Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day.
As you learn about the subject, you will need some markers of progress:
Make several copies of this list.
Fill in blanks only as you have information, but mark N/A for blank entries.
Post entries regularly and frequently on wall board or in your notebook.
This page assumes you have continued with
your learning project to a conclusion,
(or need to analyze why you did not!).
It is important first to recognize that if you have not
in learning what you first wanted, that you have not failed.
Success is not always determined by quantity of knowledge.
We are not all meant to be brain surgeons, soccer players, plumbers, or even spellers.
But we can recognize that some subject matter can be gained/enjoyed in other ways: consulting a specialist; watching or refereeing a game; hiring a plumber; using a spell checker.
Success in learning is also determined by an evaluation
of your process, and what you have learned from this process.
Consider these questions, and answer from your experience in the project.
With your experience, you will be able to build on it and do even better next time.