Why do you want to be successful?
Motivation is the energy to study, to achieve and to maintain these positive behaviors over time. Here are some suggestions to increase and improve your motivation:
- Success builds success. Get into the success cycle. Everybody wants to be successful, but you should be willing to do the hard work to have a successful start. When you feel the job becomes too hard, just remind yourself that your success today will help you to be more successful tomorrow. Studying is like putting credit into your bank account. Every effort counts.
- Realize that your college study is the foundation for your success in your future. The knowledge learned in the first year is needed in subsequent courses. Many of your future projects and problems in your major will come down to whether you can do the related basic math and sciences. With a better background, your potential for success is much improved.
- Make learning your number one priority. Socializing and recreational activities, although important and not to be ignored, should take a back seat to learning.
- Set realistic goals. Try setting goals during a specific time interval such as a day, week, or term. When your job is too big, cut it into small parts. Then it will be easier for you to see what you have achieved and you will be better motivated to continue.
- Recognize when you need to increase effort and when you need to focus on underdeveloped abilities. Highly motivated students view their effort and ability as the most important factors of their success.
- Get to know your professors. Use your professor to guide your activities and give you feedback. This may influence the professors' positive feelings about you and at grading time, this may prove advantageous.
- Reward yourself a little to maintain your motivation.
- Compete with yourself. Keep bettering your previous grades rather than focusing on the performance of others.