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Breaking the curveballs

Life can often throw curveballs, making it difficult to find motivation and stay focused on our goals. However, it is possible to overcome these challenges and stay motivated even in tough times.

Here are some practical tips for finding motivation when life gets tough:

  1. Reframe your perspective: When things are tough, it can be easy to fall into a negative mindset. To overcome this, try reframing your perspective by focusing on the positives in your life, no matter how small they may be. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, gratitude can improve our physical, psychological and social well-being (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).

  2. Get organized: When life gets tough, it can be difficult to stay motivated if you are feeling overwhelmed. To overcome this, try getting organized. Make a to-do list, prioritize your tasks and break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. By doing this, you will feel more in control of your life and motivated to get things done.

  3. Surround yourself with positive people: The people we surround ourselves with can have a big impact on our motivation levels. Make sure you are surrounded by positive, supportive people who will help you stay motivated and encourage you when things get tough. A study by the University of California, Berkeley found that positive social interactions can boost our motivation and well-being (Fried & Aricak, 2014).

  4. Get active: Exercise is a great way to boost our motivation levels and overcome tough times. Even a short workout can help you feel more energized and motivated to tackle the day ahead. According to a study by the University of Bristol, exercise can improve our mood and increase our motivation levels (Warburton et al., 2006).

  5. Set achievable goals: Setting achievable goals is a great way to stay motivated, even in tough times. Make sure your goals are realistic and achievable, and break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. By doing this, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation as you make progress towards your goals.

In conclusion, life can often be tough, but with these tips, you can find the motivation to overcome these challenges and stay focused on your goals. Remember to reframe your perspective, get organized, surround yourself with positive people, get active, and set achievable goals. With these tips, you can break any curveball that come your way.


Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.

Fried, E. I., & Aricak, U. T. (2014). Social interactions and well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(2), 369-392.

Warburton, D. E., Nicol, C. W., & Bredin, S. S. (2006). Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 174(6), 801-809.


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