Discover your motivation to succeed

Rachel Astleford Columnist

Finding motivation can be one of the hardest games of hide and seek.

One minute, I have it and it’s right there in my brain and heart. 

The next minute, I can’t seem to summon it, no matter what I do. Not having it makes me just want to stay in bed all day. 

Motivation is not always going to be there. 

I believe most of you already know this, especially since we’re nearing the end of the fall semester. 

I find myself struggling to find motivation to finish out strong sometimes. Yet, some days I feel motivated. 

So how do we win this game of hide and seek with motivation? 

There’s no right or wrong answer. 

Different people have particular tactics when it comes to maintaining or finding motivation. 

It helps to remind myself of a goal or to make a new goal for myself. 

Ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish. 

Why am I trying so hard to pass this class? Why am I trying to eat healthy? Why am I working to master this skill? 

What is the overall goal?

You must question the purpose of your actions if you expect yourself to find the motivation to carry them out. 

Most of us are mentally over this semester and just want our classes to be done. 

This is where we need to seek out the motivation to drive us until Winter Break. 

I keep telling myself that I can do it. I keep reminding myself that finishing the semester strong is for the best. I keep telling myself not to get lazy with my studying. 

I just keep reminding myself to seek out the motivation currently hiding from me. 

The reason some people are so successful compared to others is that they are constantly seeking out motivation while others are leaving motivation in its “hiding spot.” 

These people never bother to find motivation again after it disappears. 

You need to seek out motivation constantly. 

I know it likes to hide, but you have to find it if you plan to reach your goals. 

Never settle for being average. I can’t stress that enough. 

So, if you can master the game of hide and seek with motivation, you can master anything you want to do. 

It’s just a matter of finding it and using it to your advantage. 

Rachel Astleford is a nutrition & dietetics major at SDSU and can be reached at [email protected]