Celebrated each year on January 2nd, this day was created by Kevin McCrudden after the tragic events of 9/11 as a reminder to always work on becoming our better selves. With the help of congressman Felix Grucci, it was brought before Congress and made into a National Holiday on December 18, 2001.
Per Kevin “On National Motivation & Inspiration Day, I ask people—in particular, young adults—to take the time to write down their goals for that year, so that each year builds upon the previous ones and they can keep a record of their achievements. This day is about creating new behaviors that will last a lifetime and helping them achieve their goals.”
What are Motivation and Inspiration?
Motivation is, in a nutshell, what causes you to act. For instance, if you are hungry you are motivated to eat, if you are tired, you are motivated to take a nap, and if you want to learn to paint you take and art class. Inspiration is that which makes you want to do something. For instance, if you see a beautiful painting it makes you want to learn to paint. Therefore, the beautiful painting that you see inspires you to learn to paint. That inspiration motivates you to sign up for the painting class.
Motivation and inspiration are very important to your well-being and sense of self. Take time every day to ensure you are taking care of yourself mentally, and giving yourself the mental pat on the back you need to keep yourself moving forward with your goals.
Take a good, honest look at yourself and write down your strengths, then write down what other people see at your strengths. Write down your goals in small, achievable steps and keep moving forward with those small steps until you have reached your ultimate goals.