We become lazy sometimes, unmotivated and sloppy, and we can’t wait for the workday to end. Usually, this happens when the boss isn’t around or when we’re self-employed. It’s incredibly difficult to find motivation.
All of us know someone who struggles like this.
One of my editorial members, despite being very gifted, has difficulties working efficiently. He will do every little chore, like washing the coffee cups, cleaning the desk, double-checking the emails, and when he exhausts every other possibility, he will start working on actual work.
For him, finding motivation is really tough. We wanted to help him, so we did a little research to find out how. What we found was simple, efficient, and applicable to us, as well. Here’s what we found that any of us can do when we think getting ourselves motivated seems like mission impossible.
1. Remember a past event when we were motivated.
Recall a prior time of enthusiastic motivation, such as when we started a new job, or decided to become self-employed, or began our own business. If we recapture the joy behind that event, our motivation will increase.
Connect with our “why.” Everyone working on something has a reason for doing so. It’s in our nature to do things because there’s something beneficial from them.
2. Remind ourselves how badly we wanted to do it.
Remind ourselves how much we loved what we did! Surely, we didn’t start that new phase in our life just to follow the trend of others who were doing similar things; there must have been something we loved about it.
If we remind ourselves why we started working on that task or job, finding motivation won’t elude us anymore. Indeed, we’ll have it all the time.
3. Tell others how much passion we had.
If we still can’t get motivated, tell a friend or co-worker about that prior passion. Explain how important what we were doing was and what the benefits were, and we’ll see after only a few minutes that our mood and energy level will transform for the better. We’ll shine and feel like jumping right into a similar task today with such hunger that we’ll surprise ourselves!
4. Finding motivation: What’s stopping us?
Once we have our motivation back, what’s limiting our success? Can we locate the problem? For example, if we hate writing offers for new potential clients, what’s stopping us from writing? Just sit down and face it. Once we eliminate the problem, we’re ready to go!
You see, finding motivation isn’t hard. It’s all about what we’re willing to do with it. So let’s unleash our potential now!
5. Believe in ourselves.
One of the greatest examples is Steve Jobs. Steve was an amazing person, not because he created the products we all use today, but because he kept trying and finding motivation in everything he created. He brought himself from something bad to something beautiful.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
~ Steve Jobs