More Motivation

Sometimes it is difficult to get motivated. When you find yourself dragging to get things done, complete your to-do list, or on some days even get out of bed, you may need to get creative to regain or renew your sense of motivation.

If your motivational levels are already low, how can you gather the energy or inspiration to raise them again? Is there a way to increase your motivation, so you have even more than usual?

It’s human nature to want to find the easiest or simplest way to do something–it’s why hitting the snooze button or watching another episode of your favorite Netflix series is easier than working on a marketing campaign or cleaning the house, for example. However, it IS possible to increase your motivation and science says so too!

Think of your motivation like a muscle that you need to exercise to strengthen.

To begin increasing your motivational levels, it’s best to think about your motivation like you would the muscles in your body.

When you want to become stronger, you develop a workout routine that involves different exercises to achieve the results you want. However, if you run straight to the gym and try to lift the heaviest weights, you are going to struggle in the beginning because your muscles haven’t been conditioned to handle that heavy amount yet.

Think of your motivation the same way. Rather than pressuring yourself to be instantly super-motivated allow yourself the freedom and excitement to test new motivational techniques on yourself in small steps.

Over time, these small steps will lead toward an overall sustainable increase in motivation. According to Forbes, when you approach building motivation the same way as exercising and strengthening muscles, you will see results that last. Just like many trips to the gym will help you develop muscle, many small attempts at building motivation will lead to motivation increase! This strategy helps me with many things in life, not only for building motivation.

What Causes Motivational Levels to Drop

Occasional dips in motivation are normal and natural. If everyone were “on” 24/7, their motivation would disappear extremely quickly! It’s normal to have good days, okay days, and bad days concerning your motivation.

However, there are some specific causes for motivational levels remaining low, or in some cases, disappearing completely. For example, a lack of motivation can be caused by:

  • Stress and Anxiety: A common response to feeling overwhelmed by stress or anxiety is to shut down completely.
  • Past Trauma: If there has been a lot of trauma in your life especially trauma that has not been addressed or discussed with a mental health professional, your motivational levels can feel nonexistent.
  • Lack of Sleep: When your body does not get the rest it needs to function properly, your motivation can feel completely drained.
  • Insecurities: If you are suffering from insecurities, it can affect your motivation.
  • A Negative Environment: If you spend too much time with toxic people or in some negative, unpleasant environment, those energies begin to rub off on you and it can affect your store of motivation.
  • Feeling Lost: You can lose motivation when you feel like you don’t have any direction in life.
  • Lack of Control Over Yourself: When you lose control over yourself, your motivation takes a dive for the worse. For example, if you aren’t taking time to exercise, eat nutritious foods, set your boundaries, keep your schedule organised, attend medical check-ups, keep the car maintained and other such daily life activities, you can feel like you are losing control over yourself or your life.

How Can You Strengthen Your “Motivation Muscles”?

There are a variety of methods you can use to begin strengthening and increasing your motivation. It may take some time to determine which strategies work best for you. That is okay! It is important to test and measure. To get started, consider the following options:

  1. Implement more routines throughout your day.

It’s tough to feel motivated if you also feel overwhelmed. If your days feel unstructured and chaotic, try implementing some routines throughout your day to make things a little more predictable. When you get accustomed to some basic daily routines, you’ll feel less scattered and more motivated.

  • Identify people you admire and observe their habits.

Take note of how people you admire like to work. What motivates them? How do they push through tough times when they don’t feel inspired to keep going?

  • Create and use a personal mantra.

A mantra, or a short statement is an excellent way to get motivation going. The more frequently you repeat it, the more you’re going to believe it! Here are some ideas for you that I love using:

  • I can and I will!
  • I am adequate for all situations.
  • I can do anything I put my mind to.
  • I have done this before, and I can do it again.
  • This will get me closer to my goal.
  • It feels great taking action!
  • Break up big tasks into smaller, more manageable ones.

If a task you need to complete feels too big and overwhelming, break up these bigger tasks into smaller ones. Chunk it down. You will be amazed at how well this works.

  • Swap out your negativity for more positivity.

Learn to stop negative thoughts in their tracks! Then and there. As soon as they enter your mind, stop them! Replace them with more positive, more factual, more true or more honest self-talk.

  • Create a vision board of your dreams and goals.

Creating a vision board is not only fun and motivating; it also helps make your goals feel more concrete. It is easier to picture what you want for yourself compared to just thinking it and this helps increase your motivation enormously.

The Bottom Line

Finding motivation and increasing your motivational levels when you need it most takes time and patience. In my personal experience, it takes practice and using baby steps. As you include small moments of motivation-boosting habits throughout your day, your motivational levels will increase and it puts a whole different spin on your life. When I am more motivated, the world looks very different to me.

How about trying it out? When you are lacking motivation, practice one or two or more of these suggestions. Be patient with yourself and you will experience your motivation climbing day by day.

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