Finding the motivation to go out and grab the things that you want out of life is so hard sometimes. But if you can’t find your motivation, you’re never going to be able to achieve your dreams and live a full and happy life.
Often, it’s your lifestyle choices that are sapping your motivation.
If you can make some small, simple changes, chances are you will see a big difference.
Here are 4 reasons that you might be lacking motivation right now – with suggestions for tiny shifts that you can start making today – so you can start feel a bit more enthusiastic, passionate and motivated.
A lack of self esteem is one of the main reasons that people don’t work toward their goals in life.
People can convince themselves that they’re not good enough and they’re bound to fail, so why even try in the first place?
Unfortunately these kinds of limiting beliefs can bring about self fulfilling limited results. But breaking that thought pattern can be tough.
There are a lot of different reasons that people struggle with self esteem. Often the root of the issue is due to something from your past.
Here’s an article which explains how your childhood might be creating limiting beliefs – which cause you to self sabotage your happiness.
It also might be worth speaking with a therapist to find the root causes of your self esteem issues and fix them.
It’s also important that you don’t spend too much time comparing yourself to others. This is particularly important these days because we spend so much time on social media.
If social media is hurting your sense of self, you need to remember that people are only post the positive aspects of their lives! You can’t compare your life to the other’s person’s curated highlight reel!
Your eating habits can really sap your motivation.
Eating a lot of sugar and high-fat foods will have a big impact on your energy levels and as a result you will feel sluggish and unmotivated.
If you’re an emotional eater, this becomes a vicious cycle because your lack of motivation makes you feel bad about yourself – so you indulge in unhealthy foods – which makes the motivation problem worse.
If you can break that cycle and start eating more healthy foods, you’ll find that you have a lot more energy and motivation.
It’s fine to enjoy a drink with your friends every now and again. But if you’re drinking alcohol very regularly, it can have a big impact on your mood.
You’ll wake up in the morning feeling tired and unmotivated.
Plus in some cases, it can lead to more serious problems – with addiction and depression.
If you think that you might have a problem with alcohol, you need to seek advice from substance abuse treatment centers. Even if things aren’t quite that bad yet, it’s still worth cutting your alcohol intake to see if it makes a difference.
When you have goals and aspirations in life, you want to reach them as soon as possible.
If you are impatient, you will struggle with motivation.
Sometimes, things don’t work out like you thought they would and there are setbacks along the way.
But it’s important that you remain focused and accept that it might take you a little longer than you thought to reach your goals – rather than just giving up on them entirely.
Here’s an article with 4 tools to reboot motivation when things are moving slowly (along with a story about someone who became a multimillionaire in their 60’s!)
Here’s another article with tools to stay motivated when things are slow in coming – by using a “bifocal lens.”
Here’s an article about how to be lucky in life – even when you’re starting to feel unlucky!
Finding your motivation is hard but if you can make these changes to your lifestyle, it is possible.
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.