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7 Motivation Killers That Are Dragging You Down

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I find that motivation can be a tricky thing.

We all want it. We set our goals. We have our dreams. And then we try to fill the gap by pouring in motivation.

But of course, it isn’t as easy as one might think. Being motivated can be hard. So ultimately, you’ve got to make sure you’re doing it right!

So here I will highlight the 7 motivation killers that are dragging you down. This should help you weed out the things that have been leaching on your motivation all this time.

 

 

What May Be Killing Your Motivation

 

1. People who put you down

Straight up. Avoid these people. They’re simply insecure to the point that they’ve to take it out on the world as they’re afraid of other people’s success.

Eliminate these people in your life and create a healthy environment for yourself.

 

2. Negative news

It’s a sad thing that most of the news we read today are just bad or sad. We’ve natural disasters, corrupted politicians and a random innocent victim who got robbed. It’s a small wonder people lose their confidence or even get depressed.

Do yourself a favour and stay away from the news. You may be “wired” to be attracted to bad news or drama, but why upset yourself further by reading up on such things? You don’t need a clear visual on what you already know is going on out there.

 

3. Friends who are way too comfortable

Sometimes, your close friends could be dragging you down. Sure, they’re there for you and provide you a comfortable relationship.

But that could be the problem. Too much comfort may be holding you back as you feel you need not push yourself since everyone around you is the same.

Remember: comfort and stability is overrated. Find people from other walks of life who can motivate you.

 

4. The past

Whatever that happened has happened. The past and its people stays there. It does not exist.

Don’t let time you’ve lived already lived through get you down. Stop thinking about it.

If anything, everything that was meant to happen was perfectly made to prepare you for the life you’re meant to live. So be present.

 

5. The future

And conversely, the future can be a big motivation killer.

Some of us tend to think too much and over analyze everything. As such, our expectations get out of hand.

You can’t ever predict the future. Even the most assured person in the world looks both ways when he crosses the road. So embrace uncertainty and just keep doing your best. The rest will take care of itself.

 

6. Thinking that trying is not enough

I personally disagree when people say something like, “Don’t try. Just do.”

First, it doesn’t make sense because everything starts from trying.

And secondly, there’s nothing wrong with trying. It’s certainly better than when you don’t at all.

So take it one step at a time. Try first, for failure only comes when you stop trying. Pretty soon, you’d have done many great things.

 

7. The chase

We often go awry when our eyes are on the prize, so much so we’re blind to everything else.

Be it money, love, status or whatever, we need to realize that there’s a fine line between having an aim and having an obsession. The latter is what a lot of us slide into.

Know this: Success doesn’t bring happiness, but happiness always brings success.

 

Once in a while, remember to instead enjoy the process, have some fun and not take life so seriously.

What has been a major motivation killer for you? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comment section below.

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  1. max

    Oct 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Hey,

    nice article!

    Just one comment on your 6th point. I think you didn’t quite understand the sentence “Don’t try. Just do.”

    Because this sentence does make a lot of sense when you understand it correctly. The following is meant:

    When you “try” something you already think about failure. Using the verb “to try” implies failure, implies insecurity. So when you know you want to get a professional basketball player or whatever then you are not gonna just “try” it , instead you are gonna do it. When people say “I am gonna try it” it’s an indicator that they didn’t make a decision for themselves yet. They are either not sure if this is the thing they want to do or they are not sure if this is something they can do. The first point is actually very understandable and the key point since the 2nd point is mostly a consequence from the first point.

    So when you aren’t sure if you want this or that , then it’s okay to simply “try” it. But when you are sure that you want to achieve a particular goal then you simply don’t just try.

    • Cindy

      Nov 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Great points!! Thank you!
      I like your perspective on #6 as far as ‘at least they’re moving toward something’, but i do agree with Max. I feel that when people say, “I’m TRYING!” they still don’t have the belief in themselves to achieve the outcome they want. I view this as a back-door escape option where they’re not fully committed to keep climbing toward their goals; an excuse or justification for sitting safely in the middle. And really, that all stems from fear of failure. Once people realize that failure is just feedback, they’ll see that it’s not the goal, but the growth experienced getting there. An opportunity to reflect, do-over, do-better. You don’t TRY to pick up a pencil. You don’t TRY to drive a car. You either do it or you don’t. An amazing shift happens when you make the decision of “I AM”. It’s that cerebral, non-negotiable forward motion that turns into the physical actions of going for it.

  2. Seye Emmanuel

    Sep 4, 2014 at 1:09 am

    The difference between a winner and a failure is dependent on their desire to succeed and attitude to handle failure. Remember that quitters never win and winners never quit. Don’t give up but rather persist. All the best.

  3. Fay

    May 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    People. Especially people that are close to you (relatives). I know that they think that they mean well but sometimes they can kill your dreams. One way is by telling you to take a safer path of travel because it is comfortable for them. They don’t want to see you fail or they may feel that they may be left behind if you succeed. Either way I believe that you must seek out your own path and step out on faith.

  4. Karthik Vijay

    May 9, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Yes, I agree being in the comfort zone is a serious motivation killer. We don’t try something out of that zone which we might be capable of because we tend to convince ourselves that we already have is a great achievement by being in the so called “Comfort Zone”.
    To realize our true potential one should always self-challenge. By challenging ourselves we are not going to lose anything, either we might earn or learn something as a part of the process which is so called “Experience”.

  5. Juliana Ormsby

    May 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Self-loathing has always brought me down. No matter what I have accomplished…raised my wonderful son alone; studied Zen Buddhism in Japan and Hawaii; worked full time as a teacher while pursuing my doctorate part-time; have had so many men attracted to me; published a book…I always feel like a loser. My self-fulfilling prophecy has come true. I’m now 66, have no partner, am not that healthy, and am trying to live on a pension of $1,200 a month. I did own a lovely home for 17 years but lost it. Is there any way I can ever recover from such a failure of a life?

    • Fay

      May 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Juliana please stop thinking of yourself as a failure; you are not a failure. Yes you may feel that way especially if things are going in the wrong direction. However the Creator does not make failures. Take a look at your failures and ask yourself what you could have done differently and more importantly speak to your Creator (pray). What you think about yourself is what you tend to become.

    • NecessaryChats

      Jul 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      You are not a failure, Juliana. You’ve done things (look at that ridiculous list of accomplishments!), and now it’s time to go out and do some more.

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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.

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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

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

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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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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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