Time is ticking, you feel like you’re never going to figure out why you were put on this Earth. Your motivation to be something in this world is slowly disappearing. That in itself is causing you to have a lot of stress and anxiety.
We all know what motivation is but why is it that we can’t figure out why it leaves us when we think we need it the most?
How can this one thing have the power to make or break us when it comes to our decisions on life? Stop being afraid of being clueless on what to do with your life, whether we are young or old, we are simply doing our jobs as humans by living.
Have you ever taken the time to zoom out on your life?
It’s scary to think about but when looking at the world as a whole, you are only one little part of it. What makes this interesting is the fact that when you view yourself from above you immediately take all of your attention away from yourself.
Do you have certain things that get you motivated or that keep you motivated?
The technique of zooming out on your life is a great way to start. Don’t beat yourself up for lacking motivation in life, this is actually a crucial step to becoming more informed about how you view your life. If you take a step back and allow yourself to be unmotivated for a short period of time, you will be able to take two steps forward on trying to achieve what you want in life.
Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when you’re dealing with unmotivating times.
Let Yourself Lose Focus For a Few Moments
You’ve probably already experienced moments where you didn’t feel like you were completely focused. This happens to me every day when I’m writing, I’ll think of an idea and then daydream on that idea for several minutes. What’s fascinating about humans when we lose focus is that we tend to think about things that have nothing to do with what we’re focusing on. These times of not feeling focused can actually benefit us in some ways. These moments when we’re already dreaming or going into deep thought allow us to be creative. These are where some of our best ideas to take action come from.
Have you ever questioned yourself on why you were doing something at the moment?
How is this going to benefit me in the future or is this really necessary in order to accomplish my dreams?
When you don’t force yourself to focus on one particular thing, you will have a more clear understanding of what you want to do. This may sound unorthodox but this process can be used during any situation. The next time you go get something to eat, observe your thoughts, and try to understand the questions you’re asking yourself when trying to figure out what you want to eat. Is it going to scratch the itch, that you’ve been craving all day?
When you catch yourself losing focus you immediately beat yourself up and tell yourself to get back to what you were doing. Next time you are doing this, hold back a little bit and figure out what triggers you to get back to work. Part of it is being able to catch yourself in the act but the other part is something that pushes you to keep going. Start learning about what that thing is that pushes you and keep it in your toolbox for the next time you’re feeling unmotivated.
Giving Yourself Time to Figure Out What You Want to Achieve
Have you ever started to crave motivation? It’s something that feels good when you are able to find it, you want to get to work with this feeling right away. It’s almost like a shock of adrenaline that goes into you and makes you start having all kinds of productive ideas.
Can motivation be linked to dopamine in some way?
According to Forbes, “dopamine levels are now believed to be strongly linked with motivation. Interestingly, one behavioral neuroscientist discovered that rats with lower dopamine levels weren’t willing to climb a small fence to get to a larger pile of food, compared to rats with higher levels of the hormone.” Not that we want to compare ourselves to rats but emotions seem to have a big impact on whether we can become motivated or not.
Taking a step back and being ok with the fact that it’s not ultimately bad to be unmotivated will help you figure out what you are capable of doing. Not being motivated will make you realize what your short term goals are vs. what your long term ones are. Don’t panic when you are faced with uncertainty about your life, instead take some time to learn more about yourself and what you want out of life.
If you’re still having trouble with motivation then you can start observing people who look like they have it all figured out and people that don’t. What do these people have in common? They are both trying to navigate through life and still deal with times of not having any motivation. They’re no different from you, what you can do to stand out is to not worry about what’s going on and react to those problems in a more understandable way. This is normal, people will lack the sense of motivation during times where their life is going good or bad.
Making Time to Rest Your Mind
The more effort that you put into your craft the more you’ll learn. Where people get confused is when they are doing all the work that they can do and are still not seeing any results. These results are usually of monetary value, which isn’t the healthiest thing to have in your mind. Either way, when you are relentlessly working towards your goal you will experience your energy slowly decreasing in the process.
Unfortunately during this time, we start to feel unmotivated. How unfortunate is this really? If we start to lose motivation through a productive sequence then we will start to figure out ways to make the process fun and exciting again.
We can limit ourselves to how much work we give ourselves to do on a daily basis. We will learn faster and more efficient ways that will let us get to our goals in a smoother way. Being unmotivated may sound depressing but it can actually help you get your goals in order.
When you’re feeling this way be sure to check on how you are doing mentally. If you’re not feeling motivated to do something productive at the moment focus on your mental health. Dive deep into your consciousness and figure out what's causing you to feel the way that you do.
Stop depriving yourself of mental clarity and be ok with the fact that you are not going to be motivated 100% of the time. Use that time to work on yourself and figure out what you are truly passionate about. It’s common to feel unmotivated at times and there will be more times in the future where you will experience it again. I’ll leave you with a quote from Walt Disney that says
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”