The other day, I asked a question in the group, “what do you do when you lose motivation?” As a mom who suffers from depression, one issues that I have when trying to stay consistent in my goals is loss of motivation.
You would think that if you are doing what you love, it would be that simple.
But from research, most successful people don’t have this natural motivation or some burst of inspirational energy.
Many of them find an interest and make a commitment to improve — that doesn’t mean that everyday will be a blast during your journey.
After reading about how to improve motivation, the central theme is that motivation isn’t something you have to wait for, you can work on it.
Brainstorm what triggers your motivation to help you maintain it.
If you are feeling unmotivated, here are a few questions to ask yourself.
- What are my reasons for wanting to start a business, work in the field or achieve my goal? Figuring out your motives behind your dreams and goals is an important part of getting to the bottom of motivation loss. Sometimes you can want to acheive a goal for the wrong reason i.e competition, attention, to boast on social media. If your motives aren’t genuinely for yourself, maybe you’re in it for the wrong reason. Additionally, your reason may be valid. For example, giving back or because you love to cook. If this isn’t the case, think of why you began in the first place to help put some fire under your bottom.
- Is there a way to balance time spent trying to start/maintain my business? Whenever acheiving a goal, ensure that you’re not making it the center of your life. If you don’t have time for anything else, it could be a real motivation buster. The trick it to create a balance.
- What steps do I need to take to move closer to my goal? The more you’ve mapped out your dreams, it becomes realistic! Making tasks achievable, sparks motivation – if you can see it, you can achieve it. Organization is a essential part of planning. And if planning isn’t your strong point, you have another skill to invest your time into.
- Am I overwhelming myself or putting to much pressure on myself to be successful? Never bite off more than you can chew! Being overwhelmed isn’t fun and is the quickest way to lose interest in your goals.
- Am I learning from my mistakes/failures? Making mistakes is a part of the growing process. This is where you take notes and become a bigger and better boss woman. However, the best way to lose motivation is making the same mistake over and over again. This means you aren’t on the right track.
- What discourages me? Brainstorm on some things that discourage you; it can be negative people around you, having no support, not making any improvement and etc. Once you have a list, try to find ways to avoid them or improve on it.
- Am I proud of my accomplishments thus far? Reflecting on your accomplishments builds motivation as well as confidence. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves how much we rock, in order to stay afloat.
- What daily tasks can I include into my routine to increase my motivation? Tasks that help motivate me are listening to inspirational podcasts, reading scriptures, calling a friend for support and remaining positive. Whenever you are trying to be victorious, it is essential to surround yourself around positivity to keep your spirits motivated.
- What reminders can I post on my wall, social media and desk at work to keep me motivated? After researching ways to keep focused, posting reminders of our goals was the number one recommendation for many successful people. It is sort of like a self fullfilled prophesy or like keeping the faith that you will one day see your dreams come true. It is the biggest motivation booster.
- Do I pray about it? Prayer works! Set the day off with a prayer. Believe me, on the days when I don’t know how to get through the day on my own, I manage to give it to God.
- How can I reward myself for my achievements? Rewarding yourself, gives you something to look forward to. Although success itself will do it, a reward is a fun way to pat ourselves on the back for a job well-done.
- Is there a network, group or meetup for people in my industry? It’s always important to stay around like-minded peers. We are the company we keep. And a network of people experiencing the same struggles can provide the support to help you to get through motivation loss!