When motivation seems to have disappeared, we sometimes feel that it’s unlikely to return. We feel stuck and it appears that there’s nothing good in sight.
Overcoming a lack of motivation could start with acknowledging that we’ve hit a wall that has completely knocked us down and out.
After being down on the ground for awhile we may start to get a bit comfortable, and we don’t make the effort we should to get back up.
Life is gonna hit us hard, but we gotta hit back harder.
Here are some methods to use to fight back.
Embrace Failure and Imperfect Circumstances
When we take action towards our goals, it’s an act of faith.
We don’t know if things are going to work out exactly how we’ve pictured, but if we’re putting in work towards our ideal, it’ll develop our character.
Character development is something that nobody is going to see.
When you fail, people will just see the outer you.
They don’t know that you’ve just created some positive work habits that is soon going to bring you to the next level.
They don’t know that you’ve adopted a positive mindset.
They don’t see the resiliency you’ve developed as a result of all the effort.
You are better than you were.
See Further Than the Present Moment
Being goal oriented means we acknowledge the lessons learned from the past and that we are drawn to a positive future.
When we’re looking towards the future, are we feeling a sense of insecurity and fear, or are we hopeful?
A part of the brain called the reticular activating recognizes around us what ever it is we put our focus on.
If it’s fear, our subconscious is going to look for the negative.
On the other hand, as we keep a positive view of the future, we’ll start seeing the blessings we already have and acknowledge the hope that there’s much more to come.
Something tough happened and it’s got us down.
Hardship sometimes leads to pain that can paralyze us from taking further action. Things start to feel a bit hopeless.
Life is tough, emotions are tough, circumstances are tough, and this pain can hurt us.
But at the same time, we can use this pain to motivate us.
We can use the energy to drive us to better ourselves.
Ralph Marston says,
Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.
All that channeled energy can go into putting in work.
In this respect, pain can be a blessing in disguise.
Change What is Changeable
When we fall short in certain areas of life, we come to the realization that we have room for improvement.
Even so, we still have that temptation to wish away the problems and hope that external circumstances change.
As we fall into a passive hope for change, we’re giving up a great opportunity for positive change in ourselves.
We can be tempted to focus on that which we can’t change.
It’s easy to cast blame on what’s going on around us and the choices of other people because it makes it easier to reconcile with the tough situations while not having to look at our own shortcomings.
But when it comes to changing the things that we can, it’s more difficult because then we’ll have to face ourselves.
What makes it easier to face ourselves when improving is being in a growth mindset with the realization that change is inevitable, so we might as well change for the better.
Skill Development and Goals
A lot of whether or not we are going be inspired on the daily depends on the small successes we take part in.
As we’re out in the pursuit in chasing our ideal, it’s important to not get lost in the noise.
When there are distractions, we can be prone to leave our interests and talents behind because of the allure of short term internet dopamine hits.
But if we keep our guard up and recognizing distractions in our lives when we see them, thing’ll be good.
It comes down setting goals and mastering the skills that are required to achieve the goal.
As we go for it, continue our self development, and are appreciative of blessings, the future will be bright.
Let’s harness that energy that comes with the dissatisfaction from the trials of life so we can get next level.