Sustaining motivation can be tough under the best of circumstances. So how can you stay motivated when you received a negative answer for the job you wanted, you are out of money and to add some fun, you have an emotional breakdown ! Motivation is not a pill that you can take and carry on, motivation is something that you can create and use it to go back to the battlefield !
This is the list of some “very basic” steps that everyone should do before starting a project:
1. Set a goal and visualize it down to the most minute detail.
2. Make a list of the things that you will get when you accomplish the goal.
3. Break the main goal down into smaller pieces and set intermediary milestones — and rewards for-each one.
4. Have a strategy, but be prepared to change course.
5. Get the help you need. (friends, best friends and family are the best ones to talk to)
6. Pre-determine how you will deal with flagging motivation. (This is very important it is not being pessimist, but realistic because -almost- every project at same level your motivation will not be the same)
7. Continually check in with your reasons for carrying on.
This basic steps are more developed in one of the best selling books “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
Just to give my own “tools” on the 6 step, when I lack motivation, i usually have some kinds of stories of successful scientists, entrepreneurs, etc. that i read, these stories highlight the difficulties these people went through to get where they are/were. I also have some movies to watch (Rush 2013 is one of them !). Some music can help too, the idea is to use what ever will give you that stat of mind to not give up no matter what the difficulties are, as Randy Pausch said in his Last Lecture, walls are there to see how much badly we want to accomplish our goals.
and to finish this post with beautiful poem:
I will persist until I succeed.
I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.
by Og Mandino