How to Overcome the Lack of Motivation

Motivation plays an important role in one’s overall development but many of us miss it just because we are not aware of it. The following are some guidelines:

Just do a little bit:
When you are not motivated to do something, like hitting the gym, playing the violin, or mowing the lawn, make yourself do just a tiny bit of it to make the task seem less intimidating. Go to the gym and just sit in the locker room and listen to music for ten minutes. Once you get started, you’ll probably find the motivation to continue, but even if you don’t, at least you’ve done a little bit and can feel good about it.

Change up your routine:
Stop doing what you have been doing for a long time and start doing something new. It could be anything, for example, changing your habit of getting up late in the morning. The habit of getting up early in the morning will definitely give you something to cherish.

Stop comparing yourself to others:
All of us are endowed with certain unique qualities. Just be yourself. Respect yourself. At times you should talk to yourself – this could help to clear your vision.

If you try hard for something and don’t get it, it simply means either you are not fit for it or you are made to achieve something greater. Trust your abilities and aim for the right one.

There is so much noise around you. You hardly listen to your heart. Your inner voice is your best guide. Follow it religiously and you will have nothing to repent.

You didn’t bring anything with you when you came to planet earth. So there is nothing to lose. Whatever you gain is a bonus.

Your fears are the root cause of all the worries and tensions. The moment you overcome your fears, you become a different person all together. You are not here to please others or to hurt others, you are here to make the most of each and every moment of your life.

Try to establish if there is an underlying cause to your lack of motivation:
For example a bad diet, run-down, emotional stress, too much pressure at work, lack of sleep or general depression.

Once you’re satisfied that you’re physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally fit it’s time to focus:
You wouldn’t be concerned about a lack of motivation if you didn’t have a specific venture you wanted to embark on. You might know what this is, or maybe you’re in need of a general change in direction. Spend some quality time considering your purpose.

Now dwell a while, dream, visualize:
Remember, sometimes we set such gigantic goals for ourselves that we’d need to be superhuman to accomplish them, especially if we think we have to do it all ourselves. So think of different scenarios. Have you or someone else done this before? How do you suppose they did it? What do you suppose their first step was? Imagine how they might have gone about achieving the first phase of the project and who might have helped them.

Keep your mind active, doodle if you need to, write down what comes to mind and allow yourself to fill in as much detail as possible, until you reach a place that seems to be the destination you’d like to arrive at.

Now go back and consider why you want to do this. What result would you like to achieve in the first place?
Make a note of a few steps you can take to achieve the first item on your agenda.
Diarize the steps in sequence of the days you intend to do the tasks.

Remember to evaluate yourself regularly in order to keep growing and more motivated with each step.

Asy Nkanata, Operations Assistant


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