5 ways to stay motivated to do good

For world-changers, some days are tougher than others. If you've ever walked in a protest, signed a petition or voted, chances are that something didn't end up the way you thought it would. In our low moments, we've all wondered "What's the point?" 

But the point is to keep going. 

Every action makes a difference - sometimes you just need a little help from your friends. Here are five things you can do to stay motivated to do good when you're feeling defeated.

1. Take a day to recover

Take a day to recover

When you feel like something hasn't worked out the way you thought it would, give yourself a second to catch your breath. Take a day to work through your sadness or disappointment and let it go. You will come back stronger and more energized.

2. Talk to friends

Talk to friends

Talking to other people can fuel your passion. Explore what others are most passionate about and take some time to consider a new angle or perspective. New viewpoints may reignite your own spirit.

3. Count little wins

Count little wins

Change doesn't happen overnight but it does happen. Focus on the little things. Have you met new people recently who care about the same things you do? Did you hold a fundraiser that raised more than you expected? Did you write a tweet or blog that changed how even one person thought about your topic? Remember all these things are a tiny step closer to making big change happen!

4. Read a book written by someone who has overcome

Read a book written by someone who has overcome

If you need a break from social media, go analog and get right into the head of someone who has faced impossible odds and kept going. Try Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. Read them already? Read them again - especially the parts where they kept going...

5. Don't give up!

Don't give up!

Nothing ever got better by giving up, some fights are harder then others but they are always worth it and together we can make a difference!


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