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Motivation 101

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Jun. 19 2013, Published 7:51 a.m. ET

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Often times I find myself, around 1 p.m. or so, still lying in bed scrolling through my Instagram/Twitter timeline looking at those with envious lifestyles. Sure, it may appear that they have an easy life filled of travel and boozy brunches, but I know those individuals worked hard to play hard. So why can’t I get up, get out, and get something?

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I know I’m capable of much more and my ambition stretches to the moon and back. I know I could’ve been a lot further in life had I not turned down promising opportunities due to doubts and fear. And I constantly inquire internally, what’s stopping me? I live in one of the biggest cities in the world with unlimited opportunities; a place where people only dream of residing and I’m taking it for granted? I know, I know. The obvious response is “What are you waiting for?!” But that’s easier said than done. And no matter what city/state/country you live in, young adults everywhere struggle with motivation. Ambition is not the problem, the issue comes when trying to find motivation to achieve my ambitions.

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It’s challenging to wake up every morning and go to work/school/etc. when there’s no one standing over you and making you go. But the guilt weighs heavier on me than fear ever could. When I sit back and begin to realize how blessed I am and how many people would kill to have the opportunities I have, I feel reprehensible. When I moved to NYC at the age of 18, I had my mind and heart set on taking the city by storm. And just three years later, I’ve lost some of that spark.

Here are a few tips on how to get your mojo back:

  • Set a date and commit to it
  • Break the routine
  • Don’t lose sight on your goals

(Read more motivational tips here.)

Bottom line, we’re all adults here. I could easily post some hackneyed quote like “It always seems impossible until it’s done” or “Opportunity doesn’t knock, it presents itself when you beat at its door,” but you know that already or else you wouldn’t be reading this. If you’ve been putting off exercising or applying for a job you know you’ll land, do it. You only have one life to live.

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