It's about time.
If I'm being totally honesty, I've been slacking as far as my writing. Not cool. But I'm back. It's the holiday season, college season is pretty much behind us, and it's time to get committed. I don't know about you all, but I've missed this. I'm really excited about this next series, so for those of you who still read, I'll try to keep it as interesting as possible 😉. Thanks again for being a part of this. To every reader and subscriber, thank you. You are why I do this.
When we don't end up doing what we need to do, half of the time it's because we don't have time for it all. Days are too short, and with school and work and practice and everything, it can be tough to find the time to do what we need to do, like blogging or studying for finals. The other reason it can be tough to handle everything we need to do is that we can sometimes feel unmotivated. A lack motivation can keep us from doing all that God calls us to do. It can get hard to maintain maximum motivation levels, but by keeping an eye on our best future, we can push ourselves to succeed and get it done. I hope you're feeling it, let's get started.
It can be tough to finish that paper, study for that final, make it through that shift, or even get out of bed every morning to that annoying alarm (5:45 every day is kinda rough). Sometimes it's even tough to listen to motivational speeches or read motivational blogs, so I'll keep this short and sweet 😉. For me, motivation has always been about two things: thinking about what's possible and remembering the "why." I'll hit these two points, and then I'll let you go. Cool? Cool.
Okay. First. When we lose motivation, we lose sight of what's possible for us. As the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, God has prosperous plans for us, and he has a great future planned out for us. It can be hard to stay motivated when we can't see the future, and unless you have some sort of prophetic gift, none of us can see the future. But we can have goals, and we need to be able to imagine the future so we stay motivated to push towards what's possible for us. For example, if I see myself graduating high school with all of my friends, it helps me stay focussed as I study for these finals. If I see myself celebrating after the game, I practice harder and push myself further. If I see myself winning, succeeding, improving, surprising, growing, impressing, doing, being, living, or loving, then I will do whatever it takes to get me there. If you're looking for some motivation in your life, lift up your head. Look up. Look outward and imagine yourself living life better. Then tap into that motivation and do what you gotta do!
So, you've visualized you in your future self, thriving and enjoying life right? And you're feeling totally motivated to conquer whatever challenge is waiting on you? Great! If not, though, try thinking about something else. Think about the "why." What's the "why?" Ask yourself, Why am I even doing this? What do I want to get out of this? How will my life and the lives of those around me be better because of this? The answer to that question is your "why," your drive, your reason, your motivation. It's why you stay up the extra hour, do the extra set, push for the new max, take yourself to the next level, dig deep, use every ounce of mental energy, and stretch yourself to the limit. Because you have a "why." We oftentimes don't think about our "whys" enough, and losing sight of them is a major cause of our motivation deprivation. Sometimes the "why" can be a person, like a loved one or a best friend. Sometimes it's an opportunity, like a job or an internship, or maybe a scholarship. It could be something profound, or something simple, but the point is: everything worth motivating yourself to do has a "why;" If you can't come up with a "why," it may be time to reevaluate your motives and think about if what you're trying to do is worth it. If it is, though, find that "why" and internalize it. Write it down, print it out, paint it, hang it up, frame it, set it as your background, do something. Keep it on your mind, and keep moving forward because of it. That keeps you motivated.
Keeping your motivation up is a constant struggle. Since life isn't easy, staying motivated and focused remains a daily battle. Senioritis is real, and it's hitting high schoolers younger and younger (but if you're not a senior, you don't really know. There's really no such thing as junioritis 😂). Motivation dips are a part of life, though. So don't get discouraged! If you ever feel like you're at a point of low motivation, maybe you're feeling weak or you feel like what you're striving to do is impossible, don't worry and please don't give up. Just think about how bright your future is going to be! And remember your "why." And, keep going. You'll get through, I promise 😉.
Leave a comment below if you thought these tips were helpful, not so helpful, or if you just want to say hey! Any and all topics and suggestions are welcome. I love hearing from you! Don't forget to smile!