Motivation is not a constant, but a variable. Its presence in your life ebbs and flows, and is affected by a whole host of external and internal factors over which we don’t have all the control. These include the environment, work demands, mental health, and physical health. Now, although these factors, most of the time, seem to be controlling us, we would be wrong to be fatalistic and assume we can’t do anything to turn things around.
In this article, we’ll discuss ways to overcome a lack of motivation.
Understand that everyone experiences a loss of motivation
Every day when you log onto social media, you’re bombarded with images and stories of success. The lives of your idols are advertised as larger than life dreams that you can only hope to achieve. While these stories may drive some to want to achieve more, they can also have an overwhelmingly negative impact that we simply can’t ignore. On social media, we all share moments of joy and success, to the exclusion of the bad times. So, to compare your life with that of another is always a losing battle. There will always be someone whose life sparks envy because of the accolade their social media publicizes. All those people, regardless of how many Bentleys they own, have days replete with misery and despair. We all lose motivation.
It's all in the mind(set)
Start with observing the mental framework that you’re operating under. Most of the time we don’t realize how antithetical our mindset really is to the goals we desire to achieve. We spend so much time and energy focusing on whatshould be the case that we disregard whatactually is the case. We fret over what we need to avoid, the things we need to stop doing, creating a regime so strict and inflexible that it drains us of the motivation to achieve our goals. While rules and structure can be conducive to focus and singlemindedness, don’t rob yourself of flexibility and be kind to yourself. With the right mindset, you can overcome hurdles and see opportunity when others might be ready to give up.
Keep sight of your passion
Our goals are directly informed by our passion, however, the day-to-day work that needs to be put in to achieve our goals is often quite detached from our passion. This is why it becomes so easy to lose sight of what you love – the very passion that drives you forward. In order to overcome this dilemma, you need to set time aside to nurture your passion.
Yes, we know that it’s easier said than done. However, always coming back to your reason for doing what you’re doing is perhaps even more important than the many tasks you need to complete. You can start out by dedicating just thirty minutes a week to reconnecting with your drive and relishing the passion for its own sake. This will energize you unlike anything else. You’ll feel connected with your work once again and excited to focus on the work that will help you achieve your goals.
Surround yourself with people who get it
An important part of reconnecting with your passion is connecting with others who share your passion. While spending time with people who have passions apart from yours is itself a rewarding experience, spending time with those who shareyour passion will benefit you in many ways. It’ll create a unique space for you to talk about ideas with people who can constructively critique them while also helping you develop those ideas further. And while many people seek inspiration from the millionaires and billionaires whom they follow online, getting inspired by the people around you is far more realistic.
Remember, your motivation will always fluctuate – it’s a natural part of the human experience. The good news is that you can always regain it, you can always reconnect with your passion.
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