Most people who struggle with poor motivation, often make the mistake of externalizing the reasons they struggle with motivation. These external reasons are often related to basic and emotional needs that they struggle to meet. For example, if you struggle with poor motivation, you might give reasons related to your limited resources, (i.e money). This would be an example of an unmet or poorly met basic need. Or you might reason that your poor motivation might be due to poor relationships you may have with family, friends or the community at large. This is an example of an unmet or poorly met emotional need. Keep reading for 3 Reasons you struggle with motivation and what to do about it.
The real reason you most likely struggle with poor motivation boils down to how you unknowingly interpret your daily experiences with the world.
The three reasons are as follows:
1. You are stuck in a rut
You have become so accustomed to the daily grind, that you have lost sight of the bigger picture. Your daily habits have become so ingrained that even when you find yourself with significant free time, you are at a loss about what to do with yourself.
The reason for this phenomenon is based on discoveries in neuroscience. Specifically, pertaining to how habits are ingrained in the brain, through neurological connections. The more ingrained the habit, the stronger the connection. So, in-essence, if you find yourself stuck in a rut, you have become a specialist at engaging in a set of behaviors.
However, you start to feel that you are in a rut if your behaviors are geared around something that does not bring meaning into your life. Or, you come to realize that your behaviors are taking you in a direction from what you truly want.
The next most likely reason you struggle with motivation is a lack of vision.
2. You lack vision
Simply put, having a vision means having a defined goal of something you would like to accomplish by a certain point in your future. The term vision is typically used as an analogy of where you would like to see your life regarding your accomplished goal.
For example, a college student, who aspires to become a medical doctor, most likely envisions himself in the future as a medical doctor, treating patients. This vision gives him the motivation and endurance for a heavy and time-consuming academic course load, one semester after another. Compare this with a student, who is undecided regarding what he wants to do as a professional. In the absence of a vision, his follow-through with most things that require disciplined commitment is nonexistent.
A better way to understand this is a traveler who embarks on a journey without a destination in mind. Such a journey is most likely going to end up in aimless wandering from place to place.
The next reason why you most likely struggle with getting and staying motivated, is a fear to take risks.
3. You Fear Risk
So, let’s say that unlike the previous example, you do have a goal in mind, for what you would like to accomplish. But… you are afraid of following through. It could be because of a fear of failure, which is the most common reason people are hesitant to follow through on accomplishing their goals.
Regardless, how this plays out is what starts out as an initial deferment on goals, which eventually leads to an abandonment of said goals. During this process, as you come to believe less and less in your goals you experience a reduced motivation to follow-through on any objectives associated with your goals.
Eventually, this leads to a complete abandonment of your goal, or goals, which leads to depressed mood. As you are probably familiar with, a primary symptom of depression is poor motivation. So, it leads to a negative cycle that feeds itself.
So, if you can relate to being stuck in a rut, having no goals for the future, or being too afraid to take on any risks to accomplish your goals, what’s the solution?
The main solution is to change your mindset. Just as your behaviors are represented by neurological pathways in your brain, so are your thoughts. So, assuming you can relate to all three issues, it would be easy to adopt a mindset or idea that address just one issue.
For example, if you adopted a mindset that addresses getting past your fear of taking risk, it would also address you changing your habits and creating new goals. An effective strategy of changing your mindset is to write down the new mindset you want to embrace and practice. Next, you will document the behaviors you need to practice daily for this new mindset to become ingrained. This will also be followed by daily documentation of your efforts in practicing this new behavior.
You will start to notice the new behaviors getting easier after thirty days. However, it is usually after just over two months that you notice yourself following through with your new behaviors become automatic, and begin to happen without thinking.