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What are good ways to stay motivated?

Asked Daly City, California

There are tons of things to think about and it feels like a lot of work when it comes to staying in the right track of your goals. What are good ways to stay on top of these things? #college-bound

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ritesh’s Answer

Updated Pune, Maharashtra, India

If you are searching for motivation you need to read career advice by these famous people which will help you to stay motivated :

1) Maya Angelou: Create your own way

This is one of the famous quote shared by Maya Angelou in the book The Best Advice I Ever Got

“ If you are being offered something which you don’t like or if you are reaching a place which you don’t like and if you are not wiling to go back then just step out of the road and create your own way”.

2) Richard Branson: Never look back and regret; move on

His mother taught him, “ Do not weep on spilt milk. Do not crib and cry over failures continuously instead use that energy to create something new. Just move on”.

3) J. K. Rowling: Accept the failures

The author of Harry Potter knows a lot about achieving success.

Failures are bound to occur you cannot stop it, the only thing that matters is how would you deal with it with the right mindset. Just accept the failures without any regrets and learn from your mistakes.

4) Marissa Mayer: Take an idea and make it your life

She told about the best advise she received in a 2011 interview:

“Do not get confused with what you want to choose when you have two options: Just take an option and make it your life just give your 100 % of work towards it. You will definitely succeed”.

5) George Stephanopoulos: Relax

“If you are worried about today, don’t think that it will define your tomorrow. Every day is a new day and you just need to fight again to win your battle.”

Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas


Staying on top of things is more about focus and time management. Really and truly, everyone has to find their own way. I am a "list" person. When it comes to the weekends, I know I need to find time to do my yard, clean the house, get groceries, spend some time with my folks, etc. I write down everything I need to do! Everything! Weekends would be easier if I did some of it during the week, but I don't have the time.

Sometimes "lists" get more complex. When I had to plan an aircraft disaster exercise, for example, I put everything on a spreadsheet. I listed deadlines for everything, and was able to prioritize by sorting the list, color-coding, etc. I was also able to keep needed information right there on another page. So, when I needed to follow up to see how the signs were coming along, I had Lisa's phone number/e-mail on the next page.

I recommend building in checkpoints. For example, you can review your goals at the end of each month, each quarter, each semester, or whatever works for you. If you catch yourself doing something that sidetracks you from your goals, you will need to find a way to break that habit. So, if you spend too much time playing computer games, you can budget time for that, and then go on to other things, like homework.

I find it helpful to plan my week on Sunday night or Monday morning. Review what I need to get done that week, and make sure I'm on track.

Actual motivation has to come from within. If you can't seem to "get with it" when doing something, it might be the "Wrong something" for you, or, it might be that you just don't see the value in it. For example, if you are taking a class you are not interested in, perhaps Calculus, you need to remind yourself of the reason you are taking it. Perhaps to increase your chance of getting a scholarship? Not everything we do has a direct payoff. Sometimes the payoff is indirect, and we get lost along the way. That is why it is important to stay focused!

Hope this helps!


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