We need motivation for every decision we make from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep. For example: Do you want to be fit? Then you have to find the motivation to work out. Do you want to be successful? Well, you have to find the motivation to become an absolute bad*ss.
Everything is achievable with the right amount of energy to propel you forward in the direction you want to go. Motivation is the key to getting things done, whether they are small or big tasks. All of these facts about motivation sound easy to understand, yet a lot of people still lack this component that could potentially improve their lifestyles. I’ve found myself with little motivation on separate occasions, but I was aware that I needed to be productive. It’s all about being disciplined and getting things done even when you “don’t feel like it”. To fight back, I decided to face the problems head-on, and that was by listening to my body.
Now, what does listening to your body have to do with motivation you may ask? Here are the answers:
Mental Health. Believe it or not, sometimes anxiety or depression, as well as other mental illnesses can cause motivation to disappear. Therefore, the cause behind the lack of motivation could be that you are going through a tough time, mentally. It’s important to take care of your mental health and give yourself the days to rest your brain. Being a human is complicated enough, and sometimes life’s daily stressors can make some days worse than others. I cannot stress enough how important mental health is when it comes to finding the motivation to be productive or reach a goal. It’s okay to seek out help and take time to do some self-care, although some people might feel like they are weak for doing so, nothing is weaker than denying yourself a healthy mental space. The motivation might take a while to come back, but don’t force it, it’ll come when you are ready to receive it.
Burnout. No, it is not the same as mental health, but it can correlate to it. One can burn out for a million different reasons, and sometimes it can come as a wave of pure exhaustion. An example of this is when you are working on a goal for a while, then suddenly you might start to lose interest to continue it cause the idea of putting energy into the goal sounds tiring. It can also occur when you are doing too much at once. A way I found to combat this is to: take a step back, re-evaluate, and break goals into steps. You might find that achieving a certain goal just isn’t fitting the type of lifestyle you want to live and that is 100% okay. Sometimes putting too much energy into the wrong things can cause one to lose all motivation. I suggest that you periodically check-in with yourself and review that list of goals to make sure you are on the right path.
Self-Esteem. Sometimes the love you give yourself might not be enough for you to truly believe in yourself. Low self-esteem can cause one to not believe in themselves, therefore the lack of motivation can show up as being scared. These issues can arise from any circumstance, so it is important to learn to love yourself completely. If you want to be a bad*ss, as I mentioned earlier, you have to be confident! There is never a day that I don’t tell myself how cool I am for always believing in myself. It sounds confusing, but positive self-talk can go a long way. Don’t forget to show yourself appreciation for doing your best. Boost that self-esteem, then find that motivation and confidence to be successful.
Lacking motivation is the absolute worst thing that can happen to someone that is trying to reach their goals. If this happens to you, make sure that you are listening to your body and doing some self-care. Never feel weak for putting yourself first because at the end of the day you need to be in good shape, whether it is mentally or physically, to act on your motivation. Check out another article of mine, (positive self-talk) that can help you boost your self-esteem. Lastly, don’t forget to listen to Confidence Tones on the days that your mind might need some time to recharge…or just make it part of your daily routine!
Motivation will make its way into our lives when we are ready to receive it with no roadblocks.