5 Tips for Self-Motivation

“If you have work to do, don’t wait to feel like it; set to work and you will feel like it.”

-Henry James

As college students, we often find ourselves procrastinating homework and studying, putting off workouts and diet changes until next Monday, and developing lazy habits that prevent us from completing other important tasks. Short-term and long-term goals are essential for staying on track and encouraging productivity, but how do we go about setting, working towards, and reaching our goals? Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when striving for optimal self-motivation:

  1. Set challenging, yet realistic goals—Not only is it important to find enjoyment in your task, but it is critical to determine the motive behind your goal. Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” and use your response to drive your efforts.
  2. Optimism—Positivity is key! By focusing on the benefits of completing your goal, you will have a better outlook on the process and not allow minor setbacks to distract you.
  3. Keep busy—Get into the habit of staying in a routine, especially when you begin to feel overwhelmed with work. Busyness is a great motivator for creating a schedule that forces you steer clear of procrastination.
  4. Track your progress—If you have a long-term goal, it is a good idea to track your progress in some way. It can be difficult to see development day-by-day, but it is rewarding to see changes over a period of time. For example, if you have a fitness goal, log your workouts and diet. This will serve as a great motivational tool and will hold you accountable for your daily efforts.
  5. Understand that obstacles are a crucial part of success—Do not be afraid to make mistakes. In fact, mistakes can be some of the best learning experiences. The road to success is rarely a perfect one, so expect a few bumps along the way. Remember, failing does not make you a failure…quitting makes you a failure.

Each of these steps is independently significant in achieving self-motivation, but it is the balance of all of them together that will ultimately allow you to reach success and attain the rewarding feeling of accomplishment.

By: Melissa Falzarano


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