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A community partnership for our children

The phrase ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ is once again supported by recent research.

A review requested by the Ministry of Health says that a healthy breakfast each day may protect against weight gain and improve overall diet quality. This review also identifies that a healthy breakfast each day can lead to a greater academic performance in children.

With these benefits in mind and research estimating that 68,000 Kiwi children (8.6%) don’t eat breakfast at home each day, the KickStart Breakfast program continues as a community partnership with purpose.

KickStart Breakfast is a partnership initiative between Sanitarium, Fonterra and the New Zealand Government, providing Sanitarium Weet-Bix and Fonterra Milk in schools across the country.

More than a handout of food to children in schools from low-socioeconomic areas, Kickstart Breakfast is an enabler for wider reaching community, social and educational goals which set the stage for Kiwi children to reach their potential.

The early morning breakfast clubs are run by volunteers from the school’s extended whanau (family) to ensure success through a sense of local ownership. The breakfast club volunteers are the unsung heroes of the program, not only providing warm rooms, bowls and spoons but also facilitating a supportive, fun and encouraging environment.

Breakfast clubs provide a safe space for students to enhance social skills, take on extra responsibility (helping the community volunteers set up and pack down breakfast) and grow academically through the wider benefits of breakfast.

Schools with active Kickstart breakfast clubs have reported an improvement in the levels of student learning and concentration.

Motivation: keeping your purpose alive banner
Motivation: keeping your purpose alive banner

Motivation: keeping your purpose alive

Motivation is more than merely inspiration. Set yourself up to succeed by understanding what motivates you and how to keep motivated even in the face of challenges.
 

What’s my motivation?

When we talk about ikigai, the Japanese concept of purposeful living, passion alone doesn’t equate to purpose. If passion is the key, motivation is the engine that keeps you moving forward.

Motivation is important. Actors know this - when they’re asked to play the role of a particular character, their first step is to learn more about that character - “What’s my motivation in this scene?”. They want to understand what reasons they have for the way that character is behaving, by knowing what they value most, and what’s driving them.

As we go about our daily lives, it’s rare for us to put ourselves under the same degree of scrutiny. When we aren’t in tune with our own emotions, we often act without understanding why.

If you know what matters to you, then you also know what motivates you.
 

Staying motivated

Achieving something is not always going to be easy - no matter how passionate you are. Motivation is what keeps you pressing on towards your goal.

It’s natural for your level of motivation to change over the course of time. This can be influenced by many things - internal factors like your mood or energy levels, or external factors like relationships, or even the weather!

The beauty of motivation is that it tends to build its own positive momentum. The more motivated you are, the more motivated you become.
 

Practicing resilience

If you’ve ever watched a baby learn how to walk, you know what resilience looks like. First they crawl. Then they pull themselves up and take their first tentative steps. During those early weeks, they topple over a lot. But they get back up and they keep trying - and they get better and better as they persist.

There will be moments when you take a tumble or when things don’t go your way. When things go wrong, often the person we blame is ourselves. Ask yourself, “Would I talk to a friend with the same tone and words I’m talking to myself with right now?” Chances are, you’d be a lot more understanding and show more compassion when listening to a friend’s problem than you may extend to your own situation. Show kindness to yourself and encourage yourself to try again.
 

Reflect

Share your goals with a mentor, a close friend or a loved one, and keep them updated on your progress. Getting advice from someone with a similar experience can give new perspective and help you remain motivated even when times are tough.
 

Challenge

When you encounter a situation that decreases your motivation, it doesn’t mean you have to stop - you may just need a little extra encouragement or incentive to keep you on track during these times.
 

Here are 5 ways you can keep motivated:

  1. Write a list of your achievements to remind yourself of all you’ve accomplished. Read over it whenever you feel discouraged. Put goals on there too, so you can tick them off as you achieve them!
  2. Pay attention to what factors affect your motivation levels – by knowing yourself, you can predict when you might need a little extra encouragement to stay on track.
  3. If you get off track, don’t let yourself get caught in the trap of beating yourself up and giving up entirely. It’s okay to be disappointed, but rather than focusing on failure look at what you can learn and what you can do differently in future.
  4. Celebrate the little victories along the way – every step you take towards your goal matters. As you invest time and effort in the pursuit of your goal, these smaller successes will motivate you to continue to succeed!
  5. Think of one practical thing you can do today to move in the direction of your goal – and then do it! Even if it’s small, the most important thing is to make a start.