from MotivationWellBeing.com 12 June 12 enhance by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
What, When, Go !!! Getting what you want in life comes down to getting yourself to “do”, “what” needs to be done, “when” it needs to be done. The problem many of us run into is, losing our motivation to do what we “have” to do. Coming up with a bunch of ways to motivate yourself is great, but I think it’s also useful to identify some of the things that destroys your motivation in the first place. That way, you can figure out what usually causes you to lose your motivation and do something to prevent it. If taking action is the key to success, then figuring out what stops you from taking action is equally important. The following is a list of 21 common things that can kill your motivation.
1. No Goals. If you don’t have any goals, you can easily find yourself not wanting to do very much. Without a clear direction or purpose, life can seem pretty un-inspiring. Take the time to figure out what you want in life. What kind of experiences do you want to have? What sort of impact do you want to make? How do you want to be remembered? What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
2. Weak Desire. Having a strong “why” is vitally important when it comes to motivation. You can have goals – but if your desire to achieve them is weak – any number of things can discourage you and kill your motivation. If your desire is weak, either come up with stronger reasons for achieving the goal or choose another goal, something that actually excites you.
3. Lack of Instant Results. This one is the biggest reason why so many people start a workout or diet program and end up quitting later. This is usually a result of expecting too much, too soon. Give yourself a reasonable time frame. Any goal is achievable, if you have enough time – assuming that you’re doing the right things.
4. Lack of Support. When you feel like no one believes in you or supports you or cares about whether or not you accomplish your goals, finding the motivation to keep pressing on can be difficult. Look for people who will support & encourage you. Also, support the dreams of those around you. You just never know how much of a positive impact your support can have on someone.
5. Lack of Belief in Yourself. You can have the motivation to start taking a lot of action but if you don’t truly believe you can accomplish your goals, you’ll eventually stop and end up saying, “I knew I couldn’t do it.” When you let negative thoughts control you, you’ll start to doubt yourself and your motivation will plummet. Try reading positive material and filling your mind with confident thoughts. If possible, hire a coach or find someone who has achieved the results you want to help you out. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
6. Low Energy. It doesn’t matter how motivated your mind is, if your body is lacking in energy, you won’t be able to do much. Take care of your body. Eat right & get exercise. You can get a lot more done when you have the energy to bounce out of bed in the morning compared to having to muster up every ounce of energy you have – just to drag yourself out of bed.
7. Distractions – will constantly show up from every direction. Give into them and your focus will be thrown off course. When you stay off course for too long, your motivation will eventually fade. One way to deal with this is to constantly ask yourself whether or not, what you’re doing at the moment is taking you closer to or away from your goals.
8. Boredom. Often times, the big picture is more exciting than the details. But in order to get from where you are, to where you want to be, you need to work on the details. If you run a business that requires you to do a lot of boring tasks and it’s killing your drive, hire someone else to do those things.
9. Negative People – can suck the motivation right out of you. Their negative attitude & discouraging remarks, can be a huge energy drain. You should do what you can to avoid these types of people as much as possible.
10. Negative News. The world seems to have an endless supply of bad things happening, at least according to the media. If you spend too much time focusing on all of the bad things that are going on in this world, it could deplete your motivation quite quickly. Since the media focuses mainly on the bad to get attention, because it sells, try balancing that out by focusing on the good.
11. Lack of Action. There are many people who will set a goal, create a plan, then wait for the perfect time to start. The best time to take action is when you first set the goal. The reason is because by taking action right away, you’ll create “momentum”. This momentum can help to increase your motivation. If you wait too long, that excitement will decrease and so will your motivation.
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