“Having a strong reason to act or accomplish something”. A short and sweet definition, but finding it within yourself often seems like the biggest challenge in the world. Motivation for each person is different, but I think its crucial to have that desire and drive within you to keep you going in life, no matter what it throws at you.
I feel like motivation comes and goes. There are days where I feel like I'm on top of the world and can conquer anything. But then there are days where there is nothing I want more than to lay in bed and watch Netflix. (Never too much Grey's Anatomy, am I right??) Most times, I think that motivation is brought on by mainly external factors. Getting a compliment can provide short term motivation, meaning that it makes you feel good for a short period of time, but then it goes away again. Now this is going to sound cheesy, but I think that long term motivation comes from WITHIN. One of my favourite quotes that I live by is "Be your OWN motivation." You have to be the one that fuels your own fire. You can't rely on others, that just never seems to work.
1. Be the best version of you that you can be.
-- This means that in all aspects of life, be your best. Don't compare yourself to others. Just do the best YOU can do. I used to struggle with this a lot, and still do every now and again. This happens most to me in the gym, and I feel like it is not uncommon for girls especially (men too) to compare themselves to other people... how much they can lift, what they wear and what they look like. It's important to know that you can only control what you are doing, and nothing or nobody else. It doesn't matter how good that girl looks compared to you, or how much that guy can bench.
2. Balance is key!
-- From past experience, I think that if you focus too much on one thing you will lose sight of another. You shouldn't put all of your motivation just on one task to the point that everything else becomes meaningless. I think it's important to strive to do your best in everything you do. Balancing your motivation between multiple things will keep you inspired and productive, rather than becoming burnt out from a single activity.
3. Have a vision/goal!
-- Without a goal to work towards, what is the point of doing anything? Having a vision gives me purpose. Setting out to do something and achieving it is one of the best and most rewarding feelings in the world. It is actually proven that people with specific, set goals are more likely to succeed. Goals can be short term or long term, but I am a strong believer in setting goals, big or small, to keep me motivated. I love working towards something and getting a reward from it. This keeps me on task and driven to that light at the end of the tunnel.
4. Know how to deal with setbacks.
-- There is nothing worse than the feeling of failure. However, failure is a GOOD thing! It took me forever to realize this, especially after losing important games or missing out on an A by less than a percent (any student can relate). What separates the goods from the greats is the drive that you have after failing, or after a setback. Not getting down on yourself and staying positive in a bad situation is important. It takes making mistakes to learn what works for you and what doesn't. Use every single step of your journey as a learning step, even if it was a step in the wrong direction.
Imagine you worked really hard for something you have wanted for a long time and then finally got it. Pretty awesome, right? Now imagine a victory that was easily reached without any effort at all. Definitely not as awesome as working your ass off for something.
To put it in simple terms again, be YOUR OWN motivation. Achieve your goals that you set out for yourself. Use your what life throws at you as your fuel. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.” (best quote ever!)
-- How do you stay motivated?