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The Latin etymology for the word motivation is "to move". Here I'll discuss what motivates people to perform tasks.
People are motivated when they have a clear desire to do or accomplish something. Motivation is a crucial part of establishing and achieving goals. And, we can influence our levels of motivation. While initially having motivation is common, it's staying motivated that is the actual struggle. Our drive to stay motivated may get battered by damaging thoughts and worries about the future.
So how can you pull yourself out of a motivation slump? Here are 12 tips!
12 Tips to Pull Yourself Out of a Slump
- Know what you want to achieve. If you do not know what you want to achieve, how will you know when and how to achieve it? To stay motivated from start to finish, be clear on what you want and what you need to do.
- Put your goals in writing. The act of writing down what you are going to do could be a strong motivator. Writing down your goals forces you to make them specific. Use action verbs to describe your goals. An action verb describes an action and gives a clear understanding of what is happening.
- Determine the steps to reach your goal. Knowing what the steps are will be your guide and will help you achieve small successes as you carry out each step.
- Formulate a guiding plan. It is vital to know the order in which each activity comes. If possible, alternate between easy tasks and more challenging tasks that will take longer to achieve. This will help you avoid going through long periods of time without completing part of your plan. A guiding plan will help you measure progress, boost productivity, and improve commitment, so you are more likely to achieve what you set out to do.
- Increase the challenge of your project. If you lack the motivation to do anything, try something you have never done before. The thought of doing something new and exciting can give you short-term motivation.
- Success is your responsibility. You must believe that initiative, effort, and persistence are major factors in achieving success, and it is your responsibility to find it.
- Think of challenges as opportunities. When you deal with a task where success is uncertain, think of it as an opportunity. Do not view challenging tasks as threats that may lead to embarrassment, otherwise, you might give up before you even start.
- Striving for achievement can be enjoyable. Perseverance pays off. Approaching each task with dedication, attentiveness, and commitment would help you maintain motivation. You may find you enjoy it, and the obstacle is not as difficult as you thought it would be.
- Improve your skills and learn what you need to learn. If you do not have the required skill to achieve a goal, improve your skills. Most of the time, all it takes is practice. If you need information to achieve your goals, identify the ways to bridge the gaps and build it into your action plan.
- Persistence works. Sustained effort and commitment will overcome initial obstacles. An early failure is not a sign of things to come. Once you achieve your first success, you will be less able to give up and less prone to losing motivation too quickly in the future.
- Live in the present as if it were the future that you hope to have. Think of how your life will be then and do it now.
- Incentive. Write down what your reward will be for achieving the goal. The reward does not have to be extravagant; it can be simple. Rewarding yourself as you progress is a big motivator. Remembering your reward whenever you start to feel your motivation drain can increase your desire to reach the goal.
Are You In a Slump?
What characteristics distinguish a motivated person from someone who struggles to get out of a slump? Many of us have to cope with doubt and depression at some point in life. What distinguishes successful individuals from those who fail is their ability to stay motivated and keep moving forward. Here are some characteristics of people who fail to move forward.
1. Lack of Self-Confidence
A lack of faith in succeeding may be due to focusing entirely on what you want and ignoring what you already have. Because of this, your mind justifies why you are not succeeding. This engenders depressing thoughts about how you perceive yourself. Your mind can become overshadowed by earlier failures, awful breaks, and/or personal flaws. When you try to perform under these conditions, you can imagine the worst about others, and start doubting your own abilities.
The solution is to focus on gratitude. Pay attention to all the positive things in your life. Make a mental list of your strengths, past successes, and current gains and refer often to it. Avoid ruminating about your failures. By focusing on feeling grateful, you will see how capable and effective you already are. This will restore your self-confidence and get you motivated to use it to further your success.
The mind can at times misrepresent reality to confirm what it wants to believe. The more negative your thought pattern is, the more instances your mind will find to confirm that belief.
When you believe that you deserve success, your mind will generate ways to achieve it. Believe that you will achieve your goals. Faith unlocks many sealed gates.
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2. Lack of Focus
People who focus on what they do not want, rather than on a concrete goal that illustrates what they really want, have fear-based thinking. Fear-based thinking makes it difficult, if not impossible, to act on what you want. When fear dominates thinking, it drains motivation and lowers the energy level.
If you feel stuck in fear-based thinking, focus your energy on a well-defined goal and identify the actions required to achieve this goal. For instance, if you are afraid of poverty, create a plan to boost your income. Have tangible and measurable steps instead of a vague desire. When you focus your mind on positive goals instead of letting fear cloud your thinking, you work on creating a plan for success. You no longer worry about the future as you start to act to reach your goals.
3. Lack of Direction
When you do not know what to do, you cannot feel motivated to do it. When you focus on having a goal, you will have a step-by-step plan to achieve it. Not having direction can smother motivation. We give in to procrastination when we do not have a clear view of future actions.
If you want to find direction:
- Identify and make a list of the activities that lead to success.
- Arrange these activities in line with the results you want to achieve.
- Create an action plan that focuses on activities that work.
- Keep track of the most significant tasks where you will direct your efforts to succeed.
Have specific targets to remove confusion. Avoid having too many things to execute as you will not get anything done if you attempt to accomplish everything at the same time.
When you start becoming less motivated, restore your sense of direction by creating a plan that has two certain actions. The first one should be a small task you have been wanting to do. The second one would be a long-term goal. When you do the smaller task, you create a positive momentum that would propel you to take the first step to achieve the long-term goal.
It is impractical to believe that we can avoid periods of low energy, bad luck, or the occasional failure. Motivation can be difficult during times when we feel low. There is no simple solution for a lack of motivation. Even after overcoming it, the difficulty might reappear at the first sign of failure.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Liliane Najm