1. Who you are is more
valuable than what you do. Your worth as a person is not based on your
intelligence, your grades, how hard you work. It is enough to be you.
2. Respect and value the
opinions of others - but realize that ultimately you must respect and satisfy
3. Practice impulse control by
imagining the consequences of your actions. How will you feel afterwards?
Then, act so that you will be satisfied with yourself.
4. Write out a plan for
yourself. Jot down personal and academic goals and priorities, and reread them
when you're in a slump.
5. Don't worry about or dwell
on things that go wrong. Concentrate on your successes. Remember that little
successes build up just as quickly as little failures.
6. Give yourself time to
change. Forgive yourself for backsliding and making mistakes.
7. Don't be a perfectionist.
Make approaching your goals the basis of your self-respect rather than
reaching your goals.
8. Don't allow feelings of
inadequacy to get you down. Think about all the things you do have going
9. If you're feeling down or
hopeless, imagine the worst that could happen - exaggerate your fantasies - and
then laugh at them. Do this to put yourself and your current situation in
When you're down, go to someone whom
you know cares for you and ask him or her to give you a "pep talk," reminding
you of your good qualities and talents and abilities and/or make a list of your
good qualities and read them when you need to.
10. Be willing to risk failure
for something you really care about. Be willing to risk success, too!
If you're irrationally afraid of
something, do it a lot; the fear will wear off.
Learn to recognize, sooner, events
which are not turning out as they should - and act to redirect them to your
About your work:
No one else is forcing you to do
your work. You've decided to take it on. Don't waste your energy in hostility
toward others. Accept and live with your own decisions.
Start early. The sooner you start,
the sooner you'll be free to do other activities, the less worry you'll
experience, the more time you'll have to recover from mistakes and wrong
Expect a certain amount of tension.
Use that tension as energy to get yourself moving.
Different people have different
styles of working. For example, some people need competition to do their best,
while others work better at their own pace. Respect your work style and arrange
the conditions you need to do well.
If you have a long, hard task, make
it as comfortable for you as possible. Do it in short bits (but stay with it),
do it wearing comfortable clothes, among friends, in familiar surroundings, with
whatever you need to keep your spirits up while you work at it.
Pure, unadulterated motivation is
rare (most of the time); you just have to keep plugging away.
If necessary, pause every now and
then to remind yourself why you have chosen to take on certain work, what you
expect to get out of it. Give yourself a pep talk.
When you've done something you feel
good about, reward yourself with a treat: you deserve it!
Completed tasks keep interest and
motivation at a higher level. Try to complete a task, accomplish a sub-goal,
before you quit for the day.
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