Lack of motivation? Try these 15 simple tips
There are days when – often despite many goals – we just can’t really motivate ourselves. We show that from time to time not having any motivation is completely unproblematic and what you can do to effectively increase your motivation.
That we aren’t full of motivation and power every day is human. Especially in the cold season, many of us find it increasingly difficult to crawl out of the warm bed in the morning when temperatures outside the freezing point await us – in complete darkness.
This so-called “winter depression” is probably well known to most and has already been proven by numerous studies. One of the reasons for this is the lack of sunlight. So you don’t have to worry if you don’t sprint through life with as much power these days as it might otherwise.
It’s different when your listlessness is chronic. So every day you lack motivation and power to stick to your goals or do what you set out to do.
Reasons for the lack of motivation
First of all, you should ask yourself where this drivenness comes from. Especially if you just “have a bad day” or because of the season (see above) it’s difficult to motivate you, it is advisable to admit such times, instead of always only 100% of yourself demand.
If this is not the case for you, you first have to be aware of what you really want. Sounds logical, but in many cases we don’t really know exactly what we want to motivate ourselves to do. So ask yourself, for example:
- What are your goals and have you defined them clearly?
- What do you want to achieve in the medium and long term?
Many of us get upset that they don’t get motivated, but don’t even know why. Remember: It’s impossible to be purposeful and motivated if you don’t even know what your goal is.
“If you don’t know where you want to go, do not be surprised if you arrive somewhere else!”Mark Twain
Self-criticism can be painful but helpful
Here are two types of motivation to distinguish: On the one hand, the one that comes from the outside (e.g. a reward or a bonus that you get when you achieve something specific), the so calling “Extrinsic Motivation”. And secondly, the one that comes from you (e.g. because it’s your dream), the so-called “Intrinsic Motivation”. First of all, think about whether there is any of them at all.
The next step could be a little more painful: Ask yourself if what you expect motivation from yourself is what you want at all. A good example of this is your current employment: We often demand more motivation from us here, but completely overlook the fact that our job or the studies that have already started no longer corresponds to our interests for a long time.
Whether that is the case or not: Be aware that you will never really motivate yourself to do something that is not really what you want. So if you find that you are on the wrong track and your interests are now elsewhere, take appropriate action if necessary.
Here you should weigh up whether it is wiser to do this as soon as possible or in some time. So it can make sense to reorient yourself at the beginning of a degree, instead of dealing with something that doesn’t fill you at all for years. It looks different, however, if you notice this shortly before you graduate. In this case, it would probably be more advisable to still finish the whole thing quickly and only then to reorient yourself. So you can try new things and still have your degree if this path turns out to be wrong.
However, if your motivation gap is only a temporary problem, the following motivation tips may help you.
15 Tips against the lack of motivation
1.) Focus on your “ultimate goal”
Make yourself aware again and again, what exactly you want to achieve (e.g. completion of studies or a promotion). Dream about what reaching your goal will feel like and what benefits you will get from it (e.g., raise, better job opportunities, better fitness).
2.) Find like-minded people
Surround yourself with people who think similarly, understand you, and support you in your goals. You will be amazed what energies can come from such contacts.
3.) Divide your overall goal into stages
Don’t think about how far it’s to reach your final goal (for example, the university degree). It’s better to set smaller milestones, so you get motivated every time again when you achieved another step.
4.) Care for a pleasant environment
Whether meticulous order, supposed chaos or heavy metal when working.
Make sure you feel as comfortable as possible when working on their goals.
5.) Don’t give a f%&$!
Don’t let yourself be disturbed by people who want to spoil your dreams.
Take advice from those who are role models for you in the very subject they’re talking about. Stay away from the mainstream .
6.) Reward yourself
Be disciplined, but don’t be too strict with yourself. Self-discipline is good and important, but you should also treat yourself regularly if you have come further. You know, carrot & whip.
7.) Create rituals
Of course, the best ideas come spontaneously. Nonetheless, you will achieve your goals only through continuity. So care for the right habits, such as the big cup of coffee before work starts or the sport at the end of the day.
8.) Look for role models
Orient yourself to people you look up to. It doesn’t matter if you know them or not. Think big! The story is full of exciting personalities (e.g. Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.), who have demonstrated how to realize their own dreams.
9.) Schedule your plans
Goals must be specific, measurable, attractive, realistic and timed. Just the last point of the so-called SMART principle puts it in a nutshell:
Set clear times until exactly what you have done.
10.) GET TO KNOW YOU
With all perfectionism and self-discipline: Give in to times in which you are simply not in a good mood or not so motivated. You’ll be less likely to cause problems than if you pull yourself down.
11.) Have faith
What if this happens and what happens when it comes to the other? Come on, don’t think too much. It will come as it should and then you can think about problems if they really occur.
12.) Remember, remember…
In times of self-doubt and demotivation we often forget what we’ve already done in life. In the moments, realize that you will be able to do this too.
13.) Care for a healthy body
Think about your sleeping , eating, drinking and (if available) sports habits and experimenting with changes. The fitter your body is, the easier it’ll be for you to master your everyday life.
14.) Learn to set priorities
Get used to complaining about too little time. We all have the same amount every day, namely 86,400 seconds. The only question is whether you use it wisely or waste it on things that you could save well. (see also: the Eisenhower principle )
15.) Pay attention to what you think
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you can not, you will be right in any case .” This phenomenon, called the “self-fulfilling prophecy,” states that-by working unconsciously- that will happen, what you convince yourself.
So, if you are feeling a lack of motivation, pay attention to your thoughts. Don’t get yourself into the thought that you won’t make it. Instead, assume – every day – that you will achieve all of your goals.
Finally, we want to give you the most important tip: Start working on your goals! Now. Right away!