Motivation is easy to come by: you want stuff, you want to do things, you need to do a lot of stuff, and need things. But motivation is also easy to lose: you get tired, you get frustrated, things aren’t going well around you, or maybe you’re not feeling well emotionally, physically, or even spiritually.

So how you build motivation that lasts? Well, the first thing when you want to do anything is to take good care of yourself, but after that there are basically thousands of books written about getting stuff, doing things, and learning things. So what is common about all those thousands of books that will fit into this post? These few ways of getting more motivated.

Build your self-efficacy

This just means that you must believe you can do it. You can perform that task. You can achieve your goals. When starting something new or big, set a small goal, one you can reach on the first day. This way, you’re making sure you’re doing it. You gain an early success and feel positive about it. You can also watch others who are succeeding or have succeeded. You’ll learn how you can do it, you’ll see how it’s done well, and more importantly; you’ll again feel positively about yourself from the experience. Also, try and find someone supportive of you and your goals. They’ll cheer you on and not let you give up. One more time, you’ll feel positive about yourself. Your belief in yourself well soar and you’ll have stronger determination to go and do it.

Try betting on it.

The summer is quickly approaching and you’re not ready for a fun summer, but let’s say you want to start losing body fat, for example. Bet someone a considerable amount ($20.00 is considerable, you don’t have to bet the family car.) and give it to them as soon as possible, then bet them you’re going to lose a certain amount of fat, weight, or just get yourself to feeling good about your body. If you don’t make your goal, they keep the bet money. Look at that, you’re motivated to get that considerable amount of money back, by succeeding in your goal.

Set a smarter goal.

I know you’ve seen this one posted around the Internet: set a goal that is (S)pecific, (M)easurable, (A)ttainable, (R)ealistic, and (T)imely. Basically, break down your big goal into little (M)easurable chunks that (S)pecifically follow a (T)imeline that you know is (R)ealistically (A)ttainable at every point, even the end.

Ta-Da! I just delivered you motivation on a platter. Whatever it is, you can do it.

I will be including motivational quotes and images in posts from this point on.

Upcoming Holidays:

June 21, 2016, National Aboriginal Day; Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council and Good Learning Anywhere will be closed.

National Aboriginal Day is a day recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on 21 June annually. This date was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons-including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Aboriginal groups traditionally celebrate their heritage.

Watch our for local events in Sioux Lookout. This year, celebrations will be held at the town beach and is spear-headed by the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre-http:// with participation from other local organizations.

Notable Holidays and Observances for June.

June is:
Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Month
National Camping Month
Rebuild Your Life Month
Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
Children’s Awareness Month

June 5 to 11 is Sun Safety Week and Pet Appreciation Week.
June 19 to 25 is Lightning Safety Week

June 4 is Drawing Day, Pencil Day, and Turtle Races Day
The 6th marks the start of Ramadan
The 10th is Iced Tea Day
The 15th is the Worldwide Day of Giving
The 19th is Father’s Day
The 20th is World Productivity Day and Refugee Day
The 21st is National Aboriginal Day and World Music Day
The 24th is Take Your Dog to Work Day
The 30th is Social Media Day.

July 1, 2016, Canada Day; Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council and Good Learning Anywhere- will be closed.

Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.

Frequently referred to as “Canada’s birthday”, particularly in the popular press, the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a kingdom in its own right on that date, called the Dominion of Canada. Most communities across the country will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts,[14] as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens. There is no standard mode of celebration for Canada Day.

Watch our for local events in Sioux Lookout, usually held at the beach. Fireworks, probably 🙂

Notable Holidays and Observances for the first week of July:

July 2 is I Forgot Day and World UFO Day.
The 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day
The 6th is Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day *wink* *wink*
The 7th is Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day, Global Forgiveness Day, and Tell The Truth Day.

More holidays and observances for July coming before or After Canada Day 🙂