No matter who you are, you will have moments where you feel like you have lost your 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’s 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 7 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.
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 have 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.
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 to 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?
You will become the people you are around with. If you are always surrounded by successful people who talk about their growth and learning, you will learn and join the conversation 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 are surrounded by negative people who always gossip and talk about other people, you will feel negative and have no motivation to work as well.
So ensure your work space is a good and supporting environment. So that you will want to wake up each morning and go to work.
Remember, your environment is important and it can affect you. So change your environment instead of letting it to manage you.
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 happy. And when you change your physiology, you will change your state as well.
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 kickstart in the right state of mind 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.
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; it can change your 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.
Take baby steps and gradually increase from there on. For example, if you want to exercise and workout five days a week, try to schedule it 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 Breaks When Needed
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 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.
Make sure you get enough rest and take a break when 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.
More About Motivation
- How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up
- 9 Types of Motivation That Make It Possible to Reach Your Dreams
- Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)
- 8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times
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