Motivating yourself to do well in college can be hard. Some people are just naturally good at going to classes, studying for 5 hours a day, and getting all of their work done on time. Some, on the other hand, have trouble motivating themselves to do all of their work. If you are someone who has trouble motivating yourself to study, do homework, or to even go to class, then you need to find ways to motivate yourself.
The big question is: “do you really want to let yourself down?” Think about all of the hard work you put into school in the past to get to where you are now. If you’re halfway through a semester, then why stop? Keep pushing yourself and understand that it will pay off in the future. That’s where the saying “hard work pays off” comes from. You have to work hard in order to get anywhere in the future. It’s college, you have to work hard to get what you want. No one hands anything to you. It would be too easy that way.
A key way to staying motivated is to surround yourself with other motivated students. Find friends who are also academically motivated and doing well. This way you won’t find yourself tempted to go out at night instead of studying. If you have a friend or two that like to go out on week days, you have to be able to turn them down and study or get your homework done instead. Also, develop a list of tasks to be completed. There is no better feeling than being able to check off a completed task. Seeing a task not completed should motivate you to get that goal accomplished.
Motivation is directly related to your attitudes about college and yourself. Try to
have a positive attitude toward yourself, your professors, books and everything
else. Anger can get in your way. Many students expect too much from their professors, books, college facilities, secretaries. When people or things do not meet your expectations do you become angry and then belligerent? You might ask yourself, “Who am I to expect all of this from so and so?” or “Can I really expect people to be as perfect as me?” As a rule of thumb, unrealistic expectations lead to anger and false hope leads to disappointment. Anger gets in the way of being receptive and open to experiences.And even if you choose to be negative and angry, don’t you owe it to yourself to determine what effect that has on your performance?
Do you fear failure or success? How might one or the other of these fears be manifested and what effect do they have on your motivation?Remember that no one is always highly motivated. We all have our ups and
downs. However, if you find yourself more down than up, you should make an
effort to find out why. Then do something about it.