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We all need motivational techniques at some point, especially while attending college. Even if you tend to be a very active person who makes things happen, there will always be room for inspiration. 

Motivational techniques include any manner of finding and applying motivation to your everyday life. They are particularly useful in trying to set goals for yourself, whether personal or business related.

You can learn motivational techniques in a variety of different ways. There are entire books on different methods available. Try reading a few checked out from the library and buy the one that helps you the most, to avoid wasting money on half a dozen books that offer very different advice.

Another way to learn is to attend a motivational seminar led by inspiring speakers like Tony Robbins or another similar inspirational person. These people are very good at motivating large groups of people and getting them moving in their lives. 

Private sessions are also available in some cases and this might be worth checking out if you have the money and need fast results. Getting a coach to help you can really speed up your progress.

If you are looking to learn by example, a book such as Chicken Soup for the Soul is a good way to go. These books have become astoundingly popular because of their motivational content, real life stories of people overcoming hardships with a smile. Since the first book of this kind, a number of similar series have emerged with the same theme.

Here are a handful of motivational techniques that could change your life, if you apply them.

– Be realistic when setting goals for your life. Visualize exactly what you want and when you want it, but don't be completely unrealistic. For example, you can say you want to lose 5 pounds in the next 30 days, not 100 lbs in the same amount of time.

– Use words like “will” when setting goals. For example, don't say “I would like to buy a house before the kids graduate.” Say “I will buy a house before the kids graduate.”

– According to Motivation Ping, it is good to join up with a motivational partner. The two of you will share your goals and plans and help each other stay on track. Having someone holding you responsible for your actions is key to making it where you want to go.

– Take baby steps. There is no point in deciding to build a house today. Start out by planning the house, buying materials, hiring a contractor, etc. Focus on steps you can take that will eventually lead to your goal, you won't get discouraged as quickly.

– Reward yourself. Sometimes we have to do things that are no fun in order to reach our goals. The problem is that if your goal is long-term, you can get discouraged in the meantime. The best way to counteract this is to offer motivational rewards along the way. For example, if you are starting your own business and your goal is to earn $500,000 in ten years, you might reward yourself each time you hit a certain monetary goal.

Motivational information is everywhere, but you need to actually apply it to your life in order for it to work! Don't just read an inspiring book, sit down and do the goal-setting exercises outlined in it. That is the best way to reach your goals and change your life.

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