What happens when one day you just wake up lacking the energy to do anything?
It happens to all of us. Not wanting to go out of bed, not wanting to stay in it either. That’s normal. That’s the stuff of life, so to speak.
Here are another inspirational thought and a motivational message for you to keep you going in spite of what hurdles you are facing right now.
What is not normal though is getting entangled with the lack of energy, lack of drive, lack of motivation. What is not normal is to continuously talk yourself into the act of not doing anything. But what do you do when all the drive inside of you are purged out?
People have different issues with motivation. Some people find it hard to begin while others find it excruciatingly hard to finish. Both ends of the tasks are often the hardest to accomplish.
It could be because the task is unpleasant, uninteresting, or lacks the thing that makes you feel motivated to get off your butt and start working.
When having troubles with getting or staying motivated, try these following tips.
Kick the habit of procrastination
Procrastination is very enticing, that is why many people are led to its path. But, never for a second believe that it is satisfying.
Procrastination eats up a lot of your time while leaving nothing for you to get ahead with your task. Procrastination also leaves that lingering, powerful guilt feeling that saps the energy out of your body.
The unwashed laundry. The unfinished business plan. The project that lays idle on your table. All these are reminders that you haven’t done anything with your habit of procrastination.
And all these produce that same sense of half-pleasure, half-guilt feeling produced by not doing the task on time.
Over pampering yourself is a bad habit and a fatal one too. Y
ou may not lose your life while procrastinating, but you can lose your job, opportunities and the chances of success whenever you hesitate and delay your tasks.
No one wants to miss out on these things, so just do the opposite of pampering, try to push yourself.
If you think you can do a task in one hour, try to finish it in 30 minutes. Add more outputs every day. Make yourself extra productive.
There is a certain sense of pride and accomplishment in being able to defeat your worst enemy – yourself.
Be careful not to push yourself too hard, though. Always leave time for rest and relaxation as these can charge your mind and body to keep your energy and interest in the things you do at the highest.
Stop talking yourself out of it
There are always two parts of your head that are battling for your attention. One part convinces you to start working on your task; the other gives you all the convincing arguments to delay your work.
In most cases, the second part wins. But for people who have no serious issue with motivation, the good, inspiring side always wins out the debate.
Always try to listen to that part that talks you into doing your tasks, not to the one that pulls you back to that cozy bed where you can steal a few minutes’ worth more of rest.
Envision the completion of the task
Think like you have already finished your task. Few people appreciate the benefits of creating mental images of finished tasks.
The reality though is, this can help a great deal in motivating you to get on with it. Think of the euphoria of not having anything to make you feel guilty.
Or the sense of pride in being able to accomplish something. The more you think of the benefits of finishing your tasks, the more convinced you will become to get ahead with it.
Create a picture board
Fill the picture board with images of your desired goals. The car you want to own, the house you want to live in, the area where you want to live yes, they’re the obvious ones.
Others could be pictures of holiday destinations, trophies, first-class travel tickets, clothes you want to buy, fine restaurants you want to frequent – whatever you can think of that gets your pulse racing.
Think of the worst-case scenario
We have all been told that envisioning success is a good motivator. Now, why not do the exact opposite? Why not envision a future that is bleak, hopeless and stripped off all happiness and success.
Why not envision yourself living eternally in a rut where the sense of accomplishment and a tiny hope are inexistent?
Scary, right? Few people realize that they already own a one-way ticket towards this very vision.
Now what you want to do is to get off your butt and work your way out of the train wreck you are heading to. Turn your life around and work for a goal. Now, that is getting motivated.
Fear your fear
Fear is the force that is determined to stop you in your tracks and rob your dreams from you. But it can only do this if you let it.
Are you going to let this cruel destructive charlatan trample on your dreams, steal your happiness and crush your spirit?
Imagine this thought haunting your final days
“I didn’t do the things I wanted because I was too frightened to live”.
And by then, it’ll be far too late to conquer fear. Refuse to let fear spoil your life and start taking action – now!
If you want to change your life for the better then get angry about where you’re at now. Having a laid back attitude towards change isn’t what’s needed and it won’t create a strong desire within you.
So ask: “Why do I want to change?” Is it because you’re FED UP with debts? Does your job DRIVE YOU CRAZY? Is your life DULL AND PRECITABLE?
Are you SICK AND TIRED of doing the same thing week in week out?
Are you BORED BEYOND BELIEF by the dull, uninspiring, unhappy people you associate with?
THEN GET ANGRY ABOUT IT.
And I mean REAL ANGRY. Write it all down, all of the frustrating, unrewarding, miserable lot of it that makes every day a dull slog until your final days. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?
Set a date for change and commit to it
Change must come to all of us. Sometimes it is forced upon us, sometimes we choose when it will happen. It is always much more preferable to have control over the change that can take us over.
If the change you are seeking requires a specific date on the calendar, then set it. Make a huge, red circle around the date and stick with it.
Let this serve as a motivator, to start doing the things you should have done weeks, months or years ago. Let this chosen date serve as the new beginning of your life.
Break the routine
When you’re doing the same thing every day, sooner or later, the energy that you once had will drain out.
No matter how passionate you were with your work, project, or goal when you were just beginning, you will suffer from lack of motivation once your body senses that it is doing the same thing day in, day out.
Don’t be afraid to break the routine once in a while. Quit work for a full day. Stop doing your routine for a week. Take a month-long vacation. Take on a new hobby for a year.
These can help energize you and rekindle your drive. And while you’re taking your break from your routine, don’t lose the faith that you will have the same kind of energy you once had by the time you get back to work.
Don’t lose sight of your goals
It is easy to lose your focus when there is too much distraction around.
Whether it’s the kids, clutter at your work area, Twitter or Facebook, you will find that these simple things remind you of other things that can drive your concentration away from the task at hand.
To prevent yourself from killing your own motivation, always try to stick with your goals and shut out whatever it is that it trying to reduce it.
Free Yourself of Negativity
The most dangerous thing that you could ever come up with would be negativity. It’s too damaging, stressful, and a complete waste of time. On the other hand, it’s a lot easier to get think negatively than positive.
Being disappointed in something can stir up a lot of negative thoughts and doubts. You should never be negative because it will only steer you away from your goal.
Other than that, negative thinking can drain the life out of you and that’s not just your mental health at risk but your physical health as well.
Take Care of Yourself
Most of the time, it’s easy to neglect the simple things that could motivate oneself. Personal grooming and health can easily be overlooked which is always a big no.
Before you do anything else, be sure to put your personal welfare on top of the list. It’s not being greedy or anything but rather giving yourself an assurance that if anything goes wrong, you could move on anytime.
Buy yourself a new suit, a nice looking tie, and a pair of good looking kicks. Investing in yourself never hurts and it retains motivation. Just don’t overdo it though.
The most important thing of all is not the money or your career but rather the happiness that you felt from start to finish. Enjoy yourself! That’s a mandatory approach that you should not overlook.
Although pressure and stress may always accompany you, don’t let it hinder happiness. It’s the ultimate incentive that you could get in this life. Motivate yourself through happiness.
However, you may define it, being happy is one of the most powerful motivational techniques since the existence of man.
After all, if you’re living your life without happiness, you’re not living life at all. Be happy, feel motivate, and enjoy the beauty of what life has to offer.
If you look at it at one point, there’s nobody in the world who can motivate you into doing anything. It’s basically you alone who can motivate yourself to pursue your dreams and succeed.
Hopefully, these tips help you to spark some motivation to light up your life. Fire up your motivation and live life to the fullest!