How to Motivate Yourself to Learn New Things

How to Motivate Yourself to Learn New Things

Published On: November 23, 2021

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill

We all have an inbuilt desire to grow and learn new things. But many people find it hard to find the motivation to do this. Some people want to learn new skills to improve their lives and others want to learn a new language to make their travel experiences a lot better.

Sometimes the new things that we learn do not have a lot of benefit to us. In other cases they are very beneficial. Learning about what people are doing in TV soap operas or reality shows is not going to move you forward much in life, for example.

On the flip side, learning how to speak in public or speak Spanish fluently can change our lives for the better. Whatever you want to learn will require different levels of motivation. To learn how to speak Spanish fluently will take a great deal of persistent motivation. So in this article you will find motivation techniques designed to help you learn more.

Learning is a Choice

When you are an adult you can choose what you want to learn. This is very different to the school system where children have to learn about set subjects. So be happy that you have the choice now, and really feel this so that it increases your motivation to follow through.

Focus on the Outcome

If you want to take your motivation to new levels of learning then focus on the outcome. How much better will life be for you when you have completed your learning? Visualize being able to do what you want to learn competently. If you want to learn Spanish then see yourself having conversations with Spanish speaking people.

Have a Strong “Why”

You will really supercharge your motivation for learning if you have a strong “why” for doing it. So think about the reason or reasons that you want to learn something. What will it do for you? How much better will your life be? Always add emotion to your “why” statement (yes, you need to write this down) and refer to it when you feel your motivation waning.

Set Yourself a Learning Goal

If you just get yourself some audios to learn Spanish and do not set clear goals on what you want to achieve and by when, then you will probably experience a motivational high at the beginning and then several lows as things get harder.

So set a proper goal for learning the language. Decide where you want to be in six months’ time, and then a year. Write your goals down and keep them with you at all times so that you can read them to boost your motivation.

Get Support

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

These days there are online forums and support groups for just about everything. Join them and get involved. The people in these communities are committed to their learning goals and can help you with advice on how to succeed. Having a support network around you will have a positive impact on your motivation.

Reward Yourself on your Learning Journey

Set yourself milestones to achieve and come up with a reward for getting there. Make the reward something that you will really enjoy so that it will drive up your motivation levels to reach the milestone. The reward can be big or small – it is entirely up to you!

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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