How to find motivation

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
Amelia  Earhart

Motivation can be a fleeting thing.

Sometimes it burns in us with a luminescent fervour –  it can feel so strong that we feel we have to go out there right then and there to do something to put our dreams into action.

The motivation to act is something many of us seek and something that is difficult to find.

But at other times, we can look into the depths of our soul and find that motivation has completely left us. The lack of motivation makes us completely unwilling to complete that homework, revise for that test or do that housework. At those times, we find our hearts are filled with dread and reluctance. Its main symptom being procrastination which involves time wasting activities such as scrolling the pages of Facebook and watching endless YouTube videos.

So what do we do?

What can you do when you just can’t find that motivation to carry on with a project or to get out of bed and start the day?

1. Self-reflection

Focus on your main goals, understand what your dreams are, what do you want the outcome to be? Sometimes focusing on your dreams, on what you ultimately want, can be enough to stimulate you into action. By knowing what you want, you can strive to achieve those goals. Take that leap. Take that first step. What are you waiting for?

2. Tackle the problem

What’s holding you back? Why don’t you want to complete that activity? Try to find the root cause of the problem and then tackle it straight on. For example, if you find that you are reluctant to complete a piece of homework, is it because you find a certain concept difficult? If so, why don’t you find someone to help you understand it better, maybe you’ll find that you actually enjoy the subject.

3. Make connections

Establishing relationships with other people can provide a support network to push you to achieve what you want – especially finding those who share the same vision or goal as you. Communicate with others, share your dream, get others motivated. Use those teamwork skills to work together and get a project done.

Making connections with other people opens you up to new ideas and perspectives, it can develop the way you understand the world and even yourself. Meeting other people and getting to know them, sharing with them your ideas and ambitions can help you find inspiration from others and to also inspire others. You can learn new things, find yourself in new situations and experiences and you can find motivation.

4. Relax

Sometimes our search for motivation can be an effort in vain. At those times, we can spend countless hours waiting for inspiration to hit. It can be even harder to find motivation then because we can feel frustrated by futility and exhausted too. In those times, just relax. Take a deep breath. Stand up and do something else.

Sometimes it can just take time for the motivation to come, but if it hasn’t yet don’t worry. Just relax.

Do you have any other suggestions?

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