In a self-paced online school, finding the motivation to power through to your diploma while maintaining good grades and balancing your life outside of school can be difficult. Discover how setting goals for yourself, identifying your challenges, and believing in yourself can help keep you on your path toward graduating from high school Along the way, get a glimpse into the lives of James Madison High School grads and see what motivated them to reach their diploma goals.
Getting in the habit of studying can be tough, so it’s important to not be too hard on yourself. Online school can be an adjustment if you’re coming from a more traditional school. You may be overwhelmed by the change in learning environment or even other distracting factors outside of school. Sometimes it may even be enough to have a healthy way to cope such as journaling, being creative, exercising, or discussing what’s going on with like-minded students in the Student Community. However, if that’s not enough, these following tips can help you get motivated and stay motivated, so that you can successfully earn your high school diploma.
What do you want to accomplish by earning a high school diploma?
This is an important question to ask yourself. When you have meaning behind your journey, it can help you stay focused toward your end goal. An easy way to do this is by turning your goal into a SMART goal. “SMART” isn’t just smart—it stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
To turn your goal into a SMART goal, you just need to answer the following questions:
SPECIFIC – What is your ultimate goal? What steps will you take to get there?
MEASURABLE – What can you do to measure progress toward this goal?
ACHIEVABLE – Is the goal realistic?
RELEVANT – How do your goals along the way align with your ultimate goal?
TIME-BOUND – What is the time frame for accomplishing this goal?
At first, while JMHS graduate Cynthia B. was beginning her online studies, she wasn’t motivated to progress toward earning her diploma. When she discovered she had a baby on the way, Cynthia finally made it her focus to finish high school before her daughter was born.
While everyone has different reasons for why they want to earn their diploma, everyone will have different challenges in reaching their goal as well. Facing challenges with the knowledge and preparation to overcome them can keep your spirits high and your motivation in check to help you move forward. Check out these 4 steps in helping you overcome your challenges.
Identify the problem.
If you’re encountering an obstacle that’s making it hard to move forward, you’ll need to make a plan to move past it. Identifying what’s giving you trouble and when you usually run into issues can help you detect a possible pattern.
Understand the problem.
Once you’ve identified the problem, it’s time to take the next steps to understand why it may be an obstacle for you. If your problem is that you’re having trouble writing an assignment, consider what might be making it difficult.
Are you unsure of where to start? Are you anxious about turning it in because you’re not confident in your writing? Are you being distracted by outside factors?
Ask and answer as many questions as you can to help figure out why your problem exists in the first place. Your problem may not be trouble with writing, but you can use this method to help you pinpoint exactly why your problem exists in the first place.
Identify your resources.
Identify what you have available to you to help lessen this challenge.
Can you turn to a family member, friend, advisor, or to someone in your community? Can you find ways to address the problem on your own?
You’ll often have more solutions to overcome your difficult situations than you think. Make a list of all of your possible resources, and then focus on which solutions you would like to take to help you on your journey.
Overcome the problem.
Overcoming your obstacles isn’t easy. Even when you start taking the appropriate steps to triumph over your difficult situation, the process may take time. Keep at it and continue using your resources as you need them, and you’ll find yourself progressing to your goal.
Recent JMHS graduate, Isabella B., identified the environment in her previous school as the source of her anxiety. Transferring to online school, Isabella was able to overcome her obstacles with the change of her environment. Being free of due dates for her courses allowed Isabella to change her relationship with school and find a new confidence in herself.
When you’re on your journey to accomplish your goals, the best motivator you can have is to believe in your potential. While you may have friends and family believing in you, you need to believe in yourself just as much to bring your goals to life. Even if the finish line seems distant, your confidence will bring you closer to the end goal.
Although Chickina B. had setbacks earlier in her life, this 2022 JMHS Graduate held on to the belief that she could go back to school and finally earn her diploma—even after all these years.
Whether your goal after earning your diploma is to start a career, enter college, or join the military, your future is in your control. With these tips, you have the skills to reach your goal—so, make it happen! Get motivated by taking a look at more of the inspiring JMHS graduates in the 2021-2022 Yearbook. You may even find the motivation to help you reach your goal and be a source of inspiration for others!
Are you ready to start putting these motivation tips to work? JMHS is here to help you on your way. Take control of your future with an accredited, self-paced school with no age limits. Reach out to an Admissions Specialist at 1-800-349-6861 for more information or get started today by enrolling online at jmhs.com.