How To Get Better Grades - Motivate Me To Study

By Lachlan Haynes

The single biggest reason cited for not competing tasks is the lack of motivation. If you're like everybody else in the entire universe then at one point or another you will lack the motivation to do something. Welcome to the club. There are about 6 billion human members plus a few million animals as well (that's right animals can be lazy too).

If you're someone that feels they are always motivated then my hat goes off to you! You are one of the lucky ones. You've found that perfect level of inspiration, dedication and perspiration. But for most people (and most students) the feeling of low or no motivation is a really challenging issue.

When lacking motivation, simple and seemingly innocuous tasks can somehow become huge mountainous challenges. But why?

Well, when you feel 'motivated', it's easy to stay focused over a long period of time and work diligently towards your goal. However, when you are not feeling 'motivated' you will have virtually zero focus and the chances you will even start the task are minuscule. Either that or it will require someone threatening you with something before you'll get started on your work (like a parent taking away your iPad or a teacher removing you from the class). That's not a great way to get motivated!

As a general rule, most people are operating on the base level of motivation - which is fear of negative consequences. What do I mean by this? Well, we act out of concern about what will happen if we don't act. For example, you may complete your homework because if you don't you will be grounded. You may strive to get an A on your Maths test because if you don't your average will drop which will impact your ability to get into University or College. It's not necessarily a "bad thing" but it's the way we are conditioned to behave.

You see, if there was no negative consequences what would happen to the world? Would everyone still behave themselves in an orderly way? Or would there be total panic and disorder? How would the world run itself if there was no negative motivation? It's actually a scary thought!

Fear as a motivational tool is actually important. It creates order and maintains the norm. It allows a society to function properly. However, that doesn't mean it should be the reason you do whatever you do on a daily basis. You see, fear of consequences also leads to great resentment and suppression. So acting only out of fear is not the way to become truly motivated.

Whilst "existing" may work for you for a period of time (and for many people it works for their entire lives) it doesn't both work and lead to a positive approach to life. The motivation we seek to promote is one where you want to complete the tasks you do for positive reasons.

True motivation is when you don't act out of fear, but instead you act out of possibilities. You act out of the possibility of what doing the task may bring to your life. The possibility of wealth (there are more forms of wealth than just monetary), the possibility of health, the possibility of love, or the possibility of some form of prosperity. This is the entire foundation for positive motivation - and the real kicker is that it's more powerful than any form of negative motivation could ever be.

Each time you do anything, you need only ask yourself one question. Is this act an act of possibility or an act of fear? Unfortunately, most of us act out of fear. Find your possibility and you will have found your true motivating force. Once you find that, the rest will seem like a pleasure. Good luck!

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