some sort of personal code of ethics? What about the stuff you don’t have to do but things you think you should do? Should I:

Work on my charity playhouse design?
Work on the missing design pieces for my new office?
Start laying out my new kitchen drawings?
Prepare some material for the three events AIA events I am hosting?
Write a Life of an Architect post?

All of these activities are creative endeavors and technically speaking, I don’t have to do any of them. I can ignore every single one of them and settle down into a comfortable chair and do nothing ~ but ….

What is it that gets some people up and moving when they don’t have to get up at all? Motivation is the ingredient that defines the difference between desire and will in the process of setting and attaining goals … “Motivation” initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors.

Do you have goal-oriented behaviors? I’d like to think I do, it’s what (on most days) convinces me to push through the malaise and get something done. I am frequently asked to tell the story behind how this blog got started and why I continue to write. This is post number 600 that I’ve written in the last 4 years. I look back and wonder “How did I do that? … 600 blog posts?!?” I would venture a guess that 400 of those post were hard for me to write … I would bet that there was something else that I’d rather be doing.

Motivation is the thing that drives you to achieve success, to reach your goal, to better yourself. Anything that’s worth doing is hard and there will be times when you really don’t want to make the necessary sacrifices. I can tell you that regardless of your own goals, it’s going to require you to actually do something, so in that spirit, I leave you with something to think about:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.

Mark Twain

Make something happen today.

I am sure you are already motivated to do all those things you have always wanted to. Everything on your growing to do list that seems never ending. Motivation really, is the thing that drives you to achieve success, to reach your goal, to better yourself.

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  1. Beth says:

    Motivational Monday

    You can read the original post directly on

    A post is best if it causes the reader to think, to learn a lesson or to conjure memories. For me several thoughts developed from this post…stream-of-consciousness style.

    First the idea of being an architect, a builder, morphed itself into the concept of edification or edify—to use both noun and verb forms. The architect’s motivational article also edified, built a positive concept and drew our attention to detail. More on that later.

    Then the title itself, “Motivational Monday,” made me wonder if the author believed that Monday were the first day of the week. Initially I thought he would tell us what to do on a Sunday or how to use our Sundays productively, and I had a plethora of thoughts along those lines. Medical personnel tell us that taking a deliberate rest to rejuvenate our minds and bodies is an absolute necessity. After all God rested on the 7th day from all His labors and Jews have observed a Sabbath throughout their generations. The body and the mind both need refurbishing, regeneration and rejuvenation.

    Another trail of the mind led into the derivation of words being used. The 21st Century word motivate is defined as an inducement, reason, purposefulness, or goal. Other synonyms could be:
    1. incentive, inspiration, motive, stimulus, reason, spur, impulse, persuasion, inducement, incitement, instigation, carrot and stick Money is my motivation.
    2. inspiration, drive, desire, ambition, hunger, interest The team may be lacking motivation for next week’s game.

    Quotes from that same thesaurus are listed below:
    1. Good intentions … like very mellow and choice fruit, they are difficult to keep —G. Simmons
    2. (I simply) ran out of motives, as a car runs out of gas —John Barth
    3. The true motives of our actions, like the real pipes of an organ, are usually concealed —Charles Caleb Colton

    An architect draws, designs and builds buildings or edifices—some larger than others. For Christians, the Greek word edify is also one aspect of the work of the church. The Greek word #3619 oikodome, from which is translated our New Testament word “edification,” means “(the act of) building, building up — in the N.T. metaph., edifying, edification, i.e. the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness” Edification refers to the spiritual strengthening of the church, doing that which results in the body of Christ being built up. The word edify comes from the same word as edifice which has to do with a building—NT:3618 oikodomeo (oy-kod-om-eh’-o); from the same as NT:3619; to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm: It comes from 3619 – architecture.

    It is good to consider speaking in order to edify. We can speak that which is good to the use of edifying, and we can speak things that tear down (1 Thess. 5:11). We are told to speak that which edifies, which builds up. Ephesians 4:11-12—The Lord has made provision for the edifying of the church. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Part of this is speaking the truth in love that we may grow up into Him. We are to speak that which edifies, that causes us to be built up, to grow up into Christ (Eph. 5:15; Rom. 15:12; Rom. 14:19).

    Whew! My thoughts go on and on as I read other parts of this message—truly a Motivational Monday and Stream-of Consciousness too! I am motivated to do a blog article ASAP.


  2. […] Excuse me!  I really have no excuse for writing a post like this other than the fact that I was truly motivated by a reblog on THE ARCHITECT’S DIARY. […]


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