- Sometimes a short period of time will motivate us to take out our books and start studying.
- Easy learning techniques like drawing, listening to audio lectures, subject-related podcasts motivate me to study.
- Allocate a certain period of time every day for studying.
- Start your study with a favorite subject.
- Prepare a study-schedule for a week or a minimum of 5 days. Stick to it. You can cover a decent portion of your subjects.
- Reward yourself after study-sessions. It keeps your spirit up.
- I track my achievements daily to see how much I have learned and what I have accomplished. I make sure I complete 3-5 tasks from my daily study-schedule. It is useful to motivate me to study.
- Identify the habits that are robbing your productivity. Begin eliminating them.
- Set Short-Term and Long-term goals in studies. It helps to get some motivation to study.
- Build strong habits like self-compassion, No-Comparison, and Self-Belief. Build your Self-esteem.
- Focus on “Tasks at hand”. Ex: Is your assignment due this week? Have you started your preparations for mock-tests this Friday? Etc. Work on it first. And then go for studies.
- Keep your study space clean.
- Go for a walk. Sit peacefully doing nothing in a comfortable space. Breathe deeply. You can clear your head easily.
- Vagueness in studies will not help. Decide on specific tasks/subjects/topics to cover in your study sessions. Commit it to it. Finish it. Go for the next one.
- Use Mind maps to connect to different concepts, headings, and divisions in a topic.
- I take an online quiz/questionnaire related to my subjects. It motivates me to study by focusing on my week areas.
- Sleep well
- Don’t eat heavy before you study.
- Follow a Healthy Lifestyle.
- Take breaks while studying.
1. Tough subjects/concepts in the Early Morning Hours:
Waking up Early morning has proven beneficial for studies and planning. Calmness and zero-disturbance in the early morning hours will give me good focus and motivation. It gives a mental feeling that you have more time to study. That is why I start with tough subjects/concepts. It makes me feel like I have an entire day so I can learn productively by slowly grasping tough concepts.
2. Allocate Study-Sessions.
Allocate some part of the day exclusively for your study-sessions. Study during those hours uninterruptedly. I dedicate 2 hours in the early morning and 1 hour before I sleep for my studying. I make 3 hours of study-sessions in a day. It is easy to motivate myself to study thinking that I have dedicated study-hours. Plus, I have the rest of the day for other activities. It helps me avoid the guilt of not spending time on studies.
3. Break Down:
It helps especially when there is a lot to cover with a subject, projects or assignments, etc. You can break your study tasks based on time-blocks (does it take more time to study or less), easy/difficulty levels, importance, urgency, etc. A simple plan and prioritization easily motivate me to study.
4. Positive Surroundings:
If there’s no change, studies can become a bore and lethargy. Try changing your places. Keep your surroundings clean and free from clutter. Make sure you have suitable writing instruments and study supplies before you study.
5. Do it for yourself.
Remember, you study not for others but for yourself. Top grades are not the only meaning of studies. Broaden your mind to educate yourself with knowledge and skills. You have chosen this education for the purpose of enhancing yourself. This attitude will easily motivate you to study.
1. Try Easy Study techniques:
To motivate yourself to study can become hard sometimes. A simple solution is to ask yourself “how can I make my learning easy”? If you can make your learning styles easy, studying becomes interesting and easy for you.
You have different study techniques like mind-mapping, auditory methods (podcasts, speeches), visualization methods, abbreviations/acronyms, note-taking, etc. If you like visualization, you can learn your subjects through flowcharts, doodling, pictorial mind map techniques.
Study-Tip: Adopt a suitable learning style. It helps in motivating yourself to study.
2. Don't Multitask:
Multitasking with subjects will make your studying hard. Also, if you keep procrastinating, you will end up having too much to study. Avoid these two habits.
Study-Tip: Prepare a to-do list. Prioritize your subjects and study schedule.
3. Identify your productive Hours
Another easy way to motivate yourself to study is, identify when you feel productive and active to take out your books and study.
Study-Tip: Early morning hours are best for studying. Depending on your education (school/college), you can pick the evening study hour time.
4. Try POMODORO technique:
A simple way to begin studying is to follow the POMODORO technique. You manage time and studies become productive.
Study-Tip: Finish one or two POMODORO cycles every day exclusively for studying subjects. Don’t include your assignment and other related works. Spend only for studying.
5. Prepare a “Don’t do this” List:
Prepare a list of things you don't want to do while studying. It can be like getting to pick up things often, looking for reference books, stationeries, checking smartphones, etc. Before you sit down to study, avoid these things.
Study-Tip: Mute notifications during your study time. Give a break to your social media and internet media streams. Make sure you convey your study hours so no one disturbs you.
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Dennis Waitley
The lesson taught by Life: We can hear people saying, "Life is inherently risky. We should avoid risks at all costs. Play it safe". Don't listen to them. Siting in sidelines is not life. To achieve your goals, cross your sidelines, and that is a willing risk you have to take. Also, don't be afraid when people demotivate you saying, "Life is one big risk." Don't settle your goals and dreams for them. Your rewards are in your risks.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can where you are and change the ending.” – C. S. Lewis
The lesson taught by Life: Take care of your Present and future becomes bright.
“In the Long Run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
The lesson taught by life: Life is a Journey. You grow as you travel.
“Life is serious of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu.
The lesson taught by life: Sometime, you can't control life. Let go of the control and live the life's flow.
“Make Mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes courage. You have to fail to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore
The lesson taught by life: Failures and Pains are the foundation for building courage and powerful will. Don't give up, and don't be afraid when you fail.
“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien
1. Truth can never be hidden
One of the best lessons taught by life is, you can never hide the truth. And, you can never escape from the face of truth. The truth eventually comes out in life.
2. No one can Handle your Life than yourself
What happens when life gives you tough situations to face? Only ‘you’ can do it. Of course, your friends and family can help even to a greater extent. You have to handle your life.
3. Don’t Waste your time pleasing others
Life is short. Live your life. Don’t live your life by other’s definitions and expectations.
4. Be Yourself:
By accepting yourself and being yourself you develop self-confidence. You will make yourself happy. A flawed “you” is better than a “perfect lie about yourself”. it’s a wonderful lesson taught by life.
5. You get more by Giving:
Extend your help. Give what you can to those who are less fortunate than yourself. Offer your support to people when they need the most. Be there for people around you.
6. Problems are Temporary:
Problems are temporary. Our life is bigger than that. Your Goal is bigger than that.
Money is not the ultimate. But, you need money to sustain yourself and the people around you.
8. “Feel Good” then Look Good
How you feel is more important than how you look in life. Adopt and reflect a positive mind and heart. That’s what matters. Your look is all secondary.
9. Work Hard:
Be it your education, career, job, life, etc. without hard work success never sustains for a lengthy period of time.
10. Be Good
You don’t have to take a loft effort to be good in life. A random act of kindness is enough. A small help can make people happy.
1. Have Goals in Life:
One of the best feelings in life comes when we achieve what we strived so far in life. That is why you need goals. Your Goals are the best self-motivators. That too, when you have Intriguing and challenging goals in life, you don’t need a better motivation.
Want to wake up early? It’s a goal. Want to major in genetics? It’s a goal. Are you interested in opening a restaurant instead of studying abroad? It’s a goal too. The list can go one. Starting from “what you want to do today” to “How you want your life to be,” everything is a combination of short and long goals.
Set Goals to self-motivate.
2. Pursue a Hobby:
I agree that one cannot always stay positive. Some days are positive, while others can test our patience. How to bring self-motivation here? DO what makes you happy here! Start with your Hobby.
Even if it is a short period, dwell in your hobby when you need some self-motivation.
3. Pursue what makes you happy:
Self-Motivation comes when you have things to achieve out of personal interest. You become highly motivated when you pursue what makes you happy. Imagine your favorite food, favorite subject, dream job, dream career, favorite travel-destination, etc. What happens to your brain? It comes to a self-motivating state. It automatically goes into “how can I achieve" this mode.
4. Gather Positive People in Life:
You need good people in life to motivate yourself to stay on track. Also, inspiring and successful people in life are good self-motivators for us.
5. Learn New Things:
Learning new things, exploring different fields, and gathering more knowledge never goes out of style. Seeking new things in life has been a wonderful self-motivating factor for many people.
1. Limited Distractions for you
Self-motivated people concentrate on positives and don’t spend much time on negative distractions. They don’t tend to encourage distractions.
They focus on what’s important right now, at the moment, and work on it.
Often times, they try to distract themselves from things that are letting them down.
Once they identify what demotivates and distracts them, they will stay away from them. in short, distractions are less for them.
Self-motivated will stay away from distractions in life that bring negative outcomes.
2. Self-Motivated Individuals are Originals
Self-motivated individuals are comfortable with who they are. They inspire people but not imitate people.
They don’t change their goals to please or get validation. They do what feels right to them. At the same time, they do it because it is the right thing to do.
Self-motivation makes you do things that you like and follow the dreams that you have.
1. You don’t need external Supervision
If you are determined from within, there is no need for external factors to guide and motivate you.
External motivation cannot stay permanent. There’s no guarantee that it motivates till the end. To some extent, external factors could work. In due course, they tend to stop their impacts. You will need true self-inspiration to take things forward.
Self-motivation is unique. Self-motivation sustains itself without any external necessities or motivations for long and even till the last.
The innate inspiration will never run out. It will keep taking you forward in your endeavors.
2. Self-Drive lets you accomplish more in a Day
Let’s consider your daily routines. You have your to-do lists and other tasks. You make up your mind to finish the tasks by motivating yourself to do it. It’s a little self-motivation you give to yourself.
For instance, you think about ‘I want to accomplish certain tasks today with no excuses or procrastination’. It’s a little pep talk. Little self-motivation and affirmations like this will help you accomplish so much in a day.
“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” – Leah LaBelle
1. Self-Motivation improves Self-Esteem
Self-motivation will keep doubts and insecurities away.
A strong drive from within will be even stronger when it comes to facing difficulties and other negativities. Eventually, your confidence and self-trust get sharpened every time. As a result, you can see incredible confidence and self-esteem.
Self-motivation will help you in looking for the right direction in life. You can see your self-esteem increasing in this process.
Self-motivation will help us in overcoming difficulties, facing negativities, and finally come out successfully. It increases our self-confidence, and in turn, we gain self-esteem.
Knowing that we are working towards our goals, putting our best of effort also is a way of increased self-esteem.
Self-motivation, in a way, is self-discipline too. It helps us in bettering ourselves and structuring ourselves towards good things and positive behaviors. In turn, our self-esteem grows.
You can keep gathering a list like this.
What it shows is, Self-motivation can make all such good things happen to lead to high self-esteem.
2. You will know what you really ‘Want.’
What you need and what you want is different. The ones who are clear and know what they want can tap into the success route easily. Goals become clear, and hence the travel towards it becomes focused.
Self-motivated people will be clear in what they want and where they want to go in their life. Things become easy when you know what you want in life. You can steer clear.
That is why they seem to be focused and driven. Same time, there will be no rush and stress regarding life with them. They could be fun, casual, and, at the same time, stay aware of what is happening in life.
You will know what you want when you are self-motivated and inspired from within.
1. Makes you utilize every opportunity
When you are determined and self-motivated you cannot be stopped. You will look for every opportunity you could get and see what it has in the store for you.
You will leave no stone unturned and turn every rock that you find and look for any good waiting for you.
It seems to be a common thing among all people who are inspired and motivated from the inside. Their curiosity to find and seek opportunities will make them turn every chance they get into something fruitful.
2. You get clarity with Decision Making
Making the right decisions at the right time is essential. You need to consider all the odds and make a decision that gives a fruitful result. Self-motivation can help you with that.
Want to know how?
Self-motivation gives more power and control to you regarding the outcomes. Since no one or nothing is directing you or compelling you, everything depends solely on you.
In a sense, you will be responsible for what you are doing and the aftermath of what’s going to happen. This responsibility will make you and train you to look for the right decisions and the right conclusions. You will consider all variables and won't leave anything behind. Finally, when there’s a need to decide, you tend to do it rightly.
In short, a self-motivation will help you take positive, good decisions at the right times. The uncertainty and doubts will not take place where there is a strong determination from within.
1. Self-Motivation keeps you going
It’s easy to quit. It’s easy to give up. Desperate times, challenges and difficulties can force us to quit.
But, our one burning desire will keep us going amidst whatever life throws at us. Even a simple reason has the ability to push us and keep us going. A spark of hope and confidence through self-motivation is all it takes to get back on track.
We don’t have to look anywhere. Look around and see people who keep going every day in the middle of life’s hustle and bustle. Inner hope and motivation are what keeps them going.
Look little up now. You can see people who have gone to the brink of collapse and yet here they are achieving in life. Self-motivation keeps kept them going.
To do something in life and to come out of trouble is what makes people good. This inner positive drive is what makes people overcome, to perform, to achieve, and stay on top.
You won’t quit. You won’t stop. You keep going when you have a pat in the back through self-motivation!
That’s how impactful self-motivation is.
2. It brings Positive Outcomes
Self-motivation brings a positive pattern towards how you perceive things, how you handle things and how good you are becoming.
The reason behind it is simple logic. When you are self-motivated, it means that in a way you are being in control of yourself. It means you are directing yourself. Responsibility comes to your shoulders here in handling and controlling your outcomes. Eventually, it makes you become self-aware and take care of your actions and behaviors.
Ultimately, it leads to more positive outcomes from you because you are becoming self-aware.
1. Self-Motivation helps in solving Hurdles confidently
Your problems get solved if you are confident and driven towards solving it.
People can help you, guide you, and support you. In the end, if you are not motivated from within to come out of the problem, things get difficult for you.
Self-motivation is a major tonic that people need to cure life’s problems! Without it, we are pretty much succumbing to troubles, difficulties, and aftermaths over and over again even.
Your inner drive should make you do the next best thing that could be done instead of worrying.
Similarly, Success and Dreams are not an easy catch. You will be faced with hurdles, difficulties, negativities, and challenges. That is when you keep motivating yourself to go forward. That’s what all the successful people today did. The same inner drive is what’s making the Up and coming people stay on track and chase their dreams.
In short, facing hurdles becomes easy for self-driven people. They don’t need an external push unless they want to.
2. Your Stay Focused
When I am driven by external factors and motivators, I tend to lose focus easily.
Meanwhile, if I am self-motivated and determined by my inner passion or aspiration, I tend to stay focused until the end. I won’t give in to distractions on a large scale.
The specialty of being self-motivated is that you stay focused.
Focus doesn’t mean always staying and looking after.
Focus is also regarding clarity in your goals, dreams, where you want to go, and what you want to do with your life. Distractions that make you lose focus could be demotivation, lack of resources, quitting, negativities, etc. But, self-motivation will help you overcome it easily and go chase dreams.
“Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be.” – Benjamin Hardy
1. Makes you Stay Humble
Self-motivation keeps people positive and happier.
In the face of differences, self-motivated individuals will often look at the silver lining. They give more importance to ‘what’s the good’ here. Instead, they don’t worry about what would have happened. And, they don’t create problems over what has happened.
Self-motivated people give importance to the present and make it as positive as they can.
Knowing themselves, knowing their good and bad makes them humbler day by day.
Self-motivated people will accept that they don’t know everything.
It all brings humbleness, the main key to sustain success and make it happen again.
2. Personal Drive keeps you Organized
When you are self-motivated, you tend to become organized. You save time. It becomes clear for you to understand what’s important and what you want to do.
Being organized comes when there is clarity in your vision, goals and end results.
Knowing your ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ becomes clear when you get things organized together. All the prerequisites, tasks, goals-for-the-day and to-do lists become easy for you.
You need to be organized to get the results. It’s possible when people are self-driven in achieving what they want.
Moreover, everything we do regarding the organizing, planning, scheduling, and executing come from a personal drive within.
The final point is, if you are clear and confident with what you want and how you want, all things fall in line. For that, you need to be organized in all possible ways that you could.
1. Self-Motivation will Drive you to Learn the Answers to Questions
Self-motivation will make you stop at nothing until you have all the variables and answers you need.
You need to know all the answers to questions that you have. Being stranded all alone is not an option for them. That is why self-driven people are curious to get answers to all questions that’ in front of them.
They will be driven by motivating questions like:
Why it can’t be done
What is hindering progress
What happens when I try it
What do I need to make this happen
How can I make things work
Where do I learn, and gather
How can I do it the right way
The ‘Why’s’ and ‘How’s’ will be predominant for people who are motivated from within.
Doubts, dilemmas, and uncertainties will not be on their agenda.
Basically, the self-motivated individuals will be determined to find answers to all problems and questions in life.
Self-motivation brings a determination and a strong-mind to resolve things that life throws at you.
2. You will have the confidence to Take Bigger Risks and Challenges
Highly self-driven people don’t hesitate to take bigger risks and challenges.
Maybe it’s their self-trust, skills, and other reasons. The main reason is, by being strongly motivated from within, they gain positivity, enthusiasm, confidence, and strength. It helps them in tackling challenges, tests, and trials in life and with their dreams.
They are willing to take big risks as well be ready to face whatever comes post.
Confidence to try new things, take risks, and courage to face life’s encounters comes from an encouragement within.
All it takes is a few minutes of courage and confidence to begin new things. It all happens when you are self-motivated.
1. Self-Motivation overcomes Negative Influences in Life
Here comes the best part.
When you a strongly self-driven person, it means you have the ability to knock down negativities easily.
Take an everyday self-motivation that we all give to ourselves. We all say “I can make it. I can do it. I can handle it”. These simple words are strong enough to deal with whatever happens in the day. I guess we all can relate and agree with it.
Negativities can discourage you, demean you. To an extent, it can kill your good spirits too. By being self-motivated and driven, you become strong enough to look at what’s more important.
If you still have second thoughts, look at all the achievers that we know. They have all come across negativities that we may or may not experience. Yet, they stay on top due to their positive motivation from within.
Ignoring negativities becomes stress-free when you are positive and motivated from within.
2. Helps in Understanding true Strength and Weakness of Oneself
You know who you are when you know your strengths and weaknesses.
In simple terms, a positively Self-motivated people will be clear with or at least, they will be in pursuit of understanding things like:
Who they are
What they can
What makes them good
What makes them bad
Where they Lag
Where they ‘Can’ and ‘Should’ Improve
What makes them strong
What makes them Weak
They learn it. They improvise from it.
Enhancing strengths and cutting their weaknesses step by step is what they do chiefly. That’s what makes them stay driven and stay enhanced.
1. Easier to Acquire Knowledge with Self-Motivation
You are driven to constant learning, knowledge gathering, and skill sharpening when you are self-motivated. Self-motivated individuals will be constant learners in life.
You find it easy and interesting to gather knowledge and learn when you are driven. It applies in every walk of life.
A successful footballer doesn’t stop right there.
They keep learning from their mistakes from previous matches. Same way, they keep learning new things and gather new knowledge from wherever they can to put in their game. This constant learning is a self-drive that’s keeping them stay on top of their game.
A humble student can end up being the most resourceful and knowledgeable person in society because the student will be strongly driven towards the learning process.
The one who is self-driven tends to acquire more knowledge curiously, willingly, and excitingly than those who learn due to external factors.
2. It Helps you to Actively Pursue Personal Interest
We have seen where ‘What started as a hobby has gone on to become a multimillion business setups’. How is it possible? It’s simple. People choose to do things that they like. Most importantly, their self-trust and self-motivation gave them the confidence to pursue what they like.
People gain the confidence of ‘I think I can pull this off’ because of an innate positive desire. It only comes when they are highly self-motivated.
You will actively pursue your interest, passion, dreams, and goals when you are self-motivated.
“If everything seems to be under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti
Self-Motivation is indeed the biggest strength that one could have. Accomplished people across the globe are all highly self-motivated individuals driven towards their goals and dreams. Self-motivation is not just about achieving goals and dreams. To get ‘every day’ on the wheels of life and keep it running without any hassle takes motivation form within.
Still, have your doubts about self-motivation and strength?
Let me ask you a few questions here.
Have you ever thought what makes people successful?
Ever wondered what all the successful achievers and performers have in common that we don’t?
It’s their strong Self-Motivation.
People are still on top because they are driven to date by their self-motivation. Those people don’t stop after success.
Even after achieving it, accomplished people keep going because of their intense self-drive and self-motivation. That is why they stay on top of the success game.
Self-motivation is an intrinsic positive feeling. It’s very unique like every individual. Sometimes, you cannot stop that inner voice and self-drive that pulls you to act.
Simple Self-Motivated situation for you in Daily Life:
Imagine you waking up.
What will you do?
Your mind starts working on ‘what to do next’. This is a self-drive. It makes you do consequent things to get the day started. It’s an intrinsic drive that acts like a routine about what to do as soon as you wake up.
Instead, if you want to go back and sleep again, what happens?
You can either be motivated to get things done or motivated yourself to take more rest. In a way, it’s a self-drive too.
What happens when it comes to Work?
The next thing in mind would be working.
Things to learn, people to meet, work to be done will come to the scene. The thought of ‘Ok, Let’s do some productive things today. Let’s get things done’ at work is a self-motivation.
If there’s no intrinsic drive, you will not be clear about what to do and where to start with work.
When happens when it comes to Dreams and Goals?
Dreams and goals are fueled by Self-Motivation and nothing else.
Self-Motivation will drag you out of the bed without any external factors. The dreams and goals you have will motivate you every day.
Our tasks, habits, behaviors, surroundings, how good we are with people, the way we work, etc. are all driven by one or another way of self-motivation.
Here are the reasons and aspects that will convince you to believe how self-motivation is actually the biggest strength.
1. Easier to Acquire Knowledge with Self-Motivation
2. It Helps you to Actively Pursue Personal Interest
3. Self-Motivation overcomes Negative Influences in Life
4. Self-Motivation will Drive you to Learn the Answers to Questions
5. Helps in Understanding true Strength and Weakness of Oneself
6. You will have the confidence to Take Bigger Risks and Challenges
7. Makes you Stay Humble
8. Personal Drive keeps you Organized
9. Self-Motivation helps in solving Hurdles confidently
10. Your Stay Focused
11. Self-Motivation keeps you going
12. It brings Positive Outcomes
13. Makes you utilize every opportunity
14. You get clarity with Decision Making
15. Self-Motivation improves Self-Esteem
16. You will know what you really ‘Want’
17. You don’t need external Supervision
18. Self-Drive lets you accomplish more in a Day
19. Limited Distractions for you
20. Self-Motivated Individuals are Originals
Self-motivation brings a fiery desire in people that make them reach a peak all the way from a little place down. It makes you stop at no hurdles and nothing else until you reach your goal.
Life will not always be a bed of roses. During desperate times and challenges, people can easily and gracefully get out with strong self-motivation. Dreams and goals become true when there is self-motivation and hard work.
Self-Motivation brings a push, courage, and a level of confidence that no one or nothing can make you experience.
I like to conclude with a quote here. It goes like this. “Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you”.
I hope this post has justified and given you correlated answers to the question of ‘Is Self-Motivation a Strength?.
1. Master Everything
We can see people who want to be good at everything. They want to be on top of the game in everything they do, and everywhere they go. This motivates people.
But there are other people too. In the wake of being top of the game, you tend to ignore other people and their chances.
There are positives and negatives of driving yourself to master everything.
2. To be the best
It’s a little different from Mastery of everything. To be the best in what they do motivates people.
People don’t tend to master all; they just do what feels best of their efforts.
To be the best and to give the best is a good motivating factor within people.
There’s no downside to it. But, it could become an obsession leading to ignoring genuine opinions or mistakes.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.