The Key to Motivation: What Color are You?

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The Key to Motivation: What Color are You?

by Grammar Bee

A Simple and Free Assessment to Find Out How You are Motivated as a Student

I’ve attended college for some time now and I’ve noticed that finding inspiration to do well in every class is really hard. Don’t get me wrong I strive for straight A’s every semester but it’s hard to keep a positive outlook during the semester, especially when taking over 14 units.

During my first years at city college I didn’t put in my full efforts into most assignments because I would wait until the last possible minute to complete every assignment. It wasn’t until my decision to transfer to Cal State Long Beach that I found motivation to excel in my classes. However, once I transferred, I realized I lost my motivation to do well because I no longer had a goal.

One of the problems with motivation is that it comes and goes so easily; it is fleeting. Motivation is like that perfect spot in the school library: when you’re sitting in your favorite seat on your favorite floor and everything feels comfortable. That comfort helps you concentrate so deeply that you don’t notice the time fly by until you are being kicked out three minutes before closing, but when you cannot find your favorite spot and you’re stuck on the wrong floor you simply cannot focus. Everything feels wrong and you’ll probably end up falling asleep over your notes.

With many years of experience as an unmotivated procrastinator, I have found that when I am motivated in school I create and set self-challenging goals to keep myself interested and help me achieve those goals.

That is how I am oriented; my self-gratification is what keeps me motivated to do well. As an English literature student I love the feeling of turning in an assignment—in which I have developed an abstract idea into a concise and concrete thesis—and receiving the paper back with notes from my professor telling me how well I went about writing my paper.

I believe as students—before we try to stop procrastination and before we try to find our calling—we need to find out not only what motivates us, but how we are motivated. Knowing exactly how we are motivated is one of the most valuable things we can know about ourselves. We can keep ourselves motivated not only throughout our educational careers, but also throughout our entire lives as well.

The Color Code, created by Dr. Taylor Hartman, is an assessment that divides all the possible personality types into four different colors: red, blue, white, and yellow. These colors represent aspects of our personalities that rule over our motivation. Dr. Hartman’s purpose is not to tell people who they are and why they are that way, instead he created this assessment to inform people where their motivation is stemmed from.

The assessment is very basic, however it offers more than what meets the eye. I took this assessment about a month ago or so and it taught me a little more about myself and what types of situations motivate me. By knowing what types of feelings, situations, and thought processes rule my personality, I am able to search for different modes of motivation when needed.

Here is a PDF that depicts the four personality types.
(Please note that I did not create this PDF, and would have gladly attributed it acknowledgement had I been able to find who created it).

To take the free Color Code assessment, visit the Color Code website: Hartmann’s Color Code Assessment


About Grammar Bee

Grammar Bee
Bea Villa grew up in Long Beach, California. She considers herself to be an adventurer; she loves to travel, try exotics foods, and take detours while hiking. On her down time, Bea likes to read historical-fiction novels, practice candle-making, and spend time with family and friends. Bea aspires to become an English professor; she is currently a student at California State University, Long Beach, and is working towards her undergraduate degree in English Literature.