People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
– Zig Ziglar
Motivation is required every day–in huge doses! You need motivation to get up from bed in the morning, get work done throughout the day, and to fulfill obligations. You need motivation to reach goals. You need it to keep on trying when people tell you to give up. You need it to survive. So, what happens when you’re left with little to no energy to keep pressing on? To accomplish necessary tasks? What happens when you’re unmotivated, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied? You are stuck in a rut. It’s time to do something about being miserable. How? We’ll give you some strategies.
Before getting started, it’s important for you to know motivation can be affected by tons of unanticipated things. For example, the death of a loved one. You may find yourself needing to take a step back, including time away from the task you have at hand. Yes, this post if to help the unmotivated get more motivated, but sometimes it takes time and healing to regain the enthusiasm you once had. Caroline Jalango in How You Can Get Motivated To Reach Your Goals explains, “The first thing to do when you’ve lost your motivation is to face the situation, confront it and then correct it.”
Here are three things you can do to help recapture your motivation:
- Get Inspired
What has helped you feel motivated in the past? Think of music, movies, events, and people. Make a list of all of these things. Then, take a look at it. Contact the people who have inspired you in the past and let them know how much you appreciate them. Tell them how you’re feeling, and ask for advice on how to get motivated again. Next, visit the environments which gave you joy in the past. The point is to revisit people, places, and experiences that gave you hope, peace, and energy before.
- Focus Your Goals
Often people waste their time and energy trying to do too much at a time. What are your goals? Write these down. You won’t be able to accomplish these goals all at once, but one at a time. We’ll expand on this later.
- Take Care Of Yourself
If you’re not fulfilling your physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs, you’ll ultimately suffer. In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” written by Stephen R. Covey, he suggests having a balanced program for self-renewal to address these needs. You need to renew yourself so you don’t get burnt out.
With these three suggestions in mind, print out our calendar and follow a few instructions.
- Label your calendar with the month and dates.
- Think of a goal you want to accomplish and write this goal down in the margin or header of the paper.
- Break this goal down over the month. For example, if you want to become a better writer, write in each box one task that will improve your writing. These tasks could include keeping a journal and writing in it three times a week. For the other four days, you may want to do vocabulary or grammar exercises.
- You’re not done yet! Find four times a week to fulfill your physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs too. For example, to fulfill your spiritual needs, every Friday you could spend time in nature. To fulfill your social needs, every Wednesday you could meet up with friends for dinner. (P.s. Leaving one day free a week might be a good idea for you!)
Alright, unmotivated, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied, here’s your opportunity. We wish you the best as you go through this month! Don’t forget to print off this calendar to fill out!
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