We’ve all been there— when getting out of bed takes a Herculean effort and you can’t seem to find your “get up and go”.
A couple of years ago, I hit a wall. My motivation just seemed to evaporate into thin air. It was hard to get out of bed and get on with my day. I seemed to be tired all the time. After the first week of trying to survive my schedule - I knew I was in trouble. I told myself - "hey Greg, you're the motivational Coach and Speaker - grow up and get your mojo back! It wasn't working. A few days later I listened to a Podcast that challenged me to determine what I am most passionate about. As I contemplated that question and journaled about it - I realized: it's equipping people to win at life and work. I love that! Slowly my passion and motivation begin to return and I also discovered there are some simple steps that can ensure our motivation stays strong.
The peaks and valleys of life are part of what it means to be human, however, there are ways to work around this lack of motivation. When life is lacking its usual zest, here are a handful of tips to find that deep-seated passion you long to rediscover.
5 STEPS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR MOTIVATION
- GET BACK TO THE BASICS.
- TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR SCHEDULE.
- QUIT SOMETHING.
- BE SPONTANEOUS.
- FOLLOW SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE.
GET BACK TO THE BASICS
It’s pretty simple. Things like poor nutrition or lack of rest might be the source of your lack of motivation. If you’re not getting close to eight hours of rest a night, if you’re propping yourself up at work with caffeine, your body and brain are not likely to respond well to the tasks that lie ahead. In fact, fatigue may make you a bit lazy or even bored. Begin viewing your energy as a bank account: when it’s spent, it’s spent! Start realigning priorities and make a budget for your energy so that a good night’s sleep is in the books.
If sleep isn’t your issue, you might consider getting a standing desk at work, or even just drinking more water. Dehydration is an epidemic that’s plaguing our Starbuck’s-infused workforce. We need to drink more water. In fact, while reading this blog, go grab a glass of water right now.
While you’re getting that glass of water, take a moment to look at your schedule. Chances are, lack of motivation is linked to operating in a constant state of overwhelm.And the truth is, most us are overbooked.
TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR SCHEDULE
You may need to reorganize some of the things you’re committing your most precious resource to—your time. See if there’s anything that stands out in your schedule as excessive. Sometimes getting stuck in these routines of obligation causes our passion to derail. Consider your biggest priorities by writing them out on a list and address why these things deserve the bulk of your time. Then, take the lesser things that didn’t make the list and see where you can make adjustments.
Warning: this will be difficult and you will face resistance from your boss, friends, family members, kids, coworkers, neighbors, and maybe even your spouse. But if you’ve had enough with over commitment and living out crammed agendas made by other people, then it’s time for a change!
If you’ve read Bob Goff’s book “Love Does” you know that he quits something every Thursday. That’s quitting something once a week! Bob knows the power of limiting busy work to carve out space for the things we’re really good at, and the things the rest of the world is counting on us to do.
We can’t do those things if we’re sticking our heads down in menial tasks that deplete our energy bank account and dry up our well of creativity. So quit something! Really try it. It might change everything for you.
Surprise your spouse with an adventurous picnic date, try your hand at a completely new sport and see how you do, pick out a book you wouldn’t normally read, or buy tickets to that rollercoaster theme park you’ve been too scared to try.
Spontaneity is the soul’s rallying cry for adventure, and when life seems dull, sometimes it’s because all the steps are planned out and predictable. Shake it up and see where the chips fall.
FOLLOW SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE
The truth is that gratitude and sincere admiration reminds us of what’s most important.
There’s a reason that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Take a moment to think about who you admire. Maybe it’s someone you’ve never met before, like your favorite author or musician. Or it could be a close friend who has inspired you with their constant positive outlook on life and ability to listen well. Try that person’s approach and use their positive energy and keep their positive energy with you as you face the day’s challenges.
I guarantee you will begin to see a difference during this motivational dry spell. You might even look over your shoulder and realize that it’s not even there anymore.
To your excellence in finding motivation for the long haul,