Increase Motivation

Seven Steps to Increase Motivation

Increasing Self-Motivation isn’t easy. It will take time and hard work. But if you need to be motivated you must do it for yourself. These steps should be a good way to begin.


Start with a Notebook. Don’t just read the page. Writing your responses will be a first step toward making a change.

1.  What do you really want? Will you be satisfied with passing grades as long as you graduate, and get some sort of job or do you want something more?  Are you willing to make major changes in your life to make sure these things happen?

This is decision time. What kind of decisions do you need to make?

Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step take just now. —Jonatan Martensson

2. Begin with a vision of your future. What do you want and plan to achieve?  Set long-term goals for yourself. Find a cause, something you are passionate about, something you are committed to. Define your purpose in life. Have a dream.  Describe your vision.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Visions with action can change the world!                            —  Joel Arthur Barker

3. Think seriously about your vision, cause, purpose or dream. That’s just the beginning. Dreams don’t come true  by themselves. What decisions will you need to make in order to reach your dream, to make your vision a reality?

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.  — Author Unknown

4. This entire website will suggest many possible decisions. Learn new Study Skills, Organize your time, Learn new strategies.  Add to your notebook a list of decisions you make. Do not say “I will try to…” or “I should…”  Decide to do these things. Write “I will…”  Be as specific as you can.

   Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.   — Henri Bergson

5.  Act on your decisions. Create a plan. Take a calendar and list things you plan to work on, week by week: Create and follow a study schedule. Learn how to improve reading skills and begin practicing. Avoid parties where most people end up drunk. This reduces motivation. Your time is better used for other tasks. Finish each day by writing in your notebook.  Describe the steps you took toward your goal. What will you do tomorrow?

In the dim  background of our mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.      — William James

6. Choose friends whose goals are similar to yours, friends who will support and encourage you. They might even offer helpful advice. People who laugh at you and belittle your efforts are not real friends. Be persistent, even stubborn. Believe in yourself. Keep reminding yourself you really can do this. Never give up

Be who you are and say what you feel because those you mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.                                    —   Dr. Seuss

7.  Jesse Jackson said

“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

You might use this or other quotes that you find inspirational. Put them on your bulletin board. Write them inside the covers of your notebooks, put them where you will read them often.

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.   — Calvin Coolidge

Get Motivated: Prepare with Motivation, every day

When you prepare for success.  it is important to “put another log on the fire”  to keep the motivation burning in your mind.  Start with a “To Do” list.

1. Construct a To Do list for the day.  Either list things in order of priority or list them first and star those that are most important, put question marks by the least important, leaving medium priority items un marked.  You might decide to use the list to develop a schedule. You could also take the list and simply add times. Call Mom at 7PM. Library Research from 2-5 PM. Study Chemistry 9-11 AM.

2.  Remember your long-term goals. At the top of your list a word or two, perhaps a few letters to remind you of your goals. Ari  writes: EG MS FCC. This translates into “excellent grades, medical school, find cure for cancer.” Reva writes “Teach.” She plans to be a teacher, the best teacher she can possibly be.

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.         — Brian Tracy

3.  Write something about  immediate concerns. “Chem test” might be at the top of your list, especially if you are struggling in chemistry and the test is only a week away. “Hist Res” might mean you have a term paper for your history class due in three weeks and want to begin research now.  “Mom” might remind you that it’s your mother’s birthday today, that you must remember to call and wish her a happy birthday.

4. Choose a quotation or other inspirational thought for the day. You’ll find many possibilities on this website. You can find inspirational quotes on the Internet. If you want something to remind yourself not to give up, you might Google “quotes don’t give up”. Some people prefer to use verses of scripture. You might use the same quotation for days or weeks before looking for something new.

5.  Remember why you are doing this.

Tell yourself, out loud if possible, “Today, I am most excited about ______.    What is most important today is ___.  I really want to ___ because ___________.

If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.   — Cher

Before each class, look at your “To Do” list. Do a rapid review of goals,  top priorities, and your motivational quote. Think about the class about to begin. Decide what is most important and what will be most exciting.

Before you begin to study chemistry or begin your library research, do the same. Focus on what in the study or the research is exciting, is important, is what you want to accomplish.

Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re absolutely right.      — Henry Ford

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