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Finding your Passion and Staying Motivated

Times change and sometimes, it's not our choice when they do. But where there is uncertainty, there is also opportunity to change your life for the better.

Motivation doesn't just happen, you have to claim it! Set goals, take action and your motivation will come.

Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. Even if it feels trying now, give it a shot!

Set specific goals. They should be measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Once you have your plan, live it!

It is not hopeless.  With small steps (even the very small), there is movement.  Start down the road of positive change.

Remember to never put off till tomorrow what you are able to do today. If you have the ambition today, take advantage of it.

Pick one goal to get started.  Find stories and successful people to inspire you.  Everyone needs a cheerleader!

Find volunteer opportunities to inspire you on your journey while giving you experience and education:

Hang out with positive people that will provide you support, encouragement and inspiration.

If you dream of something entirely new, remember “it is never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot 

Try to keep upbeat. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -Charles Swindoll

Allow yourself to experience the difficult emotions-- don't judge or deny them-- then choose to move through them.

Planning for the future may not seem exciting, but achievement only comes from preparation.

Develop a side-project, one that provides clear goals and end date. It inspires self-discipline and confidence!

Enlarge your network. Make it a project in itself. Find like-minded mentors to guide you by asking lots of questions.

Acquire work-related skills by attending free workshops. They can boost your confidence and enhance your resume.

Move out of your comfort zone. Spread your wings and you'll discover you're more powerful than you ever dreamed.

Don't let drama get you down. "The difference between winning and losing is how we react to disappointments". -Barbara Johnson

Don’t be afraid to try. Like Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

Look back at your 'mistakes' and see places to grow. "Failure is success if we learn from it" -Malcolm Forbes.

Don't go through life with catcher's mitts on both hands. Throw away the bad that comes and hold onto the good.

Realize that there will always be ups and downs. It's alright to have a 'bad day' -- how you are feeling is temporary.

Don’t spend so much time looking regrettably at the door that has closed that you miss seeing a door that has opened.

Don’t know your passion? Do some research, talk to people, and make connections. Don't be afraid to try something new.

Remember that asking for support is a sign of strength. Reach out.

Celebrate your successes! Observe your progress, review your other goals, and adjust them according to new things you've learned.

Create a daily to-do list. What's your top priority and what steps can you take daily to lead you towards those goals?

Plan for your dreams. Just like trying to build a house without a blueprint, you can’t build ambition without a strategy.

Take time for yourself. Find inexpensive hobbies and ways to get out on the town that don't squeeze your wallet.

Make time to refuel: sing, smile at strangers, laugh, enjoy life and always count your blessings (even little ones)!

Choose to be happy by doing things that make you happy. If you feel good about yourself, you'll be more easily motivated.

Live in the moment. When you live in the past or worry about the future, you miss the opportunities in the present.