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Motivation and drive are huge components to success. Motivation helps you keep your eye on the prize even when difficulties and setback arise. To be successful in anything, motivation and drive are absolutely imperative. Yet, it’s easy to fall out of motivation and, in turn, become stagnant or complacent. Here are some tips from Entrepreneur, Forbes, and tinybuddha.com to help you stay motivated even when the going gets tough.

“Why?”

The Socratic Method is a method of reasoning used to stimulate critical thinking and establish truth. Asking yourself the ever important question “Why?” is a good start to gaining back your motivation. Why do you work? Why are you in school? Why are you willing to work long hours? These kinds of questions delve deep into your own self, and can lead you to rediscover truths that are important to you. Use this technique to help you determine what is most important to you, and to keep your motivation strong and unwavering.

Look Back at your Previous Achievements

If you’re in a slump, it’s easy to lose confidence in yourself and your future endeavors. In this scenario, remind yourself of all that you’ve accomplished to continue forward. Look back at past achievements, such as graduating from school, establishing a relationship, buying a new car, or finalizing a successful professional deal. Shortly after you achieve these goals, it’s fairly easy to minimize their importance. Be proud of your past to keep you moving forward, as there are still many more accomplishments on the way.

The Glass is Always Half Full, not Half Empty

Don’t let anxiety or fear turn your world into a whirlwind of negativity and fatalism. If your situation seems stagnant or underachieving, keep in mind that slumps come and go. Think of some of the things you are most thankful for, and continue to appreciate their presence in your life. To secure a positive outlook on life, ensure that you surround yourself with individuals who are also positive, motivated, and confident. Stay excited, stay confident, and stay positive.

Visualize and Finalize

A key practice to maintain motivation is visualizing yourself achieving your goals. Imagine the perks, and the sentiments you will gain with achieving your goals. Visualizing yourself at the finish line will allow you to break any negative cycle, and keep you motivated in accomplishing your goals. Once you do this, finalize your dream by formally writing down your goals, and the route you will take to achieve them.

Professional athletes understand that success involves so much more than physical ability, it also requires mental strength. Stay mentally strong to stay motivated, and that drive will surely take you down the path of success. Remember the old proverb, “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” ~Unknown.


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