How to stay a motivated learner and don’t lose interest?
I believe there is no “one size fits all recipe.” Different people are motivated by other things. I agree with those who say there is a difference between motivation and inspiration. You can be inspired by the desire to work hard and get a promotion or save enough money to buy a house; motivation is a driving force behind our actions. Inspiration comes within you and can provide the willingness necessary to spark your drive. As for me, motivation and inspiration go hand in hand. You cannot be motivated forever, but if you find something inspiring, you will see how learning becomes much more accessible. Inspiration drives us, whereas motivation is a pulling force – combine them, and you will find the key to success!
Revise your learning goals and content once in a while.
First off, you need to have a goal. That will be perfect if you manage to set a SMART learning goal: A plan that is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. When you have an aim, it’s easier to see the result of the efforts made, and you end up being fulfilled. So, take some time to revise your goals from time to time to check whether they are still relevant and meaningful for you. You might want to make the most of your learning to stay motivated. You need to have a chance to apply your new skills and have a ground for success cases.
When it comes to increasing your engagement and staying motivated, a good idea would be to get an “accountability buddy.” It can be a friend or partner (or any other social support person) to help you follow through on your commitment, encourage your wins, and not just guilt-trip you into messing up. Positive reinforcement is potent for keeping us motivated, especially in the long run. On top of that, define your learning style to get better results out of educating process and optimize your study habits. You can explore the VARK model and look into Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic styles to identify unique modes of learning that help you tailor your strategy.
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