Motivation is not an incessant feeling. Some days you will feel it, and other days you won’t. Without a plan in mind, it’s difficult to achieve anything. Most worthwhile things in life won’t just fall into our laps. Our education, our careers and the quality of our relationships all take years to build, nurture and grow. They take hard work and dedication. Unfortunately, many of us forget that achieving our goals isn’t usually easy nor quick. It takes time and perseverance. Motivation is a feeling you need to continuously work on to maintain. It will come and go, there will be ups and downs, but if you want that stellar degree, dream job or incredible partner, you must maintain an underlying desire and drive to complete what you set out to do. So take note of the next 3 tips, and start applying them to your life. We guarantee you will get where you need to go!
“A goal without a plan is just a wish” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Set a target. And just start. Don’t overthink it or you will begin to compile a list of all the ways things may go wrong. Whether it’s achieving top GCSE results, getting into an outstanding university, or finding the job of your dreams, no matter how far off your goal is, it’s never too soon to start. One small step at a time is all you need to eventually make it. Break it down. Starting small helps to get the ball rolling. Ask your friends for advice, contact the alumni office to meet someone who may help you network, set up a meeting with an education service to make sure you stay on top of your school work. All of these suggestions may not deliver immediate results, but within a few weeks, you will begin to see concrete opportunities arise, leading you closer to your goal.
If life is 10% what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it (Charles Swindoll), then it’s helpful to keep in mind that it’s up to you to keep going. And it’s up to you to stand back up when you fall. Failing is part of the process. You will fail your way to success. Not everything will be easy. Expect to do things that are annoying and difficult along the way. Managing expectations will help you not get too down when attempts don’t work. It’s never defeat. Just another lesson learned.
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me” — Carol Burnett.
Think why you are doing it. And remember that your destiny is up to you. What drives you? What gives your life meaning? Remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing. Find ways to put up reminders around you (in your room? Bathroom mirror? Fridge?) to keep your goals and reasons for doing this fresh and clear. As the article The 5 Best Ways to Motivate Yourself puts it “A vision board is a collection of affirmations, pictures and quotes that you keep in a prominent place. You need to look at this board every day to continually remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing”. Your goals are for you and no one else.
So what is your calling? Until you take the time to figure out what you really want out of life, it will be difficult for you to maintain motivation. Not all goals take the same amount of time and effort, but the steps to achieving them follow a similar pattern. If your life goals seem too distant and overwhelming right now, start small. Think of something you would like to do in the next month, and work towards it. Once you start to train your brain to set targets and work towards them, you will begin to lay the ground for bigger future successes. Read the following 5 easy ways to boost your motivation to help you get started!
As a mentoring and tutoring service, we have met students, just like you, working towards their goals of better grades and confidence in their academic paths. We have seen them meet with their tutor, week after week, progressing one step at a time, aiming for a 1:1, wanting to get accepted to a specific university, or trying to boost their language ability. We have seen first-hand how effort and dedication pay off. We have seen how some weeks a student may feel disheartened or have low energy, and a few weeks later will tell us how well they are doing in a class, beaming with confidence and satisfaction. That is exactly why we are in this industry. Helping students achieve their dreams is what keeps us motivated. Our goal is to help students, no matter what type of setback they face, reach the amazing goals they have set for themselves.
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