We see tips for motivation everywhere - seems simple enough to read something and get pumped up for jumping over the next big obstacle. What happens when you’re stuck in a rut, and feeling incredibly slowed down by demotivation? And no amount of positive memes in the world seem to help… You work through it and come out on top! Here are 3 types of demotivation and how to overcome them:
1. Burnout: We’ve all been there before! You have zero energy for being social, even online! The feeling of sleepiness overrides everything else, and all you want to do is take a nap. Interesting stuff doesn’t feel as exciting anymore. While these symptoms can sometimes be an indicator of a more serious problem such as depression, there’s a good chance that you are just dealing with plain ole burnout.
The Fix: Sleep! Rest! Take a day off! Go away for the weekend to a place that is quiet and doesn’t require you to do anything! It’s okay to take a break. If your body is tired, it is telling you just that. If you’ve worked hard all week and your friends are begging you to go out Friday night, and you’re just not feeling up to it, politely tell them no. Then grab a tub of ice cream, watch the first thing you see on Netflix. And just chill!
2. Not Enough Challenge: Having a lack of challenge is a huge factor in demotivation! And being motivated requires a figurative mountain to climb, or maybe even a real one if that’s your thing. Maybe you feel as though you’ve reached all of your goals, and are unsure of what to tackle next. Or maybe you don’t have enough clarity about what you should be doing with your time.
The Fix: Find the sweet spot! If a challenge is too big, it can be difficult to even imagine overcoming it, no less doing it. And if it is too easy, there may not be much motivation to deal with it at all. Create challenges that are both stimulating and require you to use your skills. Make a list of new goals ranging from most difficult to easiest, and start attacking them based on how you feel that day. If you’re having a good day where you’re super motivated and ready to take on the world, go for the hardest challenge. And if you’re suffering from burnout, take the easy road and check off the goals that are a breeze.
3. Fear: This is a tough one, because everyone deals with it constantly. You will be hard pressed to find a human being that isn’t afraid of one thing or another. Maybe there is a certain thing you really want to do but the possibility of failure really scares you. Even worse, you are afraid that even if you don’t fail, you won’t be good enough. We’ve all been there, and there are definite ways to overcome this type of demotivation.
The Fix: Make a list of all of your fears but divide them onto two pieces of paper based on which ones are rational vs irrational. Then do some research to see if your fears are placed in the proper category, because you may find that some of your “rational” fears are, in fact, irrational. Next, tear up the list of irrational fears and throw it in the trash! Because you don’t need that type of negativity in your life. If it’s irrational, it’s unnecessary for it to be taking up any space. Now that you have a list of real fears, write down a solution that will turn the fear into confidence. For instance, if one of your fears is starting a blog because you’re afraid your grammar won’t be up to par…write down a solution of taking a writing course or reading up on how to sharpen your skills; this will make you feel much better about starting a blog. Bam! Fear gone!
You’ve got this! Now go out there and show the world how motivated you are!