Being young is difficult, especially today.
Being young and motivated is especially difficult.
A Short Guide to Staying Motivated by a 17-Year-old
A young person in today’s era likely hears the same phrase repeated over and over: find your passion. Those daunting three words are an enigma in itself, which is why people including myself respond in manners such as: How am I supposed to find my passion? It’s too early for me to start thinking about this...right? I’ve been working for what feels like forever and I don’t know what I want to do with my life! Not to mention all of the other infinitely smart and ambitious young people, which just adds more water to extinguish what used to be a raging fire of motivation and enthusiasm. I find myself at a crossroad between motivation and what I perceive to be a relief. I question my value because how do we truly measure that?
With all of these thoughts and factors weighing down on us, often we give in to our exhaustion when in fact we are in control of why we feel exhausted! That is why I wrote this blog because this generation of young people is brilliant. Yet, constant bereavement from social media and the imposition of societal pressures by our peers and seniors drag us down to a feeling of worthlessness and lack of motivation.
Stop making other young people’s success your motivation:
Social media has a habit of portraying only the best in all of us. When we scroll through Instagram we are bombarded with images of expensive clothes, vacations, and homes all from successful young people. Also, this perception of success is a combination of social media brainwashing and peer-pressure. Simply remind yourself that you are not any of these people and you never will be. In fact, you should never want to be these people. Each of us was gifted with our own unique abilities, meanwhile, our whole life is the culmination of self-discovery. What I mean by that is, you cannot possibly realize every ability you have been gifted within the moment. Life will educate you and help guide you towards this understanding. Appreciate what you have and stop worrying about what you don’t have.
Get rid of “stuff” and ORGANIZE:
Delete every application you know you spend too much time on. That may seem radical, but refocusing your time from old habits to creating new habits will motivate you. Without old fallbacks, it is now time to begin thinking about new endeavors. They could range from something fun to do in your free time to brainstorming personal projects to undertake. The next step to take is to organize. All of us are inherently a little bit messy, but if you tap into your organizational side life will become clearer. Start by making a checklist of every messy or disorganized area of your life. Then tackle each area one at a time. Solely the act of organizing will inspire self-motivation, you might even surprise yourself a little. If you want some tips on how to organize check out this article by the Co-Founder here at VyB, Mason Cohen.
Surround yourself with like-minded individuals:
By surrounding yourself with individuals who think like you it weeds out the possibility of a cloud of negativity around you. As an entrepreneur, there are many avenues you can take to meet other individuals like conventions, festivals or areas designated for sharing start-up ideas and projects. Those who share the same dream, ambition or general drive for a goal will assist you with experience and/or support. Past negative people who drag you down and make your flaws your weakness would only damage your motivation.
Enjoy life and stay healthy:
As cliche as it may sound, eating healthy and exercising will undoubtedly make you feel better. The simplest analogy to describe your brain on unhealthy food is described by Eva Selhub, a contributing editor to the Harvard Health Blog.
“Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells. Unfortunately, just like an expensive car, your brain can be damaged if you ingest anything other than premium fuel. If substances from “low-premium” fuel (such as what you get from processed or refined foods) get to the brain, it has little ability to get rid of them. Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.”
With all of these thoughts and factors weighing down on us, often we give in to our exhaustion when in fact we are in control of why we feel exhausted! That is why I wrote this blog because this generation of young people is brilliant. Yet, constant bereavement from social media and the imposition of societal pressures by our peers and seniors drag us down to a feeling of worthlessness and lack of motivation leading us to feel overwhelmed.
If you follow just one of these tips I promise you will become more motivated. A word of advice: stay positive, focus on the good and do anything productive, your passions will manifest themselves within your life. It begins with taking a new approach on life though, Socrates once said:
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Get up and make change, that's the VyB way.
If you have any questions or need organization advice, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org