Listen While Reading: I’ll Be Good // Jaymes Young.
As I am writing this, I have Julie Andrews’s voice propelling ‘I Have Confidence,’ which has been stuck in my head in a loop. It’s such a catchy song that once it’s in your head, it’s hard for it to get out. Listening to this song inspired me to pull out my laptop and begin typing away.
I was sitting at work earlier, staring out the large windows with my chin propped up on my hands. There is a grocery store directly across, and I was watching people go in and come out with carts full of bags. It was interesting to see so many people living their own lives. And I began to think that every person had a certain reason and purpose to go to the market today. They had a specific motivation to take time out of their daily lives to drive all the way to the store. It might have been on the sole purpose to stock the house up, or perhaps someone was making a special dinner tonight. And then I began to think about motivation in itself and how it plays an important role in our lives.
For a while, school had become a little hard for me because I didn’t have that motivation within myself to focus and study. I was trying to balance work, school time, and figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. It had all become a giant ball of stress. But that’s when I put my foot down and decided that I couldn’t go down a path that was becoming a barrier. What I needed was to find some good ol’ motivation.
The first thing I started to do was not focus so much on the future, but rather the present. I always focused on things that could only happen three or five or ten years from now. But now I go day by day. I’m still getting a little used to it, but it has surprisingly made life in general easier. I’m not as stressed out and I can get so many more tasks done. And because I get things done, I feel good and feel motivated to do more.
When I sit down to do homework, and most of it has to be done on the computer, distraction is my biggest problem. I end up on some sort of shopping site or watch a 10-part miniseries. So I have to really motivate myself to focus on the task at hand. For me, music is that motivation. I choose a song I have been obsessed with or songs that are very upbeat, and it calms my mind. But music doesn’t only help me with homework. I blast music on in my car to get me pepped up for a long day at school or for a hectic work day. Music never fails to make life its own exciting adventure.
I have also been planning things to do at the end of the week so I have something to look forward to. I plan trips to the beach, the bookstore, or even a little coffee shop in town. These little things motivate me to get through the week.
Fill your life with motivation in any way that you can. It might be buying a delicious cup of coffee in the morning, or perhaps planning a weekend getaway with friends and family, or maybe even for just yourself. Do a whole musical number before you sit down and commit to serious homework or a long task. Visit a museum for some inspiration. Motivate yourself with little things, and before you know it, you’ll see that motivation is there right in the palm of your hands.
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