Have you ever dreaded doing what used to bring excitement and hope into your life? You’re not alone.
I remember waking up one day and wishing I could just go back to sleep, where I wouldn’t have to deal with my humongous to-do list. I felt guilty about my apparent laziness. Don’t I love what I do for a living? I asked myself. Is it time to change careers—again?
Instead of heading to my computer, I went for a long walk in the woods to mull over my feelings. The fresh air helped me clear my mind enough to realize the roadblocks that were killing my motivation.
Here are 7 motivation killers and how you can get rid of them so that you can regain the passion you thought was lost forever:
1. Being in a rut
If you can accurately predict what you’ll be doing every hour of every day, you’ve fallen into a rut. As master motivator Tony Robbins says, “one of the 6 basic human needs that make us tick is uncertainty/variety.” To bring variety into your life, you can brainstorm new projects or try different activities where you’ll meet new people.
In my case, I joined a couple of networking groups. As an entrepreneur who works in isolation, it was refreshing to interact with new business contacts who had a different take on what I could do to grow my business.
2. Seeing no results
Discouragement is a sure motivation killer. What to do? Instead of focusing on what is not working, focus on a solution to make things work.
To change my perspective, I remembered Einsteins famous quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So, instead of continuing to complain about my failing advertising campaigns, I focused on the changes I needed to make to create successful ads.
Finding possible solutions to your problems will energize you and motivate you to keep going. Also, switching to solution-oriented mode will instantly bring variety to your days, which will further boost your motivation.
3. Comparing yourself to others
People tend to brag on Facebook. And while it’s nice to see your friends display their wins, it isn’t nice to feel that everyone you know seems to be doing better than you. Facebook envy is real, and it makes you feel that there must be something wrong with you.
But this isn’t a phenomenon exclusively related to social media. Negative emotions will arise every time we insist in comparing ourselves to others.
What did I do? I decided to compare my present achievements to what I had accomplished in the past. That’s when I realized I had made such amazing progress! Take an inventory of how much you’ve grown and learned throughout the years. This exercise will reignite your motivation!
4. Feeling overwhelmed
What do you do when you feel you have so much to do that you don’t even know where to start? You lose the desire to start in the first place. If you’re working on a large project or managing several responsibilities simultaneously, you’ll be susceptible to losing your motivation. In my case, my gigantic and never-ending to-do list was the culprit.
What to do? Break large projects into small chunks, and only focus on one task at a time. Lao-Tzu’s famous quote “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a simple step” has become common wisdom for a reason. If you feel as though your goal is manageable, your motivation will return.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
5. Seeking constant approval
Doing something to meet someone else’s expectation is another motivation killer. That’s why most people who lose weight before a wedding, gain it right back. Also why you’ll tend to hate a career you’ve chosen to please your family or impress your friends.
I proclaimed my independence from the good opinion of other people and decided to just be myself. I felt free and much more motivated. Will you proclaim your independence as well? Take a few moments to think about the reason you’re doing what you’re doing, and make sure the only person you aim to please is you.
6. Receiving negative criticism
Nothing worse than hearing your hard work isn’t good enough. After posting what I thought was an epic blog article, I received social media comments that were less than nice. But instead of feeling demoralized, I told myself that I couldn’t let someone’s negative opinion stop me from pursuing my passion.
Move your attention away from the negative comments someone might have shared about you and your work. Instead, determine whether there is something you can learn from the negative feedback, and then choose to view negative criticism as proof that you had the courage to put yourself out there. You’re a hero, and heroes quickly regain their motivation, regardless of what others think or do.
7. Fearing failure
Anticipating failure is the strongest motivation killer. Why start if we’re going to fail anyway? Taking action feels like a waste of time. Besides switching your focus away from negative thinking, the best solution to overcome fear of failure is to achieve a small success. If you have tangible proof that you can be successful, your fear will slowly disappear.
For example, when I feel fearful thoughts creep in, I take quick action to do something that has a high probability of success within a short period of time. I’ll design a new webpage, create a new image for social media, or write a new blog article.
When I see the product of my efforts, I feel reenergized. Decide to eliminate the fear of failure from your life, and think of something small you can achieve today.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You will encounter roadblocks that threaten to kill your motivation, but if you remain vigilant and focused on your ultimate goal, you’ll be able to overcome every challenge. Next time one of these roadblocks appears in your life, remember that in the end, your level of motivation depends on only one person; you.
Thank you for reading my article! What motivation killer is stopping you and what are you going to do to become empowered to succeed?
5 Highly Effective Strategies to Staying Motivated as a Business Owner
Every business has its high and low periods. We all wish for our businesses to make a lot of money and succeed. Unfortunately, it can take new businesses a number of years before they finally see any major profits. As a business owner, you may feel discouraged at waiting for your business to take off because you’re working 12+ hours per day and seeing no results. This may make you want to give up and throw in the towel, right? (more…)
10 Things You Need to Understand About Self Motivation
Often, many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we need to escape. Sometimes it resembles a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a while, fall out and afterward need to build things back once more. This vicious cycle can be harmful to a person’s life, work, and relationships too. (more…)
5 Ways to Supercharge Your Teams Motivation With Mindfulness
Mindfulness is no longer a buzzword that you can ignore. In fact, companies like Google and Nike are treating it as their secret recipe for a successful workforce. If you’re a struggling entrepreneur with a discontented team, or newly promoted human resource manager with the task of boosting team motivation then, mindfulness is the way to go. And no, it’s not just meditation. (more…)
How Positive Self-Talk Boosts Motivation and Productivity
“I’m a born failure. There is no way I can get that job. I can’t carry that dress off – I’m too fat. Why do these things happen to me? Why am I so unlucky?” Are your conversations with yourself along these lines? Do you find yourself reprimanding yourself every time you make a mistake or wallowing in self-pity? (more…)
The Power of the Mind: How to Use It Successfully
5 Simple Hacks to Help You Develop the Habit That Will Transform Your Life
6 Ways Traveling Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur
5 Stress Reduction Tips for the Always-Working Business Professional
Why Do We Have An Unconscious Bias and How Can We Manage It?
55 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life
(Images) 52 Motivational Picture Quotes For An Epic Year Of Success
30 Famous Quotes That Will Inspire Success In You
72 Positive Thinking Quotes For More Inner Strength & Growth
(Images) 56 Inspirational Picture Quotes That Will Motivate Your Mind, Body & Soul
3 Prince EA Videos To Change Humanities Path To Greatness
(Video) What Is Success? An Entrepreneurial Story To Inspire You
(Inspirational Video) What If Today You Knew You Were Going To Take Your Last Breath?
How To Make Enough Money From A Blog To Quit Your Job – Kate McKibbin
How Finding Your Passion And Becoming An Entrepreneur Can Lead To Happiness – Chiquita Searle
- Success Advice3 weeks ago
7 Must-Read Books on Self-Development, Wisdom, and Leadership
- Entrepreneurs4 weeks ago
10 Negotiation Skills Every Entrepreneur Must Have
- Entrepreneurs4 weeks ago
4 Non-Business Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read
- Success Advice4 weeks ago
How to Deal With the Fears That Hold You Back From Happiness
- Life4 weeks ago
If Your Life Isn’t How You Want It, Here Are 4 Start Anytime Resolutions to Experience a Better Life
- Life3 weeks ago
3 Ways To Not Let The Pressure Get The Best Of You
- Success Advice3 weeks ago
Growth Mindset Vs. Fixed Mindset: Which One Do You Have?
- Success Advice4 weeks ago
The Power of Keeping a Daily Business Journal