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4 Ways To Turn Apathy Into Positive Motivation

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Apathy. It has become a major issue for so many people today. While many people associate apathy with a lack of passion or motivation, it is technically defined as the absence of emotion.

Apathy may not be a clearly defined emotional state, but it is a serious one. Falling into a state of apathy can be dangerous, so knowing the signs of being in this type of state is important.

If you have noticed the following signs in your own life, then you may be slipping into a state of apathy:

  • You no longer hold the same interests and hobbies.
  • You feel unmotivated.
  • Your performance at work is starting to slip.
  • Your days become filled with mindless tasks.
  • You lose steam when you think of acting on a goal.
  • You find yourself watching a lot more television or surfing the web more.
  • You are eating too much and not exercising enough.

These are all signs that you may be dealing with apathy. What is even more important than realizing that you are dealing with apathy, is working to overcome it. If you know you are dealing with apathy, it is time to make a change and it is time to turn that apathy into positive motivation.

Here are four of the easiest ways to turn apathy into positive motivation:

1. Start by understanding your state

Begin with getting some perspective on the issue. You are dealing with a case of apathy, but that doesn’t mean it defines you or who you are. You are not lazy, boring or unmotivated. It is not who you are, it is how you are feeling right now. You will not be in this state or feel this way forever, so make sure you are clear on the temporary status of your situation first.

“Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.” – Rollo May

2. Start by changing small things

Try to realize what the cause of your apathy is. Then decide if there is anything that you can do about it. What got you to this place? What can you do to change the influencers that make you feel apathy? Start by changing these small things, you will not only benefit from changing the things that make you feel apathetic, but you will benefit from the process of doing something about your situation.

 

3. Take action

Taking action marks a conscious decision. If you want to make a change in your life then you need to take action. It can be a small step or a large one, but the point is you need to make the decision to do something and then follow through with it.

This is why it is so important: when you are taking action you are making a real, conscious decision to do something. This is the counterbalance to apathy, which is a passive action. The more action-oriented you are, the more you chip away at your passive state.

“Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. ” – Arnold J. Toynbee

4. Stop complaining

One of the most frustrating parts of dealing with apathy is that it can make everything around you seem negative. So many people who are struggling with apathy are constantly complaining about their situation and just how bad things are. Stop complaining and start doing.

If you want to turn your apathy into motivation to succeed, the number one thing you can do is to stop complaining. It will stop bringing negativity to your life, it will prevent you from making excuses for yourself and it will give you nothing but fuel to make your life better and to stay motivated.

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” – Dan Millman

Being in a state of apathy is not the end of the world. It is a rut or a phase that many people deal with. However, if you are able to look within and get to the root of the problem and take real action steps in order to overcome your state and to make positive changes to your life, you will find the motivation you need to make the life improvements that you want.

How will you turn apathy to positive motivation? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Erik Wilson is a serial entrepreneur who is involved with many philanthropic endeavors and is continually devoted to making the world a more positive place. He is the founder and CEO of Pozify, a social networking app devoted to spreading positivity across the web.

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  1. Shirley Matkosky

    May 29, 2018 at 4:47 am

    It is easy for someone that doesn’t have apathy to give advice. I have had apathy for over a year now. It affects the frontal lobe of your brain I am told or that is where it originates from. A terrible shock from my two sons comments and one shutting the door on me for only a little reason that he made into one he chose not to try and find out why it happened for over a year and half he has not contacted me. My oldest son emailed me a statement that was the finishing touch to cause me to have a feeling of being dead inside for months. I did not know what or why I felt the dead feeling not caring for anything or wanting to do anything. To this day I have to force myself to do anything, to get out of bed, to take any interest in any thing whatsoever. I have no feeling inside me. I feel almost like a robot that knows certain things must be done. I go to a counselor one hour each week. We talk, hopefully with baby steps I will be able to eventually get back the feeling I had before the trauma happened that caused my apathy. Shirley

  2. E

    Feb 17, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Definitely been feeling like this the last few weeks. Always happens to me in the winter months. I don’t like the cold or winter. Hard to want to go out especially getting to the gym. I know I need to get it going I’ve just been locked on the couch.

  3. Evan

    Feb 16, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Erik,

    Nice article here man! A lot of the time, people don’t have goals set high enough so they just stagnate.

    By setting massive goals, they require massive action, and this is very motivating and can get you up early because you’re so far from them. You know there’s always more to do and better things to improve.

    Keep it up!

    – Evan

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Money Making a Difference – Examples of Billionaires Using Their Money for Good

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How many times have we wished to be in the shoes of a billionaire? People often daydream of having a ten digit bank account, and what they’d be doing with it. In an instant, we’d picture luxury yachts, extravagant sports cars, the finest wine and jewellery, and a whole lot of things which are difficult to pronounce. It is truly difficult to separate wealth and luxury. (more…)

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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone

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Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.

When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.

But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.

Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.

These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.

1. Include short breaks

My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.

2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking

Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.

3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule

A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!

These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!

1. Music

This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!

2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery

When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.

3. Love what you do

This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.

These last few tips are Industry-related!

1. Make sure you have fun projects

Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.

2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year

Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.

3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry

View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.

These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!

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7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success

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Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.

Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.

Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.

I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.

Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.

Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:

1. It Solves Your Problem

When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.

2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress

Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety. 

Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale

3. Increase Your Focus

Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate. 

Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing,  and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.

4. It Helps in Redefining Success

Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential. 

If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.

5. It Boosts Your Health

Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically  affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments. 

Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.

“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present

Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations. 

Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.

7. Stay Aware and Positive

A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally,  it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self. 

Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.

To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.

Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!

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