We're are now halfway through the year and I believe that the best is yet to come. Motivation drives us to make things happen – but staying motivated isn’t always easy especially in this situation we are all in. Here are some suggestions to keep going on those tough days:
1. Remind yourself of your goals. Keep track of your goals and check in on your progress can help keep you motivated day in and day out. You have already begun your journey towards getting your qualifications or towards success in your work. You are already there, don't look back unless you need to see how far you have come from! You've got this!
Give yourself mini rewards and breaks. Sometimes even the most determined people get overwhelmed. You may be burning yourself out with worry and anxiety, and a much-needed break might be just what you need. If it is your studies, don't try to do all in one sitting but take the time to stretch it out over the course of the day or week, if possible. If at work and you have gained one client or worked on that data you've been collecting, celebrate it!
Don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone falls short sometimes. If you fail to meet your goals for the week, take it as a lesson. Try to complete your next target before time, so that you can use the saved time to complete the pending work. This way you stay right on schedule even if you have taken a hit. It's not always about how hard you hit, but how well you can take a hard hit and keep moving on. Don't dwell on failure; accept it as part of life's lesson and continue working toward your goals.
Watch and read motivational stories or speeches. Everyone deserves a great pep talk every once in a while. Stay elevated by watching YouTube videos of inspirational moments so you can feel a new sense of motivation to keep striving. Here are just a few example of easily-found inspirational media:
As Denzel Washington says in his speech: "you hang around the barber shop long enough and sooner or later you're going to get a hair cut" - Perseverance : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FB9i7P9Zs4&feature=youtu.be&t=32
Remember Why you do it - Simon Sinek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJxQ2kUGJkA
The power of your decisions and choice - Tony Robbins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f0nIhDpXuU
"This little light of mine, I'm gonna make them shine". Stay bright and keep shining your light!