How do I get motivated

Hey Auntie, my name is Kevin. Right now I am currently attending classes for my GED and I’m lacking motivation for moving forward in A LOT of things. What kind of advise do you have for strictening ones own daily schedule to make motivational levels rise?

Hey Kevin! Yeah, it can be tough to accomplish anything when you just don’t feel like it! You want to be better, so kudos to you for doing something about it.

The key here, is to not only get motivated, but to stay motivated! So, you’re right when you mention a daily schedule. We need to work on shifting your thought process. This is something people can work on throughout their lives.

Here are some things that might help:

Set Smaller Goals within Larger Goals – when you’re working towards bigger goals, like getting your GED, it can be easy to get lost in the middle. So set lots of smaller goals in the interim. This can be anything from turning in an assignment, or making it to class, going for a walk, or meeting with your teachers. When you focus on the smaller parts of a larger goal it can be easier to stay motivated. Try to focus on today, but keep in mind there is a tomorrow.

Praise accomplishments –when you accomplish some of your smaller goals, or larger goals…celebrate it! By acknowledging what you’ve done, you’ll start to feel better about doing all the mundane steps it’s taking you to get there. Focus on the positive, rather than the things you know are going to suck. This can help keep your head in the right space and will slowly start to change the way you look at life.

Find enjoyment – even though it can be terrible doing things you don’t really want to do, look hard for things that might be a little bit enjoyable. Over time your joy will increase. Focus on the positive.

Start talking to yourself! – No, seriously. Start getting used to having an inner dialog with yourself. When you reach your goals (no matter how big or small) tell yourself, “Good job man”, or “I’m proud of you”, or “I know that kinda sucked, but you did it”. If you’re not used to this, it might feel funny at first, but this change have a major difference on how you see yourself in this world. Just maybe don’t start talking to yourself out loud in public 🙂

Kevin, I hope these things help. Keep in mind that with every change you want to see, you have to work hard at practicing these things everyday. Be tough, but kind to yourself.

Good luck!
Auntie Manda

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