Running out of fuel?
All of us do feel that way at one time of another. Essentially, we feel unmotivated about what we are doing at that moment.
Your body needs food to be powered up. Similarly, your mind needs motivation to be propelled. When your mind is 'hungry', you need to 'feed' it.
Learn how you can motivate yourself:
1. Revisit your purpose
What were you doing at that time? What was your original purpose?
We are usually enthusiastic when we set out to do something. We plan what to do and visualize our accomplishment at the end point.
That feeling is a good one. Recap and feel those positive forces that set you off.
2. Stay focused
You could have felt unmotivated because you are trying to do too many things in one go. Instead of getting much done, you suffer from fatigue. You feel unrewarded when you see little or no accomplishment after so much effort.
Work on only one or two things at one time. Stay focused.
3. Stay away from distractions
Non-accomplishment is often a result of distractions.
Are you lagging behind because you are lured by televisions, the Internet or snacks? Learn to recognize distractions and steer clear of them.
4. Examine your feelings
Sometimes you feel lousy without an apparent reason. Well, at least that is what you think.
The exact reasons for your lack of motivation may not be obvious to you. You would need to sit back and ask yourself some hard questions such as, "How am I feeling right now?", "What makes me feel this way?", "How long have I been feeling like this?" and "Have I felt this way before?"
It helps to know what bothers you.
5. Negate negative thoughts
We have such thoughts. In fact, we have quite a bit of them.
Negative thoughts come from the way you analyze people and things around you. You feel bad when someone comments negatively about the quality of your work. You feel discouraged when you sense from your boss's body language that you are not appreciated.
Learn to focus only on the helpful stuff. Hear only constructive views and do not read too much into unclear messages. They cannot help you in anyway. Besides, they were probably not real in the first place.
6. Check your company
Are you being dragged down by 'negative' people around you?
In your weaker moments, it is best to stay away from them. Instead, get yourself surrounded by 'positive' people. They can help you to amplify your willpower and up your motivation.
7. Create visual reminders
Motivational quotes can be your daily reminders to stay positive and upbeat. Put them near where you work.
By the way, nothing lasts forever. Remember to replace them when they no long inspire you.
8. Read and be inspired
You can get tons of inspiring stories from books and online articles. They often remind you that there are so much more you can do. Reading such materials is like taking health supplements when you are feeling unwell. It helps.
9. Defeat does not mean no accomplishment
It is easy to focus on defeats and miss out other accomplishments.
When you are unmotivated, it does not help if you zoom in to unhappy outcome. When you are out of fuel, you look to refuel rather than trying to puncture your fuel tank.
Go and recount moments of past achievements and let them help to fuel you.
It is perfectly human to feel unmotivated at times. Accept that and learn to deal with it.
While is it almost impossible avoid such emotions, you can work towards cutting down the occurrence. The real question you want to ask yourself is thus, "How often and how easily do I feel that way?"
The key to this matter is not whether you ever feel that way. Rather, it is about how fast and how well you can refuel yourself.
Imagine that you are an F1 race car. In order to continue in the race, you have to be refueled at the next pit-stop in a jiffy. In other words, go fast when you are fueled. Refill fast when you are out of fuel.
It is never too early to learn to motivate yourself. Start today.
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Happiness is a Choice
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“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.”