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How students can motivate themselves to achieve their life goals

by Vijay Garg
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Lack of motivation is a common concern felt by many students in different stages of their academic lives.
Discovering your passion and studying for a field you love can go a long way.
Surround yourself with motivational people, read inspiring stories and actively work towards to your goals.
How many times have you woken up in the morning and dragged yourself to your college or workplace? How many times have you felt a complete lack of motivation or interest in doing your work or pursuing your career goals? Is it possible to overcome this professional or educational morass where you find yourselves stuck and unable to take any step forward or backward?
The truth is most of us have faced such a situation in life where there is a clear lack of motivation or drive to pursue our goals or pursuits. Lack of motivation is a common concern felt by many students in different stages of their academic lives.
While some students struggle to cope with the pressure of academics, others struggle to develop an interest in what they are studying or pursuing. Often, students end up choosing a professional course because of social or peer influence and end up realizing that they do not have an interest in that particular field.
In some cases, this lack of motivation comes from unsupportive classroom structures where teachers do not give adequate attention to the individual needs of the students. In other cases, lack of motivation stems from unstructured thinking and lack of clear direction.
1. Discover your passion
No matter which field of academics you are pursuing, there will always be an area in that field that excites and drives you. If you are studying engineering, explore the discipline that truly excites you and focus on building your expertise in it.
If you are studying law, look for a field within that you want to study in-depth and build your career on. Many students continue to go through their academic routines without any vigour or excitement. This results in shallow learning and low motivation.
Your passion may not necessarily come from your academic field. Be theatre, music or writing, finding and pursuing a new passion helps reset your mind and makes it more focussed and driven.
If you have a passion, you will wake up every day and have something to look forward to. Discovering your true passion will open a new avenue or a new outlet for your inner self and improve your expression in other dimensions as well.
2. Don’t just study for scores
Academic learning can often get dull and monotonous particularly if your teachers are not making special efforts to make it more engaging and interesting. However, you do not need to limit yourself to classroom teaching or course recommended books.
Education is a never-ending subject, and the more you immerse yourself into it, the more you discover. Unfortunately, our education system is restricted by excessive focus on student achievement and scores.
If you are a student dealing with lack of motivation, you must begin by overcoming this single-minded focus on scores and look at education as a vast expanse of learning.
3. Surround yourself with motivated people
The company you keep is a key determinant of your success (or failure). It is important to surround yourself with people who are driven and motivated towards their goals. It helps you stay focused and driven yourself.
Often, people who are struggling to meet their fitness goals turn to walking or gym buddies to keep themselves motivated. Students must also find such partners or buddies who can keep them motivated and inspire them to find their spark.
4. Learn new skills
An important key to motivation is to keep learning new skills. While specialization is always valued, the job market today requires multi-skilled individuals. It is important therefore for students of all disciplines to learn the essential skills particularly digital skills that are much in demand today.
Not only will additional skills make your resume more attractive, they will also equip you better for the industry. Moreover, multi-dimensional skills are valued in every sector, no matter which profession you are in.
Learn digital marketing and social media communication skills, consider learning graphic designing and video editing softwares, make yourself an expert in presentation skills. You may also consider joining a digital business skilling course that will help hone your entrepreneurial ability.
5. Seek inspiration from powerful stories
Often, when we are feeling down and out, a powerful story of struggle and success tends to reinvigorate and inspire us to work against the tide.
So, if you are out of motivation, give yourself a shot in the arm by reading inspirational biographies of people who overcame difficult odds to achieve their goals.
Motivation is the food for life, so build a positive mind-set, work towards your goals and passion and see the magic life unfolds for you.

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