We’ve all been there at some point in our lives (some, unfortunately more than others). For whatever reason we just aren’t feeling motivated. We can’t seem to focus or put anything into action. It’s almost as if we are in some sort of catatonic state.
Often people look to others for motivation, however we really need to look within first. What’s causing our “slump” in the first place? And what can we do to get out of it – quickly?
When we are not motivated – we don’t act. In fact, we may not do much of anything. Are we lazy? Do we have a fear of failure? Are we having a “pity party” for ourselves because something didn’t go the way we wanted, or expected it to? Maybe our lack of motivation is caused by stress or depression. Could it be that we’re not getting enough sleep? Maybe it’s a poor diet, lack of exercise, or too much alcohol…maybe it’s a combination of many things. So, what can we do when we’re not feeling motivated and at our very best?
Start with gratitude. Think about all the people and things that we have in our lives to be grateful for.
Create a goal. What do you want to accomplish? Write it down. Why? It keeps you focused, and if you get off track, it helps you get back on. Visit your goal(s) daily. People who are focused, tend to be motivated.
Make a daily to do list. Revisit the list at the end of the day and scratch off the things that you completed. Then, create a new list. You’ll find that you’re able to accomplish much more with lists!
Get an accountability partner, someone that you must “report back to” on your daily or weekly progress.
Check your attitude at the door and smile. Surround yourself with positive people and those you want to emulate. Don’t listen to or partake in negative conversations.
Make healthier food choices and try holding off on the alcohol and sweets until your “weekend”. Consider meditation and exercise as well. These actions may contribute to a better night’s sleep, a clearer head, and ultimately – motivation.
Force yourself to do things that make you feel uncomfortable. You’ll discover that it’s never as bad or as difficult as what you imagined it to be, and you’ll grow as a person.
Small successes lead to bigger successes – and the next thing you know, you’re motivated! Motivation is the result, not the cause of your accomplishments and achievements.
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