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10 Helpful Tips to Keep College Students Motivated in 2019

Finding ways to stay motivated can be challenging.

Motivation is what drives us to live with purpose, go after our dreams and more importantly, accomplish our goals.

But there are times where you just fall in a slump and you just can’t seem to conjure up the drive to keep on working.

This post will help you out of your slump by providing 10 tips you can use to reignite the flame that got you started in the first place.

Master Self-Motivation

Have you heard the story about the visitor that went to NASA (in the 1900s) and went up to the janitor – who was mopping – and asked him what he was doing?

The Janitor stopped mopping for a moment and replied “Helping to put a man on the moon”.

The janitor was well aware of his position but he didn’t let that stop him from gaining a different perspective about the job he was doing. He knew he was working as a piece of something greater.

Self-motivation is a powerful tool that if you master.  It is a great way to stay motivated, especially when it seems like there are outside things/people that don’t want to see you be successful.

Make Sure You Believe in What You Are Working on

Charles M. Schwab said it best “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm”.

When you find yourself losing motivation, take a step back and make sure you really believe in what you are working on. Or remind yourself why you started on that journey in the first place

Rediscover your “why”.

Your why is just as important as the goals you are trying to accomplish and being aware of it is a great way to stay motivated to keep working.

“Yes, but”

Make a list of the doubts you have about what you are doing and counter them with “Yes, but” statements.

For example, You might have doubts about starting a business.

Your “Yes, but” statement will look something like this:

Yes starting a business is a lot of work, but i could make a lot of money from it.

The goal here is essentially to take the negative doubts you have and turn it into something positive.

Surround Yourself with Like Minded People

The journey of being an entrepreneur is hard enough when you are working by yourself or around people people that don’t have your same drive.

But when you surround yourself with like minded people with similar goals to yours, things tend to get a little bit easier.

You can hold each other accountable and look to each other for motivation to keep going on.

Don’t Be Afraid to Set Seemingly Unrealistic Goals

In his blog post about how our brain likes to use logic to hold us back, Steve Pavlina explains that clearly setting goals that are out of your comfort zone is a good way to stay motivated and make sure that you work toward your goals.

By setting high expectations you are proving to yourself that you know you can achieve more than it might seem that you can.

Its like the saying goes, would you rather come short on a goal of achieving $100,000 or a goal of achieving $1,000,000?

Take breaks

Because you have a lot of things to do does not mean you have to work literally all day to get things done.

That is how you get burned out.

Create a daily routine with a mix of work and relaxation and stick to it.

Work all you want but make sure you are also giving your brain some downtime to recover from all the work you are doing.

Know Where You Are Headed

Your goals are very important to keeping you on track.

Write them down.  That way you can always reference them when you have doubts about the future.

This will also give you clarity about what types of decisions you make.  The more you see your goals, the more inclined you will be to stick to them.

Create Checklists

Checklists are a great way for you to keep track of how much you are getting done.

When one checklist is complete, don’t just toss it to the side and forget about it.

Save it.  That way if you ever feel that you aren’t getting anything done, you can reference your completed checklist to see all the things you have checked off.

Seeing everything you have done will give you a sense of accomplishment that will give you a renewed sense of purpose that will motivate you to get get more done.

Stay Healthy

Your health plays a big role on how much you get done.

Make sure to get enough sleep and drink lots of water.

Exercise is also a big part of staying motivated.  But that doesn’t mean you need to start spending an hour everyday at the gym.

Doing simple things for 20 min that gets your heart pumping will be good enough.

Don’t Run From Challenges

Motivation is hard to maintain especially when faced with a challenge that just seems impossible.

Look at these challenges as an opportunity for change, to learn something new and a chance for personal growth.

With this type of mindset, you will always be willing to face challenges head on.

More importantly, you will be more willing to always put your best foot forward at all times.

And if you do end up failing, don’t overreact or give up.  

Look at it as a learning experience that you can use to gain a fresh perspective and approach that challenge with a new approach.


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