What to do when you lack motivation? We’ve all experienced lack of motivation at some point in our lives. It could be a lack of motivation to work out, or work on your business/career, or simply a personal goal you have for yourself.
Know that you are not alone! Lack of motivation is something that most people have to deal with.
I was one of those people until I found 3 simple steps that helped me overcome my lack of motivation. They are really simple but very powerful, and in this article, I’ll share them with you.
Let’s get started!
1. Revisit Your ”Why”
There must be a reason for you wanting to achieve this goal. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be so frustrated about not taking action to achieve it.
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves what that reason is.
But sometimes, our ”why” is not powerful enough to drive us to take action. If that’s the case for you, I invite you to answer the five questions below:
- Is this something I truly want? (if not, pick another goal)
- How will achieving this goal improve my life?
- How will that make me feel?
- What would my life look like if I didn’t achieve the goal?
- How will that make me feel?
I guarantee you will feel much more motivated to take action after getting clear on your purpose and reminding yourself what that purpose is every day.
2. Make Sure Your Plan of Action Is Not Overwhelming You
I assume that you already have a plan for achieving your goal. If not, then you must create one because a dream without a plan is just a dream.
But sometimes, even when you create a plan, you find it hard to execute it because it is too overwhelming.
If that’s the case for you, don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people, including myself, face this problem sometimes.
Focus On The End Goal & Take Small Baby Steps Towards It
You don’t need to have it all figured out from the beginning. Just focus on the end goal and take small baby steps towards it.
You know what they say ”A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
As long as you know where you are heading and take persistent daily action, there is no way to fail.
The important thing is not to get overwhelmed. As soon as you start feeling overwhelmed, stop and go doing something else. What I find most effective is to go for a walk, but you are free to do any other activity that helps to clear your mind.
Another thing you can do is to focus on the 80/20 rule. 80% of your results are created by 20% of the work you put in. The other 80% of the work you put in is responsible for only 20% of your results.
Let me give you an example:
If you are a restaurant owner who wants to have more time and realize that 80% of your clients come at dinner, you can work from 7 PM to 10 PM instead of working all day. You will get 80% of the profits with just 20% of the work.
You have to identify what main actions create the majority of the results and focus on them.
3. Use Positive and Empowering Language
What are the words you are using when you talk about your goal? Do you use any of the expressions below?
- This is overwhelming. I don’t know where to begin.
- This is killing me!
- It’s so much work.
- This is so time-consuming. I don’t have time for anything else.
- There is so much competition. Why even try?!
…or any other related destructive expressions.
If you use negative language when you talk about your goals, then there is no wonder why you have no motivation to accomplish your goals.
Your mind is designed to keep you away from pain and to bring you closer to pleasure. When you use such destructive language, your mind links pain to taking action and achieving the goal.
Your mind starts making up all those excuses and makes you procrastinate. It can even make you sick so that you don’t have to experience the pain of taking action.
The good thing, though, is that you have complete control over the words you say. You can switch those negative words to positive ones. By doing so, you are showing your mind that you really want to achieve this goal.
Your mind starts linking pleasure to taking action, it gives you more energy, and you feel motivated.
What are the negative words you say about taking action towards your goals? Write them down, and next to each one, write a positive alternative.
Learn To Love The Journey
I really like this quote ”It’s not about the pursuit of happiness, but the happiness of pursuit”.
It really shows how enjoying the journey is the most important thing. You will probably spend less than 5% of your time enjoying the destination. After that, you will start pursuing a new goal.
So you better enjoy the journey! You spend the majority of your time there.
Don’t fall for the ”if-then” model. Don’t say ”When I achieve this, then I will be happy”. You must be happy as you are pursuing the goal.
I hope you got a lot of value from this post and that you now know what to do when you have no motivation.
It really comes down to three main things:
- Remind yourself why you are doing this.
- Focus on the end goal and take small baby steps towards it every day.
- Use positive and empowering language.
Last but not least, enjoy the journey!
When you do this, you won’t experience a lack of motivation anymore.
Let me know in the comments what your biggest breakthroughs were from reading this article. Do you feel like you now know what to do when you feel a lack of motivation?
If you need further explanation or if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments as well.