What is it that makes staying motivated easy some days and nearly impossible others? And how can you keep that drive going, day in and day out?
Today we’re here to talk about the four biggest motivation killers and what you can do to overcome them. Half the battle in powering through a funk is figuring out what’s causing it in the first place. Once you know why you’re struggling to get motivated, you’ll be able to make the changes necessary to getting back to achieving your goals.
The thought of taking on too much can be a huge motivation killer. If you find yourself looking around at everything in your life, between work and home and hobbies, it’s easy to feel daunted by what you need to accomplish. There’s so much to do that tackling anything feels pointless and discouraging.
When being overwhelmed kills your motivation, take the time to focus on creating a haven in your home, getting just one room – or part of a room – as you like it. Allow yourself to come back to this space for at least 10 minutes a day to meditate or just be.
Routines are a natural part of our lives. But if you start to feel bored with the same old-same old, you’ll end up fighting it and not actually getting anything done. Similarly, doing job after job with nothing to look forward to, with no break in the routine, can sap your motivation.
Be sure to change your routine every so often. When you start to feel like you’re in a rut, your motivation’s one of the first things to go. Getting it back could be something as simple as changing your fitness routine (which you should do every 6 weeks anyway) or rewarding yourself every so often for your accomplishments.
You’re Not Focused
You can have a lot of energy and momentum, but with a lack of focus, they can fall flat. Before you let loose all that energy without motivation, take a moment to come up with a game plan for what you want to achieve.
If you’re not sure what your game plan should be, use your energy in spurts. Set a timer for 15 minutes and see what you can accomplish. It can be anything, and you may be surprised by what you get done. Challenge yourself to do more in another 15 minutes. Pay attention to what you’re getting done during your “accomplishment sprints” to help yourself develop a broader, long-term game plan.
You Don’t Have Any Help
Doubting yourself is one thing; when it feels like you don’t have the support of others, however, that can be a real motivation killer. Sometimes, all it takes is one person asking, “What’s the point?” to get your inner voice going with the same question.
This is a hard one for some to overcome, but the only way to do it is to ignore the people who ask that or tell you that you can’t. Be confident in yourself and your goals, move forward and try. Focus on the positives, and watch your motivation grow and grow. Remember: the most important person you need to achieve your goals is you.
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.