For the past few months I’ve had a serious struggle with motivation. I left my 9-to-5 job in June to pursue my own business interests. Since then, I’ve had so many grand ideas for possible projects or businesses, yet nothing’s made significant progress thus far. You know why? A serious lack of motivation.
My biggest mistake with this whole thing was thinking that the motivation was going to come to ME. Nope – doesn’t work that way. YOU have to be the one to bring it into your life. It won’t appear out of thing air. I quickly learned that one.
I spent some time waiting for the motivation to come to me, not thinking that I was doing anything wrong myself. I waited and waited. Spoiler: it never came.
Once I realized the mistakes I was making in approaching my motivation (or lack thereof), I began to see a few common elements. While there were a few things that were definitely surprising, most of the motivation-killers I was dealing with were pretty common. And I know I’m not alone.
Every day, people are facing a lack of motivation in many areas of their lives, including fitness, business and relationships. Whether it be watching that cursors on the blank Word document blink as you’re trying to write a paper or hitting the snooze button and saying “I’ll exercise tomorrow” when you’re supposed to be getting up for a run, it’s everywhere.
Perhaps it’s become so commonplace that we believe that motivation has to come to us – not the other way around. But that’s far from the truth.
As I said before, you have to be the one to develop your own motivation deep within. No one is going to be able to do it for you. Search in yourself and see what’s missing – see what catapult your own motivation needs to get a small kick-start. Because your everyday actions are what’s hurting your ability to follow through.
You may think that this is a complicated problem. It’s not. It’s just easy to get tied up in the wrong school of thought. These are the incredibly common misconceptions that will quickly ruin your motivation today: