When you are getting your online degree, you might find yourself taking a course that is related to leadership methods and motivational techniques. There are a variety of courses on leadership, human resource management, project management, and group management. These types of classes may explain in detail how to lead and motivate groups and individuals, but rarely will it focus on how to motivate the most important person of all – YOU! Where is the class about self-management? How are you supposed to lead and motivate others when you can’t get yourself motivated? Yet, you are expected to have this question answered and be prepared to work effectively with others, so you had better figure it out.

Look to others
While you shouldn’t necessarily base your life on the standards of others, the success of your peers will almost always play a role in how you perceive your own success. Looking at how others have gotten to where they are, and the variety of available paths to get there can act as a road map. This doesn’t mean you have to follow their paths directly, but you can use them as a guide to choose the most effective means to enable you best to succeed. Seeing dreams fulfilled by people like yourself should not only give you an idea of how to succeed but motivate you to succeed as well. Use the success of others to push yourself and to identify and set goals that can help you to maintain a road to success.

Identifying and setting goals
One of the most important aspects of motivation is the identifying and setting of goals. Why do you get up in the morning? You would likely answer that you have to go to work, school, or prepare your family for one of those two activities. But isn’t it also because, consciously or not, you’ve set goals for yourself? You aren’t just going to work for the fun of it. You’re going to work to receive a paycheck. That’s your goal. Are you going to school just for something to do? No, you’re likely going to school to earn a degree and get an education. Even helping your children or significant other get ready for school or work has a goal, and that goal is the furthering of their goals. Get it?

Really, that’s all life is – the continuous setting, meeting, reviewing, and re-setting of a bunch of goals. Going to the store has a goal – to get food. Buying gas for your vehicle has a goal – so you can get where you need to be. Even going to bed at night has a goal – to get rest so you can wake up and achieve more goals.

The simplicity of setting and achieving goals is why it is so ridiculous when people say they have trouble achieving their goals. It isn’t that they don’t know how to set goals, or how to achieve those goals. They set and achieve goals constantly, often without even knowing it. It is rather that they are setting or recognizing their goals incorrectly. They are either setting their goals too high or setting the wrong type of goals. While most likely you won’t reach every goal you set since your life is constantly changing and therefore requires constant re-evaluation, it is important that goals be set so that they are achievable and so that they are relevant to what you do and where you want to go with your life.

With the onset of the massive recession beginning in 2007, we all saw what over-rewarding ourselves could accomplish. While this might be an extreme example, delayed gratification is becoming somewhat of an unknown these days. People reward themselves with gourmet coffees each morning, fast food lunches, dinners out, new cars, oversized homes — the list goes on and on. The problem with such an abundance of rewards is that they quickly begin to loose their effect. As the saying goes, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ and therefore, our current rewards system thus becomes commonplace and we begin looking for bigger, better ways to reward ourselves.

Maybe it’s time to get back to the basics when it comes to rewards and how they factor into motivation. For some of us, it’s time to realize that our efforts should not necessarily be based upon the gaining of material objects or items immediately to be consumed, but rather based on time and emotional needs.

By accomplishing your goals and completing your work quickly, efficiently, and effectively, you gain two items that are impossible to purchase. Those two things are time and emotional satisfaction. These rewards should be more satisfying than any food, drink, or product you can buy in the market and should only work to reinforce themselves as motivators. That means that if you plan, work hard, and set goals, as you meet those goals, your sense of accomplishment grows, and pushes you even harder. At the same time, your meeting of these goals will provide you with more time to meet bigger goals, and thus the scenario becomes a cycle of continuous motivation.

All in all, if you are able to set targets and strive to achieve them then an online degree will surely bring you success in the career of your choice. If you’re currently thinking of getting a college degree but just don’t have the time there are many traditional colleges that are now offering accredited online degree programs. Browse through our online degrees channel to get started.