Well, it is about that time where most individual’s New Year’s resolutions have not stuck or were never feasible in the first place. If that includes you, its okay it happens to the best of us. Just because you fell off of the bandwagon of New Year’s resolutions, doesn’t mean you need to wait until 2020 to get motivated and stay on track with your academic goals. Read below if you need some tips for motivation this 2019.
Create a vision board/goal list.
This isn’t some Youtube trend. It really works. Pick a day free day you have, print some pictures of the goals you want to obtain and plaster a piece of paper with them. If you are pressed for time (or the arts and crafts way isn’t for you) old school pen and paper will work. Just having your goals written/put down is the most important part. After finishing your goal board/list, post it where you can see it EVERYDAY! Looking at why you are working hard in the first place will remind you of what is to come after putting in all of your hard work. The reminder of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow will provide a motivating boost as you when you become unmotivated to work/study.
Watch motivating videos.
As a borderline beginner to intermediate musician, I constantly feel as if I need to be better yet cannot find the motivation to practice most days. What has encouraged and motivated me to work was watching videos of other musicians, particularly those detailing their musical journey. Every time I watch other musicians, I think,” Well, if they can do it, why can’t I?” This habit has encouraged me, without fail, to practice. If you feel as if you are in a runt, watch a video of a person from your future profession. Imagine yourself in their shoes. Watching them achieve and do your dream job will encourage yourself to continue working hard so you can do the same.
There are times where you will have to say no to a lot of things (be it another scoop of ice cream, staying out late, watching another Netflix episode/season) and some of them will be very fun things. But as young adults now, we have to be responsible for our own success. In the end, we will only have ourselves to applaud or to blame for our future lifestyle positions. Thus, make your decisions wisely. Do not over burden yourself with work but do not go out so much so that it hinders into your academic life. Most of us are not playing $70,0000+ a year to not graduate.
Get back up
You will fail. It is impossible to succeed without failure. That doesn’t mean to say you should back down after every failure. Failing is a great way to reroute your goal plan and challenge yourself. If you don’t fail, you will never be able to unlock your potential and push against the limits you set for yourself. Remember, failing is opportunity.
I hope these tips will aid you in academic adventure.