How to Stay Motivated – Stay Focused & Stay Positive


If you want to know how to stay motivated for longer periods, this article is just right for you! It is not only helpful to know methods that motivate you, but also to know some tricks that allow you to remain motivated in the long term, thereby allowing you to be positive and to stay focused on your goals and objectives. In the following, you can find tips to stay positive and an instruction on how to stay motivated throughout your life as well as inspiring quotes that can accompany you on your journey, I call them the “stay positive quotes“.

Quotes about staying positive – The “stay positive quotes”

“Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows.” ~
Helen Keller

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
Zig Ziglar

“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.” ~
Brian Tracy

“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~
Elbert Hubbard

For even more quotes, see motivating quotes.

 How to stay positive for a fairly long term?

Tip to stay positive #1 Focus on this moment

Don’t let yourself get in a bad mood and procrastinated by shocking news about murder, terror and similar chaos that is being spread by the media. This will not only demotivate you but it can also cause depressive feelings. Try to stay positive by creating exciting aims and objectives that you aim to reach in the future. This moment is the most precious thing you have. You cannot change the the past, but you can always change your future, by making the most out of this moment. Don’t allow this chance to pass by – focus on this moment, make the best out of it, instead of trying to distract yourself with TV, video games, etc.

Tip to stay positive #2 Set yourself exciting goals

 Without a real goal, life can become really unfocused and pointless. Without aims and dreams, you have nothing really exciting to do, no task or anything that motivates you and gets you going. Change that, by thinking about some goals that really excite you. Objectives that inspire you so much that you begin to see how much of an impact you can make, maybe even to the benefit of other people’s life.

Tip to stay positive #3 Forget about the past

It is not only demotivational to blame yourself for perceived mistakes that were being committed in the past, but it is also unnecessary. You need to become aware that these mistakes allow you to gain helpful experiences in order to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Accept the past and the committed mistakes as immutable in order to avoid a negative influence on your attempts to stay positive. Start to create new opportunities that allow you to change your current situation and focus on the future, not on the past.

Tip to stay positive #4 The impact of positive people

I’m sure you might have noticed the influence of a person with a positive attitude on your life.  Not only will it help you to stay in a good mood, but being surrounded by optimistic people will also help you to become optimistic and happy. Try to find ways that enable you to connect with motivated and positive people. People that forge ahead and approach each day with excitement, optimism, and motivation. Such a connection to a motivated person will inspire you and lift you up in your mood.

Tip to stay positive #5 Energizing and enjoyable activities

Another tip to stay positive is to include AT LEAST one enjoyable and fun activity into your daily lifestyle. I am sure you have a certain hobby or spare time activity that fills your soul and lets you recharge your batteries to pursue your visions and dreams with enthusiasm and fun. It would be even better if you could include such an activity in your daily routine before you start working. Let’s say you listen to your favorite music while you go to work. This will not only lift your mood to a higher level but also motivate and energize you to forge ahead. Another activity that allows you to stay positive could be regular exercising. Furthermore, scientists have proven that regular exercise allows you to reduce stress and lets you be more pertinacious during stressful periods.

Tip to stay positive #6 A new perspective

Change your mindset, perspective, and point of view if you suffered from pessimistic thoughts in the past. The power of positive thinking can have a huge influence on your life if you are willing to view your life from a different (more positive) perspective (How to develop a positive attitude). It can be extraordinary exciting when embracing a positive mindset that you might not have applied before into your life. Furthermore, it is very important to avoid negative thoughts and a focus on negative aspects of your life. This will only let you feel demotivated and feebly.


Learn to stay motivated

In the following, you will find tips to stay focused and how to keep being focused throughout your life.

How to stay motivated and focused in the longer term?

Tips to stay focused #1: Set daily and weekly priorities:

If you want to stay focused on your goals it is necessary to set priorities among your daily to-do-list from: “Very Urgent & Important” to “Not Urgent & Not Important”. This allows you to 1) save time and to 2) keep being focused on the tasks that are really important throughout your day. This easy to use but very effective prioritizing system should definitely be considered if you aim to stay focused on your goals and objectives.

Tips to stay focused #2 Motivational patterns

The motivational sources that have helped others to stay motivated have the high potential to let you stay focused and motivated as well. Try to find a mentor or role models that are living the lifestyle you desire to create. Every one of them has established patterns that have the potential to work for you as well. You don´t even necessarily need a mentor to find positive role models since you can also find them in books and movies.

Tips to stay focused #3 Organizing

The organizing of tasks allows you to reach a maximum of efficiency in your daily life. Try to keep a clear focus with a well-organized system in order to organize your professional and personal life.

What are your strategies to remain focused and motivated? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Steve is the founder of Planet of Success, the #1 choice when it comes to motivation, self-growth and empowerment. This world does not need followers. What it needs is people who stand in their own sovereignty. Join us in the quest to live life to the fullest!


  1. What an incredibly powerful article. Thanks a lot Steve. Your guidance means a lot to me. Whenever I follow one of your articles about studying I quickly advance.

  2. How do you stay positive and reach your goals when your surroundings are not encouraging you or motivating you? Sometimes I feel like others are trying to suck the life out of me and don’t want me to reach my potential

    • From my experience, life is not so much about what happens to you. It is all about how you respond and react to the things that happen to you. If there are toxic people around you, try reducing these people’s influence on your life. If possible, stop meeting these people.

  3. This article inspires me so much! This quotation from Hellen Keller “Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows.” is really one of a kind. I can still recall my days in almentor under Mr. Fikry’s class with that quote from Hellen. Such great! Thank you for this.

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