Everybody across the world knows what ‘motivation’ is. We all may have different definitions of motivation, but one thing is sure: motivation is some kind of force that drives us to do things, be it becoming a world leader or going to the gym tomorrow morning. It’s what keeps us going to achieve our goals. Or it is the lack of it that we experience, and don’t have the energy to go to the gym tomorrow morning (guilty as charged, oops).
When I was in college, I had exams every five weeks. And every freaking time I found myself doing nothing with the excuse that I’m not motivated enough. I heard the same thing from the people in my class. Heck, I even heard it from people studying something completely different. But not only in school we can experience a lack of motivation. We can experience it in the work field too (again, guilty as charged) or if we want to have that summer body.
Motivation seems so simple but is yet so complex, especially if we want to, but just don’t have it. So, what now? Give up? No, we’re not giving up. We’re going to do our best to get ourselves motivated again!
How get your motivation (back)
- Goals. Formulate clear goals on what you want and don’t want. If you formulate your goals clearly and elaborate on them, you may find yourself bumping into your motivation. Ask yourself why you want something. For example: I want to do well at work. Why? Because I like my job and I want to let my manager know I am capable of doing my job. Why? Because one day I would like to be promoted to a better position. You see? Formulate your goals and your motivation may come back to you without you being really aware of it (just like that chocolate cookie, it always comes back without you being really aware of it) (okay, the chocolate cookie joke may not be very appropriate in a post about motivation, sorry).
- Interest. Make it interesting. Think about the thing you have to do. Think about every aspect of it and find something that is interesting about it. You can even research it and discover new things about the thing that can interest you. For example: working out. You may find working out boring, you’d rather choose to sit on the couch with a blanket and a good movie (I know I would). BUT, if you do research on working out you would find out that working out is good for you because it reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone) and releases endorphins (happiness hormone) in your body. As Elle Woods in Legally Blonde would say: “I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” There you go, now you have an example on how to make things interesting, AND you know you wouldn’t shoot your husband if you work out.
- Visualize and implement. Okay, this one may sound a bit vague, but it’s a good one! Visualize on what you want and think about implementing it. Think about how you want to do it, when you want to do it, how long you want to do it, where you want to do it. If you answer these questions for yourself, then it may be easier for you to do the thing you want.
Let’s take the example of working out again. I want to work out because I want a better health. I want to do it by running because I like being outside. I want to do it after work. I want to start by running for 30 minutes.
The point of visualising and implementing it is that the ‘transition’ from plan to behavior becomes concrete and you think out what you exactly want to do.
There you go, three tips on how to get your motivation (back). Try them and see whatever works for you. You can give them a little twist or try all of them. Just see what works. They’re not rules.
I hope you enjoyed it and that you found it useful!
By Rocher Koendjbiharie