Motivation 101

Joe Zylka news editor
Joe Zylka
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The grind must be year-round to ensure sucess
As the winter semester winds down to a close, students across campus and the nation are prepping for finals. The libraries are jammed, study halls overfilled and motivation captivates most.
Despite the enthusiasm that spreads at the end of the semester, the question that must be asked is, where was this motivation throughout the term?
When observing highly successful people, one can see they stand out from the rest because of their work ethic and ability to get tasks done in a timely and efficient manner. The work ethic among successful people is not present just around finals time or at the beginning of the semester; it is a year-round, sometimes lifetime commitment to becoming a better student, person, spouse and/or parent.
What can one do to become highly motivated and successful throughout all areas of life? Here are a few ideas.
Whether the goal is to lose weight, stop smoking, get better grades or become a better person/community member, a goal must first be set. Goals can take years to achieve, but making a list stating the reasons why one wants to achieve the goal is a great place to start. When the feeling of quitting eventually starts to creep in, one can look back and remember why they embarked on the journey to begin with.
College football fans have probably heard the University of Oregon’s football slogan, which is “Win the Day.” This slogan can also help one in their quest to stay motivated and achieve their goals.
Each day, one must fight the battle between doing what is necessary to achieve their goals or reverting back to the same habits that prevent one from reaching those goals.
Take, for example, a student who wants to raise their grade. The student has the choice to knock out homework and start studying for a test in advance or they can “study later” and instead chat with friends, go home, sleep, watch Netflix, etc.
One must Win the Day— work harder and win those daily, internal battles to achieve their goals.
The great Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Have a strategy in place when setting up goals in order to navigate the tough process in achieving them. However, be willing to change and modify that strategy on the fly.
Motivation is not a pill one can swallow or drive to a local convenience store to pick up on the way home from work. However, it is something that lies within all of us, and in order to realize your full potential, motivation must be brought to the surface and used year-round.
Remember, one must set goals and make a list, win the day and strategize in order to achieve both long term and short-term goals.
No matter what goals one embarks on this summer, remember the powerful words of the late Jim Valvano at his famous 1993 speech at the ESPY’s, “Don’t give up! Don’t ever give up!”