Staying Motivated

I couldn’t think of anything in particular to write about today, and to be honest, having got a stinking cold, I didn’t really feel like doing anything. But I’d feel like a bigger failure if I let that stop me. So instead, I thought I’d talk about what keeps me motivated!

1) Chocolate.

I love chocolate, and that’s not a secret – it’s in my Twitter bio for one thing. I don’t eat it every day (though wouldn’t that be a dream), but I honestly couldn’t get through my life without it. Natural painkiller, endorphin-releaser, whatever. You just can’t beat some good old Dairy Milk chocolate to make you feel better about life.

2) The knowledge things will change.

This is an important one for me. I’ve spoken before about how I’ve felt kind of stuck in my hometown, mainly because it’s small and uninteresting, but at least I am safely in the knowledge that it won’t be like this forever.

3) The knowledge that things may only change if I work for it.

Kind of like the last one, except a bit more of a fear-motivator. If you want something done, the likelihood is it won’t do it on its own, and for me the last few years it’s mainly been that my grades won’t just appear on their own. I’ve got to work for the grades, to get into the university I want, to change a situation I’m not happy with.

4) Taking time out.

In a slightly contradictory tone to the last two, but equally as true, if you are constantly stressed and tired from something, then the longer you continue, the worse the outcome will be. Eventually things begin taking their toll, so it’s always so important to force yourself to stop. Not for so long you start procrastinating, mind, but just long enough so you can get a good night’s rest, or do some exercise, or meet up with friends and reset your brain so it doesn’t go stark crazy. Then, when you come back, you’ve got fresh determination.

5) Stand back and reassess.

Sometimes, you’ll set a goal thinking it’ll be totally achievable, but completely naive to the reality. It turns out harder than you thought, or takes more time than you’d anticipated, and you start doubting yourself. The thought of failure stresses you out, so you trudge on through without much direction and only vague objective. But don’t do that. Some paintings are better admired from afar, and sometimes so is life. Revisit that initial goal with the wisdom you’ve gained so far, and see if it’s achievable. Consider readjusting it, or asking for the necessary help, because not everything can be done on your own.

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