Lack of Motivation.
I do not know about you but I have days sometimes where I feel so deflated. I was talking about this with my daughter who said some days she feels she does not want to get out of bed. Or she wants to go to the Bahamas on her own. Not all of us can go to the Bahamas at a drop of a hat and some of us have obligations and commitments, so although the idea sounds appealing I am staying put for the time being.
Today is one of those days, I feel I just want to waste my time watching Amazon Prime Videos all day.
I do not drink alcohol, only on social occasions, and this year there is nothing social about it. My OCD will not permit me to go to Pubs which are open in Wales. It’s unfortunate that our neighbor England is on lockdown again, but it is what it is and has to be done.
This got me thinking as I am very active on LinkedIn and a top recruiting firm in the UK, the CEO announced he was feeling not so motivated. He also said he was living alone which got me thinking how many other people are in the same boat and are contemplating their navels.
Life is full of obstacles and we need to find ways to train our brains that whatever is happening to us is just temporary and we have the power to change the situation.
If you have recently lost your job and are struggling to find work, what you do is create a job and be your own boss.
You must promote yourself and your brand, no one will know you exist unless you tell them.
If you have a craft and are creative put your creativity online.
How about setting up your own eCommerce store and start dropshipping. With the current situation, we are in, most people shop online.
Start a blog and do affiliate marketing. You need to create your blog first though before being approved for these programs.
Whatever is going on with your life start being creative and start writing things down including all the pros and cons.
Start a dream board and focus on your goals.
Meditate and manifest your dream into reality.
My lack of motivation would disappoint my readers because if I did not write a post or two I would be letting people down.
I have gone too far now to give up.
I manage my client’s blogs as well as my own so I have plenty of work to keep me busy.
But some days I feel sad because everything I do is not happening fast enough my goals seem so distant, but I know if I persevere I will get there in the end.
Motivation is the process that makes us initiates an action, whether it is getting up to go to the kitchen to researching and gaining knowledge online.
Our time is precious and should not be wasted. By learning something new, we are gaining knowledge that is more valuable than money or gold.
Motivation is defined by biological, emotional, social, and cognitive factors that activate our behavior.
Types of Motivation
There are two different types of motivation that are frequently described as being either extrinsic or intrinsic:
Extrinsic motivations are those that arise from outside our control and may involve rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition, or praise.
Intrinsic motivations are motivations that are from someone doing something off their own back like playing a game or completing a crossword puzzle purely for the personal gratification of problem-solving.
When you set goals unless you follow them through you will not succeed. You need to stay focused and need to be persistent.
Simply having the desire to accomplish something is not always enough. In order to achieve such a goal requires you to follow it through and not give up, the ability to persist through obstacles, and endurance to keep going in spite of difficulties.
There are three major factors to motivation: activation, persistence, and intensity.
Activation involves the decision to start a specific task.
Persistence is the persisting effort towards a goal even though there may be obstacles.
Intensity is the ability to stay focused and concentrate into pursuing a goal.
You need to remember when you set your goals daily that you reward yourself for completing the task. You could do this at the end of the day, week or month. If you do not know how to reward yourself pay yourself some money or treat yourself to something. By paying yourself and putting it into a separate bank account you will be surprised how much money you make if you are persistent.
My downfall ten years ago as I did not know how to train my brain and was reckless with money. I was spiraling out of control was not focused on my life and was living in cloud cuckoo land. I had no goals and felt my life had ended. It is only in the last five years I have done a lot of souls searching and gained a lot of knowledge online and it’s as if the starter gun had been triggered because there is no stopping me now other than my mental health issues. But if I keep myself busy I have less time to think and less time to feel sorry for myself.
As for my financial habits, I have now found a way to budget my money for everything and do not spend more than I need to. There are plenty of money budget tools online but I use a simple word table and make it colorful. You could also do an excel spreadsheet.
So by doing this blog I am not just helping my readers I am also helping myself.
Everyone experience fluctuations in their motivation and willpower.
Sometimes we may feel highly driven and other times we may feel listless or unsure of what we want or how to achieve it.
If you feel low and simply have no energy, there are steps you can take that will keep you moving forward.
Some things you can do include:
- Take baby steps, just so one thing as I have done today with this post.
- If you have a big project that is too overwhelming, break it up into smaller projects.
- Have plenty of exercise and sleep.
- Change your diet and eat healthily
- Find Mentors.
- Do some networking.
- Remind yourself about your achievements in the past and where your strengths lie.
- If there is something worrying you write it down do some research on how to combat it.
- Talk to a friend or family member or on a group or forum, anywhere where someone is willing to listen and give advice.
- Take a bit of time out to do something else, knowing you always have your goal to come back to.
- Do not procrastinate, you have to believe in yourself even sometimes when no one else does.
- Create a Dream Board of all the goals you want to achieve in the next 5 years to 10 years.
- Meditate and envisage your goals manifesting.
- Reward yourself.
- Pamper yourself or if your a guy groom yourself.
Do little things to make your life better and eventually you will make your confidence grow. Sometimes we have to start with ourselves and do a bit of soul searching and learn to love ourselves before we can find the power to prosper.
A seedling needs to be cared for on a daily basis before it gows into an oak tree!