Are you stuck in a rut and need motivation? Well you’re not alone. I’m not sure if it’s (a) the time of year, (b) the pile of work on my desk, (c) the ever growing to-do list, (d) my low energy or (e) I just need a vacation but from where I sit it does feels like (f) all of the above. And it really makes no difference how ambitious, determined and confident you are, we all go through a phase where we lack the inspiration and motivation to get through it all. We all know what it feels like when we get stuck and it’s never, ever a fun experience. The facts prove a shortage of motivation amounts to a shortage of productivity. It’s like the hamster on a wheel, the same negative and unhelpful thoughts repeat in our head over and over again.
Need Motivation to Get Unstuck, You’re Not Alone!
I don’t know many people that every single day are able to bounce out of bed motivated and ready to take the world on with a smile. I’m talking to you Mary Richards! We all have those times that no matter what we do we just aren’t able to drum up the passion, energy and motivation to get the work done. And for anyone that has ever been stuck, sometimes no matter how hard we try, it can become a destructive and discouraging scenario. Have no fear there are things we can do to restore the passion and motivation we need to be productive.
Four Tips to Help Find Lost Motivation
Yes sometimes it can feel that it’s easier to remain deep rooted in that rut believing the circumstances will turn themselves around. But that couldn’t be further then the truth. When looking to break out of a rut, the first place to look for a solution is in the mirror. So if you want to change and ignite that inner motivation, first and foremost accept that the power is in your hands.
Recognize the Signs – At all times, but especially now, It is vital to take the time to realize and become familiar with what you are actually feeling. It is imperative that you understand how and what affects you and how you react to the good and the bad; stress, achievements, worry, tension, successes and the like. By being able to recognize and handle your emotions and feelings you are able to help yourself whether already in a rut or heading that way.
Find What Really Motivates – Take the time for some introspection and discover what really motivates you outside your career. Are you into exercise, helping others or is there a special hobby that encourages you and gets your motor revved? Sometimes the change we need is right at the end of our nose. Once you do determine what inspires you can make all the difference, shake things up by incorporating a new or different activity into your life.
Set Goals – It is important to be able to take the reins and rely on ourselves to refuel, inspire, motivate, excite and challenge. The powers that be don’t always have the time or personal motivation to set goals for others. They don’t have to be huge, set the world on fire goals but by setting and tracking our goals we get to see how far we”ve come and what we have actually accomplished. That alone can help turn around one”s perspective and attitude.
Keep At It – We all know it but it does bear repeating, work produces results and isn’t that the name of the game. Not one single person is motivated every day. But by continuing to chip away at the work on hand and never ending to-do list, especially when you’re not into it, can become the motivation you need. Remember daily or weekly to acknowledge and value your achievements. Seeing ones successes can be just that inspiration you needed.
If you want make a change now is the time. Lack of motivation is no reason to not do something. So many times lack of motivation is tied to attitude, approach and frame of mind but really in life it’s about the journey not the destination, right? Start today taking steps to make the changes and turn things around. Renew your passion, move forward and start creating that energy and movement you need and hopefully soon you’ll be able to say rut what rut.