When you’re get up and go has got up and went when there’s no more pep left in your step, sometimes the best thing you can do is just stop trying for a while. Moving forward feels great, but movement takes energy. When’s the last time you took a break without feeling guilty?
If you dislike the idea of resting, it might help to know that it is a productive and appropriate strategy that could help you get your groove back.
That’s when it’s time to do two things. The first is to remind yourself of your own ability to act. No matter how helpless you may feel at a time like this, no matter what challenges you face, you have control over the little things in your life.
You are the only one who gets to decide whether to brush your teeth, rinse out the empty been a butter jar, or to clean your room. When life won’t give up its rewards to you, you can still reward yourself with a clean house, a walk, or a timeout. What happens when we lose motivation is that it creates a sense of powerlessness, not to mention a lack of direction and purpose. It casts a spell that makes you forget your autonomy. Total powerlessness is most often an illusion.
Who else makes those moment to moment decisions about whether to wash your clothes, change your oil, or work out? When you feel paralyzed by obstacles like low-energy, indecision, or apathy, taking small, unrelated actions can rev up that idling engine. The best activities are the simple acts of self. Sprucing up your resume and applying for jobs on the Internet is not a small action: don’t ask yourself to do that before you have built up some momentum.
Once you inspire yourself by being proactive and smaller tasks, you will be better able to roll up your sleeves and do some of the heavy lifting on the bigger items.
I remember reading a self-help book a number of years ago where the author said if you simply begin to do a task, motivation kicks in within 10 seconds. 10 seconds May be all it takes to shift from “I don’t want to do it” to “I’m already doing it, so I might as well keep going.”
Let’s say for example, you are trying to get yourself motivated to work out. Get up right now and gather your workout clothes. Fill a bottle of water or do whatever it takes in preparation for a work out. You are far more likely to follow through and actually go if you start doing anything related to your goal. there is also the saying “a body in motion will stay in motion while a body at rest will stay at rest.”
Between inspiring yourself through small actions or committing to just 10 seconds of activity, you will be able to make more progress than you would by sitting there be writing yourself for being stuck.
Loss of motivation can be a symptom of depression. If your condition becomes entrenched, please consider speaking with a mental health professional. I suggest Vita Counseling, kind a like that guy.