(Editor's choice: A look back at an article from last year found in the Counselor's Corner.)
As students, we have all lacked motivation at one point or another. You may be lacking motivation at this current moment. As we arrive to the halfway point in our semester, use these tips in order to maintain motivation. Below are a few ways to recapture what you cannot afford to lose!
Set goals: Be sure they are realistic and achievable. Start small.
Establish rewards for progress toward your goal.
Expect setbacks and when they happen, redirect and renew your energy toward your goals. Do not give up!
Use the power of positive thinking and believe in yourself. Overcome discouragement.
Tell others what you are trying to accomplish and seek support from loved ones.
Learn to say no to options and distractions that deter you from your goal. Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Establish a routine and regular exercise or meditate. Say a prayer or do some yoga, even if it is only for 15 minutes at the start of your day. This will help you to cultivate discipline.
Use positive imagery to help you achieve your goals. Imagine yourself as you will be and feel when your goal is achieved.
Spend time reflecting or talking to others about what has stopped you from achieving your goals.
Post reminders and inspirational quotes in prominent places about what you want to achieve.
Get professional help and support to overcome physical or mental roadblocks (depression and anxiety are just two examples) and to bolster your efforts, no matter how small they may seem.
Practice extreme self-care. Good health is essential to positive thinking and feeling, which will take you a long way toward achieving your goals.
* This article originally appeared during the week of March 7, 2016 and provided to The Chase by Counseling and Career Services.