We are always looking for that spark when we get stuck. We know what we need to do but we are really fighting ourselves to do it. Furthermore, it is not easy for us to follow our commitments, “I am not just motivated.”
We can read some workout videos, YouTube for motivational speeches, or an article like this to get us. This can sometimes work, but most of the time, you’ll just be staring at your screen and turn it off for another day.
The problem with relying on motivation to gain momentum is that it is fleeting and inconsistent. It’s great when we combine with our goals, and we can exploit it, but if we don’t have it, it’s not very useful to wait until it realizes because it takes a long time. It is possible.
There are two parts to solving this motivation problem:
1. Addressing what is on the way
When we are feeling apathetic or unhappy, there is usually something else in our lives that affects the way we think about achieving our goals. It could be that we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious, and we are spending a lot of time trying to put out fires and prioritize other tasks.
In order to deal with these challenges more effectively, meditation, mindfulness and breath practice are required to be in a better mindset. This mindset allows us to conserve our energy and be in a calculated, calm state of mind.
Lack of motivation can be disguised as deep-seated emotional pain such as shame, guilt, anger, or resentment. When we are feeling emotionally heavy and burdened, it makes every area of our life more difficult.
Let’s examine these feelings, which are about us and the world and their stories. We can identify what is true or just a construct. The more truth and clarity we have, the lighter and clearer we feel, and this is the energy of inspiration and drive.
Too much focus on the result takes away from our intention to deliver the process. We get too far ahead of ourselves and attach ourselves to the outcome, and when we don’t want our response, our motivation drops.
A more useful approach is to follow day-to-day strategies to achieve the end goal. This approach allows us to provide more presence and awareness that we can influence daily, making it more manageable and more straightforward. Success is not a linear journey; There are ups and downs, but if we stick to this process then we will get there fast and easily.
“I hate every minute of training. But I said, do not leave. Now suffer and live the rest of his life as a champion. “- Muhammad Ali
To recap, here is the effect on our motivation:
- Problems and challenges are visible in our lives which are taking away our time, energy and drive.
- A heavy emotional state and the story we tell ourselves about it keeps us stuck.
- Focused too much on the outcome rather than the process required to achieve it.
The second part does not require motivation to solve this motivational problem, but instead uses a more powerful strategy.
2. Creating Speed
The more action we take, the more speed we have, the higher the speed, the more motivated we will be. This requires us to expand ourselves and overcome the initial resistance to break out of our comfort zones. Nevertheless, the more often we do it, the easier this process becomes.
Positive feedback loops power. Positive action leads to positive results, which leads to positive emotions (motivation). The snowball effect builds momentum and picks up, and once it starts, it is difficult to slow down.
What can break the pace and set us back is seeing the wrong things. The human mind is wired to negativity, so we focus, and do something on energy that we think is not going well. We can lose sight of small wins and victories along the way.
Momentum manifests itself with journaling and self-reflective based work. This process makes a strong connection with the changes and steps we are taking, even though it has not yet manifested into a tangible result. Constantly creating momentum takes us back to detach ourselves from the result, and instead focus on the process.
“Inspired people always find a way. Unmotivated people will always find a way that is not. “- Ed latimore
Striving for perfection or an “all or nothing” mentality is one of the most ineffective ways to build momentum. Usually it happens that once we “mess up”, we tell ourselves that we will start the next week or on some other arbitrary date. This cycle of constantly being inconsistent continues again and again.
We need to understand that we will be bad from time to time, things will be out of our control, and we have to get out of where we left off. This perspective will eventually make our goals faster, easier and more enjoyable.
We can create more motivation and momentum in our lives through these practical strategies. Nevertheless, it is also important to understand that the continued practice of commitment to our goals and desires requires us to set an example of how we might currently feel.