A Long Way to Go

Posted by the Strawboss on June 27, 2012 in ask the Strawboss

Dear Strawboss,
I am 21 years old and still have a lot I’d like to accomplish in my life. I’ve came a long way but still feel stuck behind at times. How do you get motivation to keep moving along and feel self-worth? Is there a routine you do? Or do you just go day by day?

Dear Briana,
At 21, I hope there’s still a lot you’d like to accomplish in life. Unless you’re Mark Zuckerburg, then you’ve pretty much peaked. You say you’ve come a long way in what I consider a rather short amount of time, but you still feel stuck behind, lacking motivation and self-worth. That sounds like you’re trying to live up to the standards of someone else.

Time is on no one’s side, but that doesn’t mean you need to treat life like the 100 meter Hurdles. Take the time to reflect on how far you’ve come and get a good look at where you’re trying to go. If you’re trying too hard to meet some arbitrary milestones, you can easily burn yourself out and beat yourself up over the ones you miss.

Everyone hits the wall from time to time. It’s normal. They key to getting your motivation back is to put your eyes back on the prize. Remember what your goals are and why you’re working towards them. Of course, if those reasons are no longer valid or making sense, then perhaps you should reevaluate your goals. It’s easy to become unmotivated when you lack passion for what you’re doing. Determine your own destiny in life and you will be more likely to remain committed. And never let your self-worth be determined by how much you’ve done or how much you have. Let it be determined by how well you treat people, because if you’re an @sshole, nothing else really matters.

I am the Strawboss.

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