Unmotivated? 5 Inspiration Hacks That Will Get You Back on TrackOctober 8, 2019
It happens to all of us: The Paralysis of Unmotivation.
There you are, staring at your computer screen and you just don’t want to start anything.
You scan through your current projects and aren’t excited about even one.
Flipping through the day’s appointments, you wish you could just go back to bed.
Suddenly you realize you’re not as motivated as you were just a short time ago. You have become complacent. Before you know it, your goals and dreams start drifting away. Even if it’s for a short period of time, it can be hard to bounce back from.
No matter how much you have achieved in the past or how bright your future looks, you likely have become unmotivated at some point (or you will).
Don’t panic. It happens to the best of us.
The key is to gain back your lost motivation as soon as possible, because the longer you stay in a funk, the worse you feel. The longer you are stuck in that place, not tackling your dreams, the further away they will drift.
And that’s one of an entrepreneur’s biggest fears.
If you can relate — and I know you can! — then how can you get back on track with your goals? For starters, take a bite out of the advice below.
1. Think Back To Your Darkest Hour
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle
This first strategy may be counter-intuitive, but it can work to jolt yourself back into feeling motivated. Think back to your darkest hour, even worse than how you’re feeling now, when you were really in the dumps. Remember just how you felt then, whether this happened years ago or in the near past.
You probably were not making much money. You were working at a dead-end job. Just remember how desperate you were for an opportunity to make your dreams come true! Wouldn’t you have done anything to get out of that state?
While it’s always best to have a positive outlook on life, it can certainly be motivating to look back at a time when you came face-to-face with your darkest hour. If that is a place you never want to visit again, then you will do whatever it takes to get back on track.
Plus, when you come back to the present, look and see how far you’ve come!
2. Revisit Your Goals for Inspiration
“Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.” —Samuel Johnson
If you are unmotivated, then you have to find inspiration before you get too far off track. Sometimes finding the path back is as simple as revisiting your goals.
We are forgetful creatures. We need constant reminding.
It’s easy to forget about your goals if you aren’t looking at them every day, so force them back into your life. Write them on your mirror. Post them on your dresser. Frame them on your desk. Let these goals be your inspiration, and you will start enjoying the process of achieving them once again.
Another thing about goals: It’s okay to make adjustments or change up the deadlines along the way. The key is to not put your goals on the back burner altogether.
3. Change Things Up A Bit
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” — Benjamin Franklin.
When you get tired of the path you are traveling on a daily basis, change things up a bit!
Instead of doing your work during the first eight hours of the day, take a long break in the middle and do something you love to do. Go to the gym, read a book, catch a movie, spend time with your family, or hang out with your friends.
Tackle your most personally-fulfilling goals first thing in the morning instead of waiting until all of your business work is done.
Switch up when you work. If you usually work in the morning, try doing some of your work at night. If you have always been a night owl, start working in the morning.
The key is to find some way to change up your current process. Whether minor or major, make some adjustments. This is your life, and you have the ability to change it and shape it however you like — and you should.
Shaking things up a bit could be just what you need to get back on track.
4. If All Else Fails, Go On A Vacation
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” —Terry Pratchett
When you are feeling burned out, a vacation or weekend getaway is the perfect way to gain back your motivation.
Not only is it okay to take a step back from work from time to time, but it’s also healthy. After all, human beings are not machines — we need breaks!
Have you not taken a vacation in what feels like a lifetime? Can you remember the last time you had a day off? Don’t lose sight of the point of all your work: so that you can live a life you enjoy!
Renewal, refreshment, and even fun have to fit in with your lofty goals.
You will be amazed how quickly your motivation returns when you’ve been refreshed by some time away from it all.
5. What Do You Want To Be Remembered For?
“All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” — Jim Rohn
When you are stuck in a rut, going through the motions, or feeling unmotivated, ask yourself this question: Is this what I want to be remembered for?
Is what you are doing right now what you want to be remembered for?
Are you happy with your current legacy and the direction it is going?
If you can honestly answer yes to that question, then keep on trucking.
However, if you want there to be more to your life, then do something about it.
This perspective will help you do one of two things: either get back on track with your goals or make new ones.
Whether you like it or not, people will remember you for who you ARE, not who you want to be. Do you want to be remembered as a successful entrepreneur, business owner, or visionary? Then start becoming that person now. Start doing what that person would do.
Make this your new mantra: “I am motivated, positive, and persistent. I will NEVER give up.”
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As one of the top entrepreneurs of our time, Kevin Harrington has over 40 years of experience disrupting the marketplace and generating phenomenal results. He has launched more than 20 companies that have grown to over a $100 million in revenue each, and his work behind the scenes of legendary business ventures has produced over $5 billion in global sales via the launch over 500 products, while helping make dozens of millionaires along the way.