Staying Motivated

Students often make the mistake of believing that a person is either motivated or not.  In reality, people who appear to be motivated in everything they do have just been successful in understanding how to motivate themselves in a variety of settings and tasks.  Two things contribute to your motivation for any task: what you expect from yourself and what value you place on achieving a goal.  The key to motivation is understanding that you have the power to change both your expectations of yourself and the value placed on a task.   

What is Motivation

People generally believe that a person is either motivated or they are not. In reality, motivation can change and those people who appear to be motivated in everything they do have just been successful in understanding how to motivate themselves in a variety of settings and tasks.

How can I get Motivated?

Getting motivated is a process to be undertaken purposefully. It does not always come naturally, especially when confronted with a task with which you are not excited. With a little work, however, you will be able to motivate yourself for any task that you face at U-M. Follow the following strategies for help in getting motivated.