Keeping balance: Motivation tips

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 4:33 PM

What drives you to wake up in the morning?
Is it the physical reaction your body has to the sound of your phone relentlessly ringing? Or the sun silently peeking through your cheap, college blinds?
Maybe beyond pure external factors, your mind shakes your core in the morning as if to yell, “Wake up, there is so much that you have to do today!” Such as, wrapping up a homework assignment due for your first class or preparing meals for the day to accommodate your busy schedule. Regardless of the force, each day your mind, body and soul are awakened to greet a new dawn.
Once risen, responsibilities, obligations and demands begin to all desperately fight and claw their way to the top of your to-do list, which can be more than overwhelming. So, how do you power through it all and stay positive to complete all the expectations placed on you? I would first like you to consider a few ideas that directly correlate to motivation.
1. Be realistic with your goals for each day. Carefully plan out days that are reasonable and doable. This can be done with a planner.
2. Make time for the activities that fill your spirit and inspire you. Every day set aside a specific time.
3. You are not expected to carry the world — self-care is vital in sustaining long-term happiness.
Moving forward, let’s take a deeper look into motivation in accordance to what it means to you as a student here at Edinboro University. According to, motivation is defined as, “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way, or the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.” Some synonyms include: incentive, stimulus, inspiration, reason, drive and ambition.
Although this term may seem simple in a conceptual sense, the depth and gravity that this word holds is substantial. Consider your personal journey of college: what made you decide to obtain a degree in your field and what keeps you tied to that regime? It is important to dissect this question because within the answer is your aspirations, goals, values, beliefs and most importantly, your motivation.  
Therefore, when you are feeling drained by the day-in and day-out routines that can be overbearing, be mindful of the decisions you made previously that led you to where you are in life. In addition, it is essential to recognize sometimes the choices you made earlier in life no longer align with your current self. That is acceptable. Many who struggle with finding the motivation to do their said duties in the day have a difficult time because they are putting effort into the wrong things.
Similarly, be aware that most motivation people have comes from pleasing family or setting a precedent for others; although this is one solid way to motivate yourself throughout the day, don’t negate your own pride. Make sure you have space in your motivational pie chart that is directly connected to you; this way you are always working to improve yourself. Moreover, at the end of the day, all you are doing is for no one else but the person in the mirror, and I believe that is cause enough to stay motivated to achieve all you set out to accomplish.

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