Motivation (MOT)
Many students are motivated to attend college and accomplish their goals or family goals. It is very easy to lose your motivation during the semester, as you are in a new environment and may have challenges with managing your time.  Bad time management can leave you feeling that you are adequately prepared for college. 

Here are some questions to ask yourself:  

  • Do you stay up-to-date in class assignments?
  • Do you easily lose interest in your classes?
  • Do you “give up” in difficult classes or difficult professors?
  • Have you set short-term and long-term goals to assist with your college success?

Success in college depends on your:

  • Diligence and self-discipline towards academic projects
  • Willingness to exert effort towards specific tasks

If you have problems staying motivated, you may want to:                                                     

  • Set goals in regard to academics
  • Accept more responsibility concerning academic outcomes
  • Seek to understand how your degree relates to your overall dreams

Students should review these online presentations:

  • Goal Setting & Motivation
  • Preparing for Academic Success

Students may also use these campus resources:

  • Center for Academic Resources
  • Counseling Center

Staying Motivated

motivation pictureStaying Motivated

Write your story
Write down, in a paragraph or two, the story of your desired future.  Write down what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be living, and the successes you’ll be enjoying. 

Visualize into the Future
Close your eyes and see yourself doing whatever it is that you wish to be doing.  If you want to get in shape, picture yourself as being slim, healthy, you running or working out.  If your dream is to start a business, see yourself on opening day, greeting customers and employees.

Visualize Backwards
When you visualize backwards, you see where you were and how far you have come.  If your goal was to get organized and you have made enormous improvement in that area, visualize back to when things weren’t going so well.  This will keep you heading in the right direction.

Dream Big
When you think about your future, don’t be afraid to dream big.  This will make short-term failures easier to handle.  When you hit an obstacle it won’t stop you because your eyes are set on a bigger goal.

Educate yourself.
Learn, read, talk about, listen, and experience everything you can about your particular goal or dream.  If you wish to be an author, you can take classes, read books, write, talk with other writers, join workshops, etc.

Find a Role Model
Choose a role model to learn from.  You won’t have to reinvent the wheel when you can follow an exemplary example with someone you respect.

Get Organized
A clean, tidy, and well-organized home, office, and life are a must for the motivated mind.  Physical clutter can easily lead to mental clutter.  Keep your life organized and you will find more energy and clarity in every day.

Place Motivators in Your Immediate Environment
Place symbols, signs, notes, or objects that remind you of your goals and dreams in your home, car, wallet, planner, computer, residence hall or calendar.  These reminders will guarantee a constant stream of motivation.

Read Motivational Quotations
Located on the internet and in books are thousands of quotations that inspire, motivate, and cause us all to think of our lives in a different way.  Search the internet for quotations and you will find millions of pages that match just what you are looking for. 

Spend Time with Children
Spending time with children will put things in perspective for you.  You may be stressed out from work and worried about getting everything done on time, but when you play with kids, the worries and stress seem to melt away.  Children have a simple way of looking at things, and that is something we could all benefit from.

Read Success Stories
Read the success stories of those around you.  In the daily newspaper alone, there are dozens of small success stories that can serve to motivate and inspire you into action.  The library is filled with autobiographies and biographies of ordinary men and women who have done extraordinary things.

Create a Healthy Diet
Energy is very important to living a happy life, but that is dependent on eating healthy.  Be sure to create a healthy diet that includes all of the necessary nutrients, minerals, and vitamins for your system. 

Get Enough Sleep
Some people can get by on six hours, while others require seven to eight.  Regardless of what you need in sleep, be sure you get enough.  A few nights in a row of only three or four hours a night will take its toll on you motivation, energy and attitude. 

Positive Affirmations
An affirmation is something declared to be true, or a positive statement or judgment.  They enable you to let go of negative emotional baggage and allow you to visualize a new order and sense in your life, which you can work toward achieving.