Staying motivated can be tough. It’s a crazy world out there and there are a lot of ways we’re told we can’t do things. These are some of the things I’ve found to help me stay motivated:

1. Keep the end goal in mind.

This is by far the most important aspect of staying motivated. If I don’t have an end goal in mind, I can’t really function. I need to know what I’m working towards.

2. Choose to work on things that matter.

Your end goal should mean something to you. It doesn’t have to be something that changes the world, but at the very least your end goal should make you happy. If it doesn’t, what’s going to motivate you in the first place?

3. Take care of your physical needs.

It’s really difficult to keep going, to work hard, to give your all, when your body is drooping from exhaustion and malnutrition. Take care of your physical needs, get the right amount of sleep, eat properly and exercise.

4. Keep track of how you’re doing.

A big part of staying motivated is keeping track of the progress you are making. This is something I continually have to work at. I’m always willing to beat myself up about how I’m not “there” yet, how I need to do more, work harder, etc. But it’s important to recognize how far you’ve come. The progress you have made.

5. Work hard.

This one seems self-explanatory. But the fact remains that many people don’t achieve their goals simply because they don’t work hard enough. Great things don’t come without work and a lot of it. By working hard you’ll make faster progress. Progress is the best motivation.

6. Spend time with motivated people or don’t spend time with people at all.

That sounds harsh, but it’s necessary. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Unmotivated people will drag you down. Surround yourself with people who are just as hard working, motivated and inspired as you are and you’ll have an easier time.

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