No matter how passionate you are about something, there’ll be times when you don’t have the motivation to keep pushing forward.
This usually happens when we need to be motivated the most; the moments when we feel like we’ll never reach our goals because they’re too distant or difficult. Or the times when we’ve failed (again!) and it doesn’t seem to make much sense to try one more time. The times when we wonder if our goals are worth the effort and we’re considering just giving up.
How can we push through these moments stronger than ever? How can we motivate ourselves when we’ve lost our motivation?
Take a break. When you’re focusing all your energy and attention on achieving a goal, it’s easy to burn out. It’s just as important to enjoy your life (flaws and all) as it is to be focused on creating a better one. Take a break from what you’re working on to give your mind and body time to recharge.
Remember why. Sometimes in the pursuit of our goals, we lose sight of the reason we began chasing them in the first place. Try to remember what it is you want by accomplishing your goal. Is it freedom? Do you want to be your own boss? Maybe you want more time with your family. Whatever the reason, remind yourself from time to time why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Just start. If you’re having trouble finding the enthusiasm to get started, start without it. Don’t wait to be inspired to take action … act, and you’ll be inspired.
“All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.” ~ Chuck Close
Share your goals. Talk about what you’re doing in your life with anyone who will listen, then surround yourself with people who believe in you and who support your goals. Their encouragement will help you overcome your fears and doubts (and there will be times when you’re afraid and unsure. If there aren’t, you’re not thinking big enough.)
Visual reminders. Post reminders of your goals (notes and photos) in places where you’ll see them often (at your desk or on the bathroom mirror.) Having a visual reminder will help keep you focused (literally) on your goal.
Quick wins. A great way to gain and maintain your motivation is by finding ways of giving yourself quick wins; small milestones that take you another step closer to success. The more quick wins you have the more motivated you’ll be to continue pursuing your goals.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you’ve lost your motivation?