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The key to staying motivated

Words by Laura McClintock, 1st Year International Development. 

We all have aspirations that we want to achieve in life, but for some of us staying motivated to achieve them can be difficult. 

Best-selling author Simon Sinek says that one of the first things you should establish when trying to achieve something is ‘why’ you are trying to achieve this in the first place. The reason behind this is that when the going gets tough (and it always does) you can motivate yourself with your ‘why’. 


Your ‘why’ is the reason you are doing what you are doing. If you are an undergraduate, perhaps you chose to study at university in order to get your dream job, or progress onto further study. If you are trying to stick to a new workout routine, maybe you chose to do this so that you are able to play with your animals or children without getting exhausted. Your why doesn’t have to be revolutionary, but it helps to remember why you are doing what you are doing with your time in order to stay on track. 


However, perhaps you do not have a goal in mind; often we experience lack of motivation with a complete lack of direction. It may help to take some time to think about what your goals are.  

Some questions that may help with this; am I happy? Am I doing what I enjoy? If not, what steps could I take to change this? What am I good at? Where do I want to be in 5 years’ time? 10 years’ time? What are the steps I need to take to achieve this? 


Once you know what you want to achieve, and more importantly, why you want to achieve it, you can remind yourself of this when you find yourself needing motivation to carry on. 

About Taz Usher

Print Editor of The Spark Newspaper.

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