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4 Ways to Reignite the Fire Within When You’re Feeling Burnt Out

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Time and time again, I hear people say the phrase “I’m burnt out”, whenever they feel drained. Getting tired and feeling drained happens when you’re working hard, and I understand this. However, you’re not burned out. You simply lack the motivation to keep fighting. 

Think about it, when you’re really passionate about something, how can you feel burnt out if your passion is supposed to be what lights your fire? There have been countless days that went by when first starting my own business that I simply wanted to sleep in all day. I was physically and mentally tired from balancing collegiate studies and my own company. But, every single time I remembered why I was working so hard in the first place, that fire was relit under me.

Below are 4 ways to keep that fire under you lit and push you to achieve your goals:

1. Reread your goals

Rereading your goals can go a long way. While working hard and constantly pushing forward, you’re so focused on how hard the work is sometimes, that you forget to visualize the end results. You should have both short-term and long-term goals. Each goal should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. If it meets these requirements, when you do reread your goals, you will get a sense of urgency. This sense of urgency is what will help you get out of your “burn out.” It basically reignites the fire.

2. Go back to that dark place

Some individuals may disagree with me on this one. I understand the concept of having a positive outlook on life and never looking back. However, I also believe that one of the best ways to stay motivated includes thinking about the negative things as well. When I first started my business, my sole purpose was to provide the most value I can, because I knew that an increase in revenue would automatically follow by me helping people.

Whenever I would feel “burnt out”, I thought about how I felt when I had no source of income. Trust me, it’s not a good feeling. That was a very dark time for me. No matter what your motivation was to make a change, go back to that place and think about how it made you feel. Hopeless? Inferior? Good, always remember that.

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

3. Think about the naysayers

I don’t know about you, but proving people wrong is a big source of motivation for me. Imagine if you quit at whatever stage of life you’re currently at. Now, think about the people who will say “I told you that wouldn’t work”, once they get news of you giving up. Not something you want to experience, now is it? My point exactly. The last thing you want is for the naysayers to get what they always wanted, which is your failure just to prove them right. Don’t even give them the satisfaction. If this doesn’t motivate you to keep pushing, I don’t know what will.

4. Think about everyone you’re letting down

Although most individuals have at least one person betting against them due to jealousy, envy, or some other reason, you all have someone rooting for you also. The last thing you want to do is let them down whether it’s your mom, dad, children, spouse, etc. If you stop now, you won’t be able to buy your mom that big house or support your family like you always promised. You will feel as if you let them down by not being able to do so.

Whoever these people may be, just think about them for a moment. How happy will they be when they get word that you tried your hardest and succeeded? And on the other hand, how disappointed will they be when they find out you got ‘burnt out’ and stopped pushing? I don’t know about you, but I would rather hear “I’m so proud of you”, than hear “Well, maybe that wasn’t meant for you.”

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to the surface.” – Alexander Graham Bell

As you can see, there is no such thing as burning out. Majority of individuals who experience burnout aren’t motivated. Whenever you feel this way, more than likely you just need a little extra motivation to relight that fire. There’s nothing wrong with that, we all need it. Do whatever you have to in order to get your head in the game again. Continue to spark the lion within by any means necessary.

What do you do when you start feeling burned out? Please leave your comments below!

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Brianna Bussell is the CEO of WebInsightCo.com, a marketing and web development company. She started her business in college, and began writing for many reputable entrepreneurs after publishing her own E-book "Creating Value in The Workplace". She also enjoys coaching millennials on how to become successful.

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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals

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Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.

What is Motivation?

The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.

Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).

Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.

However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals. 

How to Get Motivated

James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.

This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.

4 Ways to Make Starting Easier

1. Schedule it

One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it. 

When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.

An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”

2. Measure something

It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.

3. Extrinsic motivation

This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.

4. Make it public

Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

How to Stay Motivated Long Term

When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.

These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:

1. Stay in your goldilocks zone

The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.

For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging. 

The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.

2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals

Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within. 

For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.

3. Use “chunking”

Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.

Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.

For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.

4. Be flexible

We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.

5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion

Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.

This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.

Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.

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