“Motivation is key”. This is the phrase that I have learnt to be very powerful during hardships in studies and, well, in life so far. To have motivation is to have a reason for doing the things that you do. It is something that can be given to you by another individual, an idea, a dream, a grade… anything. It is the car that drives you to your most desired destination, with tunnel vision for it despite all the bumps in the road. It is the key for success.
When I think of motivation, I associate it with studying. When I was younger, my motivation in school was to stay out of any kind of trouble, therefore studying in order to get a good grade was the solution. Things grew more complicated as I went up in school- studying became hardcore for GCSE’s because bad grades meant not getting into the Sixth Form I wanted. Then studying in Sixth Form, where I am now, seems even harder… especially when the future is not based upon what school you go to next anymore. Motivation, for me, now seems a lot harder to find, particularly when I am unsure on my own intentions after school- Uni? A job? Travelling? It is almost as if the motivation I once had expired, and I need to find completely new sources of inspiration. However hard this is though, we must all find it.
Because motivation has been the one thing I have longed for since starting school up again, I have a few tips for tracking it down.
Talk to anyone and everyone, in my case, about the future. I have gained so many ideas and created many goals for myself from this, ones I never would have considered.
Do the things you love whenever you can. For me, writing in this magazine and creating the things I like to create often encourages me to prioritise them in my free time. I would love to be able to pursue a path that incorporates the things I love, so why not get good at them!
And finally, keep an open mind. By considering multiple options for, say, after school, you can find motivation just by seeing how many opportunities you have at arm’s reach.