Tips For Motivating Yourself

Some days, it can seem like the world is out to get you and as though nothing you do truly matters. You might get blamed for something that you didn't do at work, have a car spray water on you because it hits a puddle in the rain, and lock your car keys inside your car. All of this can be extremely frustrating and cause you to lose the motivation to continue to do better and to make your life better. Here are some tips for staying motivated and being able to motivate yourself.

1. Before You Go To Bed, Write Down How You Affected the World

First, before you go to bed, you are going to want to make sure that you write down how you influenced the world. This is a powerful tool because it allows you to see that you have some control and that everything is not random. One of the key ways to remaining motivated is to remind yourself how your actions matter. If you write down a few things that you are grateful for before going to bed each night, you can do this in the same journal.

If you feel like nothing you do matters and are struggling with this exercise, then you might need to change what you're actually doing. Sign up to be a Big Brother or a Big Sister and help mentor youth that don't have adequate role models. Volunteer a weekend with Habitat for Humanity. Stand up for yourself at work. Try to influence the world, even though you feel like it's pointless. Prove to yourself that your actions mean something by actually making the attempt to make changes.

2. Get a Hero

Next, you are going to want to determine one or two heroes that you can look up. These could be anyone who has traits that you admire. If there's someone in your field who made some really cool discoveries that you respect, choose him or her to help get you through long nights at the lab. If your mom or dad was a single parent raising three kids and still got his or her college degree at night, choose him or her to help motivate you to finish college. If you feel as though you're the only girl in a boy's club, find a few women that have come before you in your field, or generally women who have broken the glass ceiling and choose them to be your heroes. Every time that you feel like you can't do something, think to yourself how your heroes—women who make a difference—would handle the situation.

For more information, talk to a mentor at your college or in the workplace.