You all have your set of values and aspirations that are important to you, whether you realise it or not. These values may be specific career goals or a more general ethos by which you wish to live your life. For some people, the family and friends they surround themselves with are vital to building their identity. Other people may find their motivation by continually setting themselves physical or mental challenges.
However, understanding what you want from life can be difficult. One way of finding out more about yourself is to determine your life motto, which can then help you shape your future in a more proactive way.
What is a motto?
A motto is a brief sentence or specific phrase that captures the beliefs, ideology and objectives of a group of people or an individual. A motto does not have to be a fixed concept instead, it can be more of an idea or general outlook that you wish to adopt.
Some well-known mottos include those of John F. Kennedy –
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
and Eleanor Roosevelt –
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
These mottos, for your values and aspirations, are all about challenging yourself to do things that may seem achievable or which defy expectations. They also push you to try and question the world around you and urge you to reject the status quo if this does not seem to match your values. Using mottos can be a useful way of thinking, as all too often, you may shy away from making changes since this can mean going against convention.
How to discover your motto for your values and aspirations?
Discovering your motto may not necessarily be straightforward, but there are useful ways of coming up with doing it. A good place to start is to jot down any key phrases or words that mean something to you in either the form of a list or mind map. If you are struggling to come up with ideas, you could also ask friends and family what they feel is important to you. Remember that you do not have to have a specific sentence. Instead, your motto can be just one word, such as belief, adventure or determination.
Once you have your motto, all you need to do is live by it. If your motto does involve pushing yourself to try new things, consider signing up for one of Oxbridge’s distance learning courses. Carpe diem!