Feeling unmotivated may be one of the most frustrating feelings ever. You have goals, you have things that you want to do, you even make plans. But then, when the time comes, you just cannot get yourself together. You reschedule, you push back your timelines, or you just do not do anything. All motivation is gone and all you have is a bunch of unfulfilled plans and goals. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. This post explores five ways why you may feel this way.
Lack of Self-Discipline
Any goal that you have that is going to require a change in habit is going to require discipline. If want to start eating healthier, you are going to have to be disciplined enough not to purchase the unhealthy foods that you might prefer. Self-discipline is a vital part of your motivation to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. You may have to deny yourself of those things that make you comfortable but are not getting you any closer to your goals. Many people fall short of their goals because their lack of self-discipline keeps them from creating those new habits or learning those new skills that can get you motivated to achieve your goals.
No Clear Goals
It is very hard to get motivated to achieve a goal that is not clearly defined. It is important to clearly define the goal and how success will look. Without clear goals you may know you want something different for yourself, but you will float through each day not feeling really motivated to do anything. Real motivation can be found in clearly defined goals. Clear goals increase motivation as it will make it more likely that your actions will be intentional as you move towards success. Many times, there is a lack of motivation because, while we may desire a change, we do not clearly define where we want to end up.
Waiting for the Right Time
So many of us are guilty of this. We are not truly motivated because we are waiting for the right time. We are waiting for our kids to get older, waiting until we are totally out of debt, or for some other thing to fall perfectly into place. Motivation can be lost during this waiting period. This is because the right time never seems to arrive as other things always seems to come up and we push back out timeline more and more. Life moves fast and time seems to move even faster. The right time may never come so it is imperative to keep our motivation high by starting to work on our goals now.
Doubt can keep you from doing a lot of productive things that can move you towards your goals. Doubting that you deserve all good things that come your way and doubting that you can reach your dreams are all motivation killers. Self-doubt will keep you from doing all that you can to achieve your goals. Depending on the type of goal you are trying to reach, half-trying may be the equivalent of not trying at all. Self-doubt will keep you stagnant in life and will deplete you of all motivation. Begin that you can accomplish all things and your motivation will begin to rise.
Have you ever met someone who had a bleak outlook on everything in life? Whenever someone comes with just a little bit of good news, they come to the conversation with a bucket of water to throw on your good news. Having a negative outlook on life can limit any motivation that you may have. It is much easier to be motivated to do what you need to do to meet your goals when you believe that you can. Try to pay attention to your thought patterns and how you view certain circumstances. Begin to consciously frame any negative thoughts that you may have into more positive ones. Hopefully, this will begin to increase your motivation.
What other things would you add to this list? Comment below some strategies that you use to increase your motivation.