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7 Great Ways To Overcome Loss Of Motivation

7 Great Ways To Overcome Loss Of Motivation

No matter who you are, you will have moments where you feel like you have lost of motivation and do not want to do anything at all. Even highly effective and successful people will have times when they feel unmotivated. However, it is the way they deal with this “down” time that keeps them moving forward and helps them to accomplish great things.

Motivation is one of the keys that will push you into taking action and keep you moving each day. If you do not have motivation, you will tend to procrastinate on the things that are supposed to get done. Eventually, you will put things off and totally give up on your project or task.

This is what is happening to most people out there. They say they want to become rich by investing or running their own business on the Internet. However, whenever they need to study the company report or build their website or write a report, they feel no motivation at all. This is where most people give up.

Fortunately, there are solutions to this. Here are the seven great ways how to overcome a loss of motivation.

1. Remember why you want to do it at first

If you feel a lack of motivation when you want to type an article, try to think about why you want to do it in the first place. The reasons you do something are the driving force behind everything you do. It is only when your reason is strong and emotional enough that you will do whatever it takes to accomplish the task.

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When you feel no motivation at all, it is because the reason behind what you’re doing is not strong enough. Think about it, why do people stop smoking? Most of the time, people stop smoking because they have a strong reason, if they continue to smoke, they may suffer serious health problem and might lose their love ones.

So why do you do what you do? Do you know why you want to achieve your goals and your targets? Make sure your reasons are strong and emotional. When you feel no motivation, think about the purpose why you want to do it.

2. Envision the success if you do it and feel the regret if you don’t do it

Ah, visualization, does it really work? Yes, it works and only if you are willing to work on it. Visualization has been a very powerful tool that available to us and it is free of charge. You can think and imagine whatever you want, wherever and whenever you wish to. If you think that visualization does not work, try to imagine vividly that you walk to your kitchen, open your fridge’s door, you see a big yellow lemon and you take it out. After that you take a knife and cut the big yellow lemon into half.

Imagine this vividly and as detail as possible. After you cut the lemon, take the half up and squeeze the lemon that the juice drops into your mouth. Feel your hand’s pressure, hear the squeeze sound and imagine the sour lemon juice gets into your mouth. Now, do you feel more saliva in your mouth or nothing?

Chances are, if you follow through and visualize it vividly, you will have more saliva in your mouth. Come on, this is just a visualization and it is not real, but why did you get more saliva in your mouth? This is because your mind cannot differentiate what is real and what is not. Your mind can only see it, but it cannot tell if it is real.

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This is what makes visualization such a powerful tool. Think about it, if your dream is to drive a Mercedes Benz, imagine the vivid picture of you driving. Imagine the model you want, the color, the feels when you sit in, the smell of leather, feel the steering and hear sound of the engine roaring. Do you think your mind will eventually make it real one day? You bet.

The point is this, when you imagine and visualize things in your mind, you will feel motivated to do it. When you dream about the car you want, you will create the motivation from within. Try do this when you feel like procrastinating and don’t have any motivation.

3. Create a supportive environment

Do you know that your surroundings and your environment can affect your mood? How do you feel when you go to a very high-end and luxury hotel for a stay? Do you feel you are valued more and you have more confident? This is especially true if you go to a less developed area and you stay in a luxury hotel. You will feel like you have more confident and you feel more superior.

You will become the people you mix around with. If you always mix with successful people who talk about business, you will learn and join in to talk about business as well. This is how you can become motivated and how you can use your environment to boost your energy level. On the other hand, if you mix with negative people who always gossip and talk about other people, you will feel negative and have no motivation to work as well.

So decorate your work space into a good and supporting environment. So that you will want to wake up each morning and rush to work, because the surrounding makes you feel good and motivated. This is why some people choose to use cars and expensive watches to help them boost their confident level. Remember, your environment is important and it can affect you. So change your environment instead of letting it to manage you.

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4. Change your physiology and stay in action

Motion creates emotion. Whenever you feel down and have no motivation to do your work, change your physiology. Try out this exercise. Try to feel down and sad, think about all the sad things that happened to you and notice your physiology. How do you breathe? Is your shoulder slump or up? What about your facial expression? Where are your hands and do you look up or do you look down?

When you are in a sad state, your physiology will stay in a certain way. Conversely, if you are feeling good and energetic, your physiology will be in a certain way as well. For most people when they feel great and motivated, their breathing will be faster, their hands gesture will be active, they talk faster and their eyes look in a certain way.

You can tell straight from the face whether someone is upset or whether someone is happy. And when you change your physiology, you will change your state as well. Therefore, if you don’t want to stay in a lousy state that is not helpful, try to notice your own physiology and change it accordingly.

5. Let others motivate you

Read a book, listen to music or watch something inspiring can definitely put you back on a faster gear. What you can do is to spend a minimum of 30 minutes each day to read an inspiring book every morning before you start your day. This way, you will make sure you kick start in the right state and are able to go through the day even if it is a rough day.

Videos and audio can be very helpful too. For example, when you are down and feeling no motivation, try to watch something inspiring on YouTube or listen to motivational speech from great people. You will be pumped up in no time and ready to go.

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The best way is still to position yourself in the right mindset and in the right state before you start your day. That is why reading is so important and it can change life. Almost all the extraordinary people who accomplish outstanding success in life read, everyday.

6. Dream big, start small and act now

This is a very powerful principle if you apply it into your life. When you dream, you have to dream big so that your dream can inspire you. However, when you start, you have to start small because you want to make it into a habit so that you will automatically take action consistently every day.

When your motivation is gone; start small. Just like if you have no motivation to call your customers, try to start small and call only a few. You want to build up the momentum from there. Once you start to take action, the motivation will come and you will be able to continue to do more.

Do the baby steps and gradually increase from there on. For example, if you want to exercise and workout five days a week, try to schedule and start small. Even if it is just five minutes a day, commit to it and just do it. The key is to build the momentum and make it easy for you to start. Once you get the engine started, gradually increase the momentum and get on to the higher level.

7. Take a break

Sometimes you just want to take a break. Remember, success is not a destination; it is a journey that you need to go through for a long period of time. It is not a sprint, but a marathon. Many people mistake success as doing something great and that success will come to over overnight. The truth is totally the opposite.

Almost all the successful people who have accomplished amazing results are able to do so because they persist long enough, they take action consistently enough and of course, they never give up. It is not something that can be created within a few days, not weeks and not even months. Real success takes years to build.

Therefore, make sure you get enough rest and take a break when need to. You need to understand your own capabilities and how much you can do. If you have done your work, you can reward yourself and take a break. You will notice that after the rest, you will feel more energetic, more motivated and are ready to take on the world again.

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No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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