In this article we look at 6 reasons why you lose motivation, and some different ways to regain that motivation.
Have you ever made big plans for your life, only to fail to act on them?
Or maybe you started with a bang and kept your motivation for a few days, but suddenly lost interest.
It’s easy to lose motivation after the initial excitement wears off.
But if you want to be successful, it’s important to keep going. The work isn’t going to get done itself.
Here are 6 ways to understand why you lose your motivation as well as some tips on how to get it back.
1. Why You Lose Motivation? The planning phase is more fun than the execution phase
Sitting alone at night and making plans for the future can be an exciting time.
Everything seems possible, because you’re only limited by your imagination at that point.
- However, when the sun comes up in the morning, it’s time to actually get busy.
It all seems a little more daunting and less enjoyable when it’s time for the rubber to hit the road.
- Remedy: make the execution phase fun as well.
Use your imagination to find ways to make it fun!
2. You lose track of the end result
It's vital to keep yourself aware of the end result. Remind yourself of the prize at the end of your journey.
Visualise how it’s all going to be when you’ve reached your goal. You should feel an immediate boost of motivation.
By reading your goals daily you are keeping them in your conscious mind, and in turn, you keep yourself motivated.
3. Why You Lose Motivation? Perhaps your goal doesn’t suit you?
Many of us choose goals that are acceptable to the world at large. It might be buying a big house or a fancy car.
But maybe your goal is totally mismatched to your real desires or temperament.
Ensure that you’ve chosen goals that match your interests and abilities.
To assist you, look at the article "Do your goals support your values" for more information on this.
Additionally you might like to read about 'Smart Goals' and how to set them.
4. You feel uncomfortable and aren’t dealing with it effectively
Of course, it’s uncomfortable to do anything new.
Whether it’s creating a new income stream, beginning a workout routine or a new diet, it’s going to be uncomfortable.
It’s important to deal with this discomfort effectively.
- Have the expectation of feeling uncomfortable. Have a plan for working through it.
If you’re making changes to your life, discomfort is the norm.
- Focus on the end result and how comfortable it makes you feel. This will help to offset any feelings of discomfort.
As above, reading out your goals daily will assist with this.
5. You have too many negative thoughts
Negative thoughts can be paralysing. Negative thoughts will make you rationalise that you should quit.
Though it doesn’t always feel like you have control over your thoughts, you do. You can choose what you want to think about.
- Take control of your thoughts.
Catch yourself early in the process of thinking negative thoughts and redirect your focus to something more positive.
It takes time to develop this ability. The key is to notice quickly that your thoughts are going off the rails.
6. Why You Lose Motivation? You’re stuck in your old habits and routines.
The older you are, the more challenging it can be to break out of your old patterns.
We find comfort in our old routines, and our brains become hardwired to repeat them.
You’ll need to create new habits and routines if you want to change your behavior and your results.
- Identify one habit that is getting in your way and one habit you need to create to attain your goals.
Put your time and energy into dealing with these two items. When you’re successful, tackle two more.
For more information on good habits, please check out 'Atomic Habits' by James Clear.
So which of these six reasons applies to you most often?
Is there another reason you fail to sustain your motivation? Motivation and willpower can be highly variable.
Expect that your motivation will falter and be prepared to deal with it using the tips above.
Focus on creating habits that will take you to your goals, because habits reduce the need for motivation and willpower.