Motivation isn't just a burst of energy or an occasional adrenaline rush; it's a continuous journey marked by highs and lows. At its core, motivation is deeply personal and dynamically influenced by internal desires and external circumstances. It's the reason artists continue to paint, writers keep writing, and athletes push beyond their limits, even when the immediate rewards seem distant.

Motivation is driven by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Internal rewards like personal satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment that we derive from activities that align with our passions and values. Conversely, extrinsic motivation comes from outside us. It includes rewards such as money, recognition, and praise. T

Understanding and balancing these motivational forces is crucial.

One key aspect of staying motivated is setting realistic goals. Ambition is a powerful stimulant, but when goals are set too high, they can become demotivating. By breaking larger objectives into smaller, manageable tasks. Check out the SLC tipsheet on chunking.

There will always be setbacks. Viewing them not as failures but as integral parts of the learning process can reframe challenges as opportunities for growth.

Surrounding yourselves with supportive and like-minded individuals. The encouragement and feedback from others can help sustain our drive, particularly during times when our internal motivation wanes.