D. Developing Motivation

You can nurture motivating thoughts and get rid of negative ones so that you focus on the task at hand. Psychologists call this "the power of belief".

According to psychologists there are 3 main reasons for loosing motivation:
Lack of confidence – if you don't think you can succeed, you don't even try. Don't focus on past failures and personal weaknesses. Try instead to focus on past success and be realistic. You may not be perfect but you are not an idiot either.
Lack of clear goals – if you haven't made your goals clear, it is not possible to work to achieve them. Try to focus on short-term achievable goals and define how you should reach each of them. Consider long-term goals and relate the short-term goals to them. If you want to have your IB diploma in two years, you need strategies to achieve it. It is not enough to dream.
Lack of strategies to reach the goals – if there are no specific plans on how to take action in a focused way, there is not much chance of success. Improving your study skills (e.g. planning, optimizing reading and writing skills) is an efficient strategy. Learning to prioritize, self-motivate and overcome setbacks is another. Psychologists have found that self-discipline is more important in success than IQ. Take a look at http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2005/12/self-discipline-matters-...
("Research Digest" The British Psychological Society. December 2005. Web. 31 May 2011)

Motivation is important but how can you motivate yourself? http://www.studygs.net/motivation.htm
("Motivating Yourself" Study Guides and Strategies. 2010. Web. 31 May 2011)
Some tricks to help you if you don't really feel like doing what you have to do.

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