Juggling many responsibilities can make you feel depleted and completely lacking in motivation. The lack of motivation could also be caused by the loss of a sense of purpose, setting goals you simply cannot achieve, lacking confidence, having an unhealthy lifestyle and insufficient patience.
If you feel like you’ve lost direction, there are things you can do to feel excited and driven once again. Here’s how to make it happen.
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1. Regain your excitement
If you’re so used to the routine that nothing gets you excited anymore, chances are that you have no motivation whatsoever.
To break this vicious cycle, you will have to rediscover the passion for your job, your hobbies or the interactions you carry out in your personal life.
Find a source of inspiration.
For some people, inspiration comes from the people who have already achieved something major. For others, it’s the sense of fulfilment that others will get from the work they do. Some people want recognition. Some want to get their name out there. Some want to make their loved ones happy.
While this is an obvious state, it’s important to get up in the morning and feel driven to work hard towards your goal.
2. Lead a healthy lifestyle
Motivation is dependent on fueling your body and taking proper care of it. If you’re under slept, you eat junk or you have other nasty habits, chances are that you’ll be incapable of finding a source of motivation until you get those resolved.
Changing your diet is one of the easier steps that will quickly contribute to better health. There are dozens of information sources out there. The keto diet has proven to be incredibly beneficial to provide the body with the right kind of fuel and you can learn about its principles through keto podcasts (just listen to them on the go).
Get in the habit of going to bed at the exact same time each evening and attempt to do at least seven to eight hours of quality sleep.
Finally, incorporate more physical activity in your everyday existence. Exercise produces feel-good hormones, it energizes the body and focuses the mind. Once you become more active, you’ll see your passion getting rekindled for many other aspects of your life.
3. Build the right support network
Surrounding yourself with the right people will have a profound impact on nearly every aspect of your life.
Your social circle could push you to achieve or it could hold you back.
Choose similar-minded individuals that are driven, passionate and positive. Naysayers can quickly drain your confidence and your desire to pursue your dreams.
The process of selecting friends and narrowing down your social circle is a natural one. It occurs with age and you may notice that you’re contacting certain people less frequently than you used to. Trust your instinct and be careful about those you allow near you. These people can lift you up or they could destroy your confidence.
4. Step out of your comfort zone
The routine is comfortable – nothing new and exciting happens. You feel secure and you can address your responsibilities almost automatically.
The lack of a challenge, however, is going to kill your motivation to achieve sooner or later.
If you’re feeling way too comfortable with the things that you do, it may be time to push yourself and try something different.
Challenging yourself and getting out of your comfort zone every now and then will give you a new perspective. An adrenaline rush, an experience you’ve never had before and a fresh perspective can show you just how much more you have to explore in life. When this passion is reawakened, you will feel inspired and motivated to live to the fullest.
The process of regaining your motivation can be quick and challenging or slow and easy. Do what feels right at the time being. You may need to incorporate gradual changes and that’s ok. Set manageable milestones and don’t forget to celebrate every small accomplishment. Be kind to yourself and to the people who are there to support you along the way. Life isn’t a race – do what makes you happy and don’t compare your progress to that of others. If you accomplish these steps, your motivation will be reborn naturally.
This article originally appeared on Your Coffee Break.
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