When you first have the inspiration to tackle something new, the motivation can flow through our body like an energizing battery. The sensation is so powerful it feels like it will never end.
As a result of this electric feeling, motivation can lure you in to a false sense of security, leading you to believe you need to connect with your motivation – and that same high buzz – each day in order to achieve what you want.
The issue with this strategy is, it’s not humanly possible to remain ‘on’ all the time. Expecting the momentum of inspiration, and motivation to conquer the world every day, is just going to set you up to fail.
As you know, natural motivation ebbs and flows like a good storyline on The Bold And The Beautiful.
Life is busy. Work is stressful. Kids are demanding. Partners get cranky. You are exhausted.
Therefore relying on the magical force of motivation to propel us forward to achieve your goal, can not be the defining factor for success, because let’s be honest, motivation is fickle and fleeting at the best of times (especially on Mondays, right?).
Next time motivation fails, try one (or all) of these four strategies to get back on track:
1. Create A Routine
Research has shown developing a morning routine can set us up for a more positive day. Waking earlier than the family, enjoying quite time with a coffee or reading the paper before getting on with the day, can provide the stimulus needed to get things done. If you already have a routine but struggle to get going, perhaps it’s time to shake it up and try a new routine?
2. Keep a Journal
Are you in touch with how you actually feel? When we’re busy, stressed and focused on other things, our emotions can get left behind to ‘figure out’ another day. Each night before bed, spend 15 minutes dumping all your fears, frustrations and funny things down on paper to release it from your system. This will not only help you process random thoughts and feelings, but make way for what you truly desire in life – aka your big new plans.
3. Turn Off The Tech
They say ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ and if you are one of those people who gets sucked in to comparing her life with others on Pinterest, Instagram or whatever platform is your Achilles heel, then switch it off. Avoid those sabotaging traps, because the freedom that comes from needing another’s motivation, is both powerful and liberating.
4. Remind Yourself Why
It’s ok to change the track you’re on if all signs are pointing you to something new. Ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’ and if you can’t reconnect with that original source of inspiration and ‘why’ you started in the first place, then it may be time to create a new goal. Note, this is not a permission slip to give up. If your ‘why’ is still strong as ever, perseverance is most likely key. You can and will make it happen if you want to.
Let me know in the comments below, what helps you get back on track when motivation fails?