Staying motivated and inspired

By: Vincent Tran

Published on: August 16, 2022

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Coming to Canada is a big step in your life and sometimes finding the motivation to push forward can be difficult. A big part of being productive and efficient in life and work comes down to whether you want to take action or not. 

Some people are good at always keeping on top of things and having their priorities in line, but others may feel the need to be inspired to do things and get tasks finished. That’s why it is very important to stay motivated and have a sense of purpose.  

So if you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed or lacking inspiration in life, here are a few tips to help you stay motivated.  

And if you ever feel like you’re having trouble getting your ideas down on the paper and feel like you have writer’s block, check out this article by The Newcomer

Why is motivation so important?

Being motivated to do things in life is very crucial. It helps you push yourself to greater heights and allows you to achieve big milestones.

Motivation can help you work through obstacles that you may encounter and it helps you push through your fears. It helps you stay focused on tasks and goals that you may set in your life. 

It can also make you feel much better about yourself and help others around you as well. Motivation has many benefits for not only your mental health, but also your physical well-being and how you carry yourself around others. 

Being motivated can make you happier and also push you to do many things, such as working out to get in better shape. Motivation is also contagious and can spread to others around you, which is great because then you’ll be surrounded by people who are always striving for their goals and they can help push you further to achieve your own goals. It can also help you stay organised and plan things out well because you’ll always be on top of your tasks. 

Losing motivation or inspiration will disrupt many things in your life and is a big obstacle in itself, that’s why it’s important to try to be as motivated as you possibly can be. 

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Take some time to relax and build a routine

It’s always a good idea to take some time for yourself. Sometimes taking a break from what you’re doing or just relaxing for a bit can help you greatly. If you’re ever feeling like you’re lacking motivation or inspiration, take a short break to re-collect yourself and come back later.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about being in Canada and feel a bit lost, try to embrace your surroundings. Take a walk around your city and take in all the sights you see. You can use this time to clear your mind and refocus on the important things in your life. 

Even something as simple as watching a few videos on the internet can help take your mind away from things that may be stressing you. 

Also make sure to turn this into a routine. Do different things everyday, or if you enjoy, for example, taking walks to clear your mind, make it a daily routine. Having a routine can go a long way to help you stay motivated and inspired. 

You can do things that help you relax such as cooking lunch for yourself or playing an instrument. If these things help you relax and refocus, then incorporate them into your daily routine. For example, each day you could play your guitar for half an hour to an hour and learn new songs or play songs that you enjoy. This could help take your mind off things that may be stressing you out and it is also enjoyable and will improve your guitar skills. 

Dedicate some time everyday to just focus on yourself and do things that ease your mind, so you can feel recharged and ready to go forward. If you’re too busy with work or other important things, try your best to do something you enjoy during the free time you may have, whether it be five minutes or less. Humans are creatures of habit, so keep a good healthy routine when you go about your day. 

Stay in contact with others

At times, it can be hard to find motivation by yourself, that’s why checking in on others and seeing what other people are doing can help motivate you and get you inspired to do things in your own life.

You can talk to people who are close to you, like your friends and family, and they can help get you on track and push you to go further. Those that are close to you might know you just as well as you know yourself, so they could play a big role in helping you stay motivated. 

If you’re lacking the motivation to study, then ask one of your friends to study with you and try to work together. If you’re in the same class, that’s even better because you’ll be able to bounce ideas off one another and learn faster that way. Studying together could motivate you to do well on your test or to finish your course with a good grade. 

If you’re feeling unmotivated at work, try speaking to your fellow coworkers to get tasks done together. Having a work buddy can help you out because they can be there to assist you if you run into trouble and they can also help keep you focused and on track. Your coworkers could help push you to keep working and by seeing them work hard, it could motivate you to be like them as well and push you to finish your tasks. 

Reconnecting with friends that you haven’t spoken to in a while and seeing how they’re doing in their lives could also help you out as well. Making new friends or speaking to people you come across could push you outside of your comfort zone and act as a source of motivation for you.

Getting to know other people can be a good way for you to build stronger relationships with others, but it can also act as a good lesson when listening to other people’s struggles and inspire you to take on the obstacles in your life. 

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Take another look at your goals 

Everyone finds motivation in different ways. Some people are able to be motivated by reading inspirational quotes or stories, while some need someone else to tell them that they are capable of doing things. But, one thing for sure is that setting goals or having a look at your priorities is a great way to get you back on track. 

Never lose sight of your goals and the things you want to achieve. Getting your priorities straight can help push you towards accomplishing your tasks. Sometimes having a little voice in the back of your head reminding you to do things could act as a bit of motivation for yourself. 

A good thing to do is to set daily reminders on your calendar or on your phone. Make sure to put your goals or reminders in a place where you are most likely to see it as often as possible. You could set a list of your goals as your lock screen wallpaper, so that every time you wake up and check your phone, your goals will be one of the first things you see. 

Try to set as many goals as you can for yourself because once you achieve one goal, you can start working on the next one and eventually turn it into a cycle for yourself so that you always have something to strive towards.

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