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5 Real Life Motivational Stories to Help You Study Harder

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5 Real Life Motivational Stories to Help You Study Harder

Let’s face it, studying is hard work. But if you’re honest with yourself you know that all the effort will pay off in the end. Doing well in school will mean you have a better chance of getting the career you really want. Okay, so you knew that already.

But did you know that someone who studies harder and more effectively is far more likely to become a better person too?

You may ask, how?

Industrious students are better prepared for higher levels of education and training. They are more likely to develop lasting and positive habits. That’s why it goes without saying that doing well in school will help you find your true passion. It will also encourage you to establish yourself as an individual.

But wait, there’s more:

Achieving a good education empowers you to fully participate in your civic environment; it will make you a more effective consumer as well as maximize your career options in life.

In other words, if you study harder and more effectively, you will MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the world around you.

No one said it’s going to be easy. There will be times when you’ll feel like giving up. Don’t.

History is filled with famous people who failed before they achieved their goals. At times, they too struggled with a chronic lack of motivation and self-doubt and felt they would never realize their goals and dreams.

But they stuck at it, and we can all thank them for making our world a better place.

Here are just a 5 of those people who despite hardship, won through to become the greatest and best in their fields– not by giving in, but by wrestling the proverbial quill from the hand of fate and using it to write their own stories.

1. Winston Churchill

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was an army officer, a writer, and a British statesman who went on to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.

Churchill is famous for leading the British people through some of their darkest hours when they stood against Nazi Germany in the Second World War, but did you know that he failed sixth grade? And not only that, Churchill suffered defeat at every public role he ever ran for and didn’t get to be Prime Minister until he reached the ripe age of 62.

2. Thomas Edison

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Born in Ohio in 1847, Thomas Alva Edison was once told by his teachers that he was “…too stupid to learn anything,” and that he “should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality”.

As a child, Edison suffered from scarlet fever, but that never stopped him from playing with the chemistry lab his mother had set up for him in the basement—a fact that made his father very nervous.

Edison invented the telegraph, the universal stock ticker, the phonograph, alkaline storage batteries, and the Kinetograph (a motion picture camera), but he experimented with over 1,000 light bulbs before he created one that actually worked. Today, he is regarded as America’s leading businessman and greatest inventor.

3. R.H. Macy

“Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish your peers.”

R.H. Macy not only created a giant department store, he changed the way retail stores worked forever. Born in 1822, the fourth of six children to a Quaker family in Nantucket, Macy began working on a whaling ship when he was just 15-years-old.

After six years he married and turned his hand to retail. Macy opened four dry good stores in Haverhill, Massachusetts, between 1843 and 1855. They all failed. But Macy kept up the hard work and ended up with the biggest department store in the world.

4. Walt Disney

“The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”

Walter Elias Disney came from humble beginnings. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1901, much of his childhood was spent traveling across the Midwest while his father searched for work.

The young Disney’s first job was a newspaper route where he would get up at 4:30 every morning to deliver The Times before going to school and then repeating the round for the Evening Star after school.

For a while, Disney worked door-to-door as a vacuum cleaner salesman, and when he finally landed a job as a cartoonist it didn’t last long; Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because his ‘lack of imagination and his failure to come up with good ideas.’ Several of Disney’s business ventures failed before success arrived in the form of his movie Snow White.

A movie that without which, most of our childhoods would never be the same.

5. J.K. Rowling

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”

The creator of Harry Potter went from being unemployed and living on welfare to becoming a multi-millionaire in just five years. But life before her success was hard for Joanne Rowling. Born in the English town of Yate in 1965, her early years were marked by a difficult relationship with her father and dealing with the illness of her mother.

Rejected from Oxford in 1982, Rowling received her Bachelor of Arts in Classics and French from Exeter University, before moving to London to work for Amnesty International.

The death of her mother, a marriage to an abusive husband, pregnancy, birth of her daughter, separation, and divorce followed. At one point the penniless Rowling was forced to move in with her sister who lived in the Scottish Edinburgh.

And all the while her masterpiece of children’s literature was being rejected by one major publishing house after another, 12 in total. Yet despite it all, in 2004, Forbes magazine declared JK the first author to become a billionaire through book writing.

HEALTH

How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight: 8 Powerful Tips

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How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight 8 Powerful Tips

If you’re struggling to lose weight fast then you probably know how frustrating it can be.

Maybe you’ve tried weight loss exercises or you’ve placed yourself on a special weight loss diet but just when you think you’re on track to shedding your targeted pounds you suddenly find yourself off track again; at this point you feel like giving up and heading straight for the nearest fast food outlet.

Or perhaps you’re considering the use of weight loss supplements or even weight loss surgery.

Well, here’s the good news.

Losing weight is more than about eating less and living a disciplined life.

Don’t only think about the ways of losing weight. Here are 8 powerful psychology-based tips to keep you motivated and make hitting your weight loss goals a lot easier.

1. Ask yourself why you want to lose weight

So many of us lose weight for the wrong reasons. Or the reasons we decide to lose weight are simply not inspiring enough.

This is why the initial cause for why you want to lose weight is a crucial factor in helping you to stay motivated. Losing weight is challenging enough as it is, and if you don’t have the necessary inspiration you’re going to find it even harder.

2. Think carefully about how much weight you want to lose

Of course, how much weight you are trying to lose also plays a role in the success or failure of your weight loss regime. A target loss of say, 5 pounds isn’t very inspiring and may actually be more difficult to achieve than losing three or four times that amount.

Setting yourself the goal of losing 30, 40, 50 or more pounds of fat is a big undertaking and it’s going to take a lot of work, dedication, diligence, and willpower. It’s a big goal but the reason you’re doing it is also big. Losing five pounds, however, might not even get noticed, and is so very easy to put back on.

3. Don’t set a weight loss goal, create a weight loss vision

Can you already picture the difference losing weight can make in your life? Creating a clear vision of how you’re going to look in the mirror 6 months from now, and a year from now will help you make a substantial and sustainable change.

Remember, you’re aiming for an adjustment to your lifestyle and not just a quick fix. Shedding enough weight from your body will not only just boost your self-confidence in how you feel and look, it will also make a difference in so many other aspects of your life; your relationships and at work. And of course, it will greatly improve your health.

4. Avoid losing weight for the wrong reasons

Bad reasons for losing weight can be because you have a wedding coming up, a high school graduation or a reunion, or any other kind of event where you feel the need to impress other people.

This approach is almost guaranteed to fail.

Okay, it might get you motivated in the short term, but it changes nothing in the psychology of why you are losing weight, or why you keep losing sight of your weight loss vision.

5. Make a list of your top three reasons to lose weight

Sit down and write a list of your top three reasons why you want to lose weight. Ask yourself what is really going to change once you’ve succeeded and write vivid and detailed answers.

Be honest with yourself.

If, for example, you want to get back into the dating scene and think that losing weight will improve your chances of meeting someone then write that down. If you’d like to excel at a certain sport and your goal is to win a trophy, put it on the list. This will help you solidify your weight loss vision, strengthen your motivation and keep you on track when the going gets tough.

6. Be prepared for the long haul

Losing weight takes time. Even though you might have that initial rush of motivation, which is great, but you also need to sustain it because losing weight takes months.

If we’re talking about losing any serious amount of weight then you should understand that shedding more than one or two pounds per week is probably an unrealistic goal, and is certainly an unhealthy one. If you do lose more, then you’re losing water and not actual weight. Also, it will usually take any kind of diet a couple of weeks to kick in before you start to notice the impact.

7. Use quiet time to bolster your weight loss vision

It has been proven that meditation can help you lose weight. But you don’t have to become a yoga guru/master to make your weight loss a reality.

Spend 5 to 10 minutes every morning or evening, or whenever you have some quiet time, to just close your eyes and visualize how you’re going to look in the mirror and in photographs. How are people going to react to the new you? How are you going to feel about yourself and how is your health going to improve?

Whatever your motivations are, picture them in vivid detail. This will get your subconscious into gear and help you create the mindset you need to reduce weight.

Sustainable weight loss not just about exercise and diet, it is also about getting the psychology right. Program your subconscious to align with your weight reduction goals and in a matter of weeks, your body will begin to correspond with what your mind is trying to achieve.

8. Use the affirmation technique to stay motivated

Adding affirmations to your 5 or 10 minute daily visualizations are also a great way of staying motivated. Affirmations are basically short phrases or statements about what you are trying to achieve.

Say them as though you have already achieved your goal. This might at first feel a little silly, but it is a tried and trusted technique often used by professional athletes who want to reach peak performance and when used consistently they really do work.

For example, if your weight loss goal is 170 pounds, then you would say to yourself every morning, “I weigh 170 pounds. I look great at 170 pounds. I feel great at 170 pounds. I like being 170 pounds…” etc. etc.

Repeat the phrase to yourself whenever you picture your future, leaner, fitter, healthier self. Of course, visualization and affirmation on their own will not remove fat from your body.

You’ll still have a lot of hard work ahead of you, including going to the gym, dieting, and you’re going to have to be consistent while doing all that. But affirmations can add a level of certainty to your weight loss vision, and over time they’ll inspire you to keep motivated enough to reach your desired goal.

Conclusion

Losing weight is not easy, and keeping it off is sometimes even harder. It can be a long, uncomfortable process, but like anything else worth striving for, success can have a huge, positive impact on just about every aspect of your life.

Remember, motivation is the reason for the way you behave or act in a particular way. These 8 tips will help build that motivation and keep it going when you really feel like giving up.

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