So What?

Long term goals can be difficult to accomplish when steady consistent effort is needed over a large span of time to successfully achieve what you set out to do.

So, how strong is YOUR “So what?” Do you know why you are here and why the work and effort to accomplish _______ is worth it? No matter what?

The Daily Grind

I was working with a student recently who was struggling with this very thing. She knows what she wants to do with her life and why school is important, but the daily grind of homework, long study hours, and loneliness is taking its toll.

Her “So what?” needed some work.

Tapping into Motivation

A great coaching tool to get back to that big picture perspective on why something matters is called, Motivation For The Sake Of Yourself and Others.

How it works:

  1. Choose a Desired Outcome – this can be short term or long term. If you are really struggling with motivation, short term may be the most beneficial. You will need a series of small wins in fairly rapid succession to push past the stuck space you are in and gain the momentum necessary to keep moving forward.
  2. Work through the chart below.
  3. Consider what section is most motivating to you.
  4. Think about your learning style and create a tangible reminder for yourself of what motivation looks like, feels like, sounds like, etc.
  5. Regularly remind yourself why success matters and keep your, “So what?” clearly in view.


If you have any questions on how to use the tool or would like to schedule a free coaching consultation, you can access my calendar here.

Thanks for checking out my article! I am an ICF certified Academic Life Coach and train youth advocates in the Academic Life Coaching 1.0 coach training program. I’m also an adoptive mom, youth advocate, and licensed as a therapeutic foster parent. For more information about this program for the student in your life or on how to train as a coach, please email me here.