What drives you to keep on going?
What are you working so hard to achieve?
Take a second to think about it. What is the first thing that pops into your head and stays in your head? That very thing is the most important to you at this very moment. Today’s topic is all about becoming motivated and staying motivated throughout this chapter of your life. Everything in life has its own timing, during this chapter of my life my main priorities would be to build for my future. All I want right now is to achieve a top degree, to make money and become the best version of myself.
Know your goal & strategise
If you do not know what your current goal (s) is right now, then deeply evaluate. Don’t look at what others are doing, think about where you need to be and what will make you happy in the future. If you are finding it difficult then speak to someone. You are not alone, there are plenty of people who do not know what they want to do with their lives. However that isn’t an excuse to do nothing at all.
Once you know what you want to do- plan plan plan! Take the steps needed in order to take you to that destination. Writing down your goals is one thing that really helps because this leads to a clearer vision. Do not be afraid to speak into existence, there is so much power in the tongue. Set your standards high and do not be afraid to dream big.
I remember when I was growing up, if I ever said to my mum that the whole class except for one person did bad in a test, she would always ask if that person had ‘two heads’ and I’ve actually developed this mentality too as I’ve gotten older. That is the one thing that has stopped me from making excuses for myself. You cannot say that ‘this person did that but I cannot’. There is actually no limit to your successes.
Organise yourself as much as you can- it is so important. For students, I would really recommend the use of planners so you know when & where your classes are, when deadlines are- it makes life so much easier. If you let your work pile up, then that can lead to you feeling demotivated & helpless.
My go to are lists; Notes on my iPhone is my absolute favourite thing. Just knowing when I need to do something and how I should do it just takes the pressure off, especially if there is a deadline close by.
Faith in yourself
Have faith in YOURSELF. This is honestly so important, just believing that you can do it goes a long way. Don’t use your hand to stop yourself from progressing. Do not think ‘oh I cannot do this thing, because I am not good enough, because I am not smart enough, because it is beyond me’. God said in Jeremiah 29:11 that ‘I can do all things through Christ the Lord who strengthens me’. If you have faith that you can do anything that you put your mind to then you will go a long way. This gives you the power to brush yourself off if you so happen to fail. People tend to give up once they fail once or twice but failure gives you that hunger to work 10x harder. From that hard work, you will see results.
By this I mean that you should constantly remind yourself of:
- What you are working for?
- Why you are working for it?
- Am I on track?
These constant reminders will allow you to stay on track even during those times when you feel discouraged. There will definitely be times when you will feel like giving up but as long as you remind yourself of what you are doing and why you are doing it, then you should stay on track.
Surround yourself with like minded people
This is one of my top recommendations, I think this is perhaps overlooked sometimes. Having people around you who would tell you to work harder when you feel like giving up is so necessary, the support goes such a long way. If your current friends are only interested in gossip, partying & other trivial things then reorganise your friendship circles. Now’s the time to really build for your future, honestly if you’ve got the right people around you, then they should be motivating you.
On a final note, I recently watched a sermon called “Head Winds” by Sarah Jakes Roberts (I’ve attached the link of a snippet of it below). She talks about being selfish with your time and prioritising yourself over everything else. Get rid of any dead weight which may be in the form of friendships, relationships or anything else. If it is not getting you closer to your goals, then sidetrack it. This is not the time for distractions at all. We live in a generation of go getters, everyday I see people doing amazing things and that alone is motivation for me. Don’t sleep on the job whilst others are living your dream!
I wish you all every success in the month of September, whether you have a new beginning or whether you are continuing. I hope you stay motivated throughout the year and achieve your goals!