Ever have one of those days where you just can’t seem to get yourself motivated to do anything? You’re not alone. I bet even Tony Robbins occasionally has one of those days. Whether it’s starting to exercise, or tackling a huge new project, sometimes, it’s just tough to get up and go. These motivational slumps are not to be confused with clinical depression, which requires intervention from a medical professional. I’m talking about those “blah” days that most of us face at one time or another.
While it sounds simple enough to “just do it,” sometimes, it’s just hard to get off your behind and get motivated. The following tricks can help you out of a slump.
Accept that there is an ebb and flow to life
Unless you’re the energizer bunny, it’s impossible to be motivated all the time. Motivation comes and goes, and simply accepting that it won’t go away permanently can be enough to get yourself out of your slump.
Don’t set goals that feel overwhelming. If you find it hard to get yourself motivated, you may be setting your expectations too high. Let’s use exercise as an example. If you haven’t been exercising, setting a goal of running a five mile race within a month is probably not going to get you started. Instead, set yourself an achievable goal of walking 10 minutes a day for a week.
Build on small successes
Once you’ve accomplished your small goal, build on it. Increase your walking time by 5 or 10 minutes each day. You will feel that you’ve accomplished something, and it will become easier to build on your success.
Seek support from others
Find people who share the same goals as you do. Create a team of motivational cheerleaders for yourself. When you’re in a slump, call on them to help you, but don’t forget to return the favor.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
Instead of thinking how hard something is, think about the benefits. Think about how much healthier and energetic you’ll feel if you exercise on a regular basis rather than the fact that you’d rather sit on your couch and watch TV.
Be kind to yourself
Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not motivated all the time. Realize that sometimes, motivating yourself to accomplish a new goal means you’ll be stepping outside of your comfort zone, and that takes courage. Pat yourself on the back for even small steps toward your goal.
I can’t imagine that cats have trouble motivating themselves. They don’t think “I’m so tired! I don’t want to get up and chase that mouse today. Life is so hard!” Instead, they take a nap, and wake up refreshed and ready to get on with their day.
Do you have trouble motivating yourself? What has helped you?