The Balance You Need To Stay Motivated

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A dreamer and a realist?


Being driven isn’t easy. Some people are born with the drive, and some people must teach themselves how to work for what they want. Once you have it, it’s not holding onto it that is the true difficulty, because it never actually leaves you. So many may envy someone’s incredibly savvy work ethic, but it is not as simple as may seem, nor is it easy for someone of that nature to maintain that level of drive at all times. The true struggle that is paired with being a motivated person is trying to find a balanced mindset. There are generally two extremes to the thought process of a motivated person. Either everything is working in your favor, or everything you dreamed about is falling free from your grasp.  

Extreme One: The Dreamer

This is the plan-making level. The level of thought that makes magic happen, and makes everything be seen in a positive, and possible light. This could be comparable to being “positive thinking,” but it’s more than that, because you’re acting on it. Everything seems to be working in your favor because you’re making it happen, and that’s because you FEEL like you can make it happen. Your confidence is at an all time high, and nothing seems impossible. 

Extreme Two: The Pessimistic Realist

This is where you stew in your own failures, and you doubt your abilities in everything. You know how capable you are of accomplishing anything, so any weakness expressed in your performance makes you question yourself completely, and you become hesitant in any pursuit you consider. Because you are so self-motivated, you are also smart, and not only you know what it takes to be successful, you know how good you could do what ever it is that you’re shooting for. You know what potential you have, yet you still re-assess your abilities. If you fail, you’re more disappointed in yourself than anything.  

The Challenge: To Find Balance

On top of seeking success and reaching your fullest potential, you must also realize that you are not perfect. You can’t do absolutely everything all at once because you are only one person, no matter how capable you may feel. Being motivated takes a balance optimistic and realistic thinking. Optimism is what pushes you to reach for something you want, and being realistic will help you approach that goal as efficiently and effectively as possible. Telling yourself that something may be out of your reach is far more beneficial than telling yourself that you are a failure.  

Being motivated is so much more than just being lucky to have such a strong work ethic that makes you surpass your peers. It is a mental game that can mess with your head at the absolute worst times, and you must constantly fight with yourself to keep a level head. The real goal for someone like this is to keep doing what they do without any downfalls, without any sudden doubts, and without any dangerous jumps.

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Rachel Jimenez

An Exercise Science major at USF with a love for dance, food, and sarcastic banter. Oh, and she was gluten free before it was cool. instagram: @sassycalves twitter: @itsraayy

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