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Motivation: How to get started and staying motivated

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Key facts

  • Motivation is the drive to achieve your goals or needs.
  • Motivation is important to break old habits and to develop healthy ones.
  • Many people struggle with getting and staying motivated, especially if they have mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.
  • You may find it helpful to set specific, measurable goals that you can divide into small steps.
  • Ask your family and friends to support you and help you stay motivated.

What is motivation?

Motivation is the drive to achieve your goals or needs. It is influenced by:

Most people want to change at least one thing in their life. But it can be challenging to find the motivation just to make a start. It helps if you understand what motivation means to you so you can find your own ways to get motivated.

Why is motivation important?

Motivation is important because it:

How can I get motivated?

Most people struggle with motivation, but it is even more challenging if you have mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Here are some tips: has more tips on getting motivated.

How can I stay on track to achieve my goal?

How can I stay motivated?

Here are some tips:

What to do if you lose motivation

Setbacks are normal, but developing resilience can help you carry on and continue from where you left off.

Here are some tips to help you find your motivation again: has useful information on finding motivation when you are struggling to stay motivated.

Where to get help

  • If you are struggling to get motivated, talk to someone you trust, or a counsellor who can provide useful strategies.
  • If you have a mental illness, you may be eligible for a mental health care plan, which can help with the cost of counselling. Ask your doctor for help with this.

You may want to bookmark and revisit this page when you need help with motivation.

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