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Any tips on staying motivated in times of giving up?

I would like to become a family and marriage counselor, but the years of schooling( 7-9 yrs) required is very demotivating. Any tips on staying motivated in times of giving up? mentalchallenge imtired psychology

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John’s Answer

Danica the difference between an achievable goal and an impossible goal is planning. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. People who have decided on a career or improving their GPAs struggle to succeed because their goals are not SMART:
• SPECIFIC: Setting a specific goal with as much detail as humanly possible leaves no room for error during harder days. There’s no need to hesitate when you know exactly what you’re doing.
• MEASURABLE: Tracking your progress is both practical and psychological; you won’t be able to gauge your success if you can’t measure it, and looking back on how far you’ve come in the future is great inspiration.
• ATTAINABLE: An attainable goal has an outcome that can be reasonably reached by you, with the resources available to you.
• REALISTIC: While attainability focuses on the finish line, a goal is realistic when the steps leading up to that goal aren’t too demanding or unrealistic. Running a 10k is an attainable goal, but running five miles a day as practice if you’ve never run before is an unrealistic way to get there.
• TIMELY: Due dates are the necessary benchmarks that will keep you motivated Danica.

Hope this is helpful Danica

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You are more likely to succeed in achieving your goals when you have a support system. Loved ones don’t just keep you accountable, they also give you the care we need when things go wrong. A support system can be as large or small as you need it to be; what matters most is quality, not quantity. Surround yourself with people who are willing and able to help you achieve your goals, people who inspire you and keep you motivated when you can’t motivate yourself.
Celebrate your achievements. This may be the most important step in learning how to stay motivated, when you do succeed, or overcome a hurdle, or whatever sort of victories come your way, celebrate them out loud. Cheer for yourself. Treat yourself to a reward. Not only do you deserve it but it will help you maintain that success momentum.
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Rajesh’s Answer

every goal that you set or want to achieve, will require 1% inspiration and 99% prespiration. so it is your choice to see beyond the ONLY 7-9 years required for study and look at rest of the 75-80 or more years that you will gain from that effort of 7-9 years.
Also there will surely be a number of ways that you can keep yourself motivated during the 7-9 years as well and then as previously said your life is like your car - you go fast, slow, put brakes or stop completely is upto you. but NOTHING is permanent and so these years also will pass and once you emerge out of those, your life will be smoother and enjoyable. who knows once you start putting efforts in those 7-9 years you will start liking it :-), human mind is very unpredicatable.
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Marylou’s Answer

Your life is like your car, most of the time you are looking forward and glancing in your rear view mirror. You put your foot on the gas when you need to go faster and your foot on the brake when you need to slow down. And sometimes there is a red light or a stop sign, but you don't stay still forever.
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LaReshia’s Answer

Hello Danica,
Staying motivated is a task when your goal is so far off. I would recommend establishing short and long term goals to help you keep you motivated along the way. Accomplishing your short term goals will allow you celebrate yourself and feel as though your one step closer to your goal every time you complete them. I also recommend being kind to yourself and giving yourself some grace there will be time that you will be more motivated then others and that is ok. As long as you continue to move your doing great. Slow progress is still progress.

I hope this helps & Good Luck Danica!
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Kaitlin’s Answer

Hi Danica! Set smaller goals for yourself within your end goal. For example, if you're graduating with a higher degree and have to write a thesis, write 1 page a day. Once you achieve this, celebrate it! Before you know it, you'll be that much closer to the finish line. Often times, looking at a big goal can seem menacing, so I find it beneficial to break that goal into smaller, more attainable chunks.

Also, remember that you're investing in yourself. Not only will you be able to help so many others through your career path, but you'll gain so much knowledge that will benefit YOU and your family going forward.

You're going to do great!
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