We’ve probably all had days where we’re less than motivated. Perhaps on those less than motivational days, we should challenge our less than positive behaviour.
These tips work for me:
- If something is too difficult or we’re doing something that is out of our depth, it’s very easy to lose motivation. We must be clear as much as we can on what we’re about to embark on, so that we understand the challenge ahead. When we’re confident we’re more likely to achieve our goal;
- If someone decides for us and it’s not what we want to do that will add to our lack of motivation. I was less than enthusiastic about the decisions that were made for me and therefore found it difficult to become motivated, let alone stay motivated;
- I know from my experiences that I would often wait until I felt better about things before I attempted to motivate myself, but looking back that is the worst thing I could have done. Motivation just doesn’t happen, we have to work at it. Not doing anything can make us feel less motivated, which means we’re less likely to change anything. We need to change our perceptions on how we feel so that we become more motivated;
- When self-talk is negative, we’ll literally talk ourselves out of accomplishing or achieving anything. Confidence and having a positive mind-set helps with motivation;
- We spend our lives being conditioned by external and internal influences (our own thoughts) both of which have a marked effect on our motivation. By investing in ourselves and concentrating on things such as growth, development and fulfilment, we’re more likely to stay motivated.
Finally, motivation gives us other tools so that we get to live our lives, without which we will achieve very little. I know that, because this was my life for many years.