Being motivated is one of the key requirements for success in your studies. While at times you might not feel like studying, if you can identify and focus on the forces that are driving your desire to succeed, you will be well along the path to being motivated.
There are several different forms of motivation: internal; external; positive; negative. Various combinations of these can be brought together to help you achieve in your studies. The most successful form of motivation is both positive and internal.
Go to forms of motivations and reflect on how they relate to you
Make a list all the forces that will help you to be a successful student
Pin the finished list in a visible place
The desire to be a successful student can arise from within. Here are some examples.
I’m determined to get a good education
I’ll have a secure future if I obtain a degree
My family will be impressed when I graduate
I’m sure to get promoted in the company quickly
I really enjoy learning new things
Studying is one of my most pleasant past-times
I can contribute to this profession
Do any of these apply to you? Can you identify the internal forces that will help to motivate you? Write these down on your list and pin them in a visible place.
Sometimes our desire to succeed is driven by external forces. Here are some examples:
My employer expects me to get a university degree before I get promoted
I’ll be disappointing my mother and father if I don’t succeed at university
All my friends have been to university
If I want a successful career then I have to obtain a degree
They will cut off my financial support if I don’t succeed
The community elders want people who are well educated as future leaders
Do any of these apply to you? Can you identify the external forces that will help to motivate you? Write these down on your list and pin them in a visible place.
Adopting a positive attitude towards the task of study will help to motivate you.
Enhancing that positive attitude is a matter of identifying those motivating forces that you enjoy and like. Here are some examples.
I want to learn and understand more about that topic
I have the ability to get a degree and I know I can do the work
A university qualification will be really helpful for my future
I enjoy studying new things
My future income will be much greater when I graduate
My results so far are okay but I can do better
Do any of these apply to you? Can you identify the positive forces that will help to motivate you? Write these down on your list and pin them in a visible place.
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