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Having motivation can be an amazing feeling with that sudden burst of energy and excitement. But we all have certain days when we just can’t seem to grasp any motivation at all. It can be difficult when there are so many barriers especially negative influences surrounding us. That’s why it is important to identify the obstacles to reach a solution. So here are 20 motivation killers and how to overcome them:
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- 1) Negative people.
Toxic friends can sap your energy, never celebrate your achievements and try to bring you down. This may be someone we’ve known for years or in the same social circle. They may not be aware of their behavior so make them understand how you feel. If this doesn’t work, then try just joining group settings rather than individual hang outs. The last resort would be to cut off that person.
- 2) Negative bias on social media.
Social media sucks up a lot of our time which can lead to delaying in tasks or loss of motivation to do something. Social media also has a bias for the negative. Consider a social media purge by unfollowing people and pages that spread negativity. Or try to limit social media time to five minutes in the morning and evening.
- 3) Worrying about failure.
Our perfectionist self can make us averse to failure. This goes back to hunter-gatherer days when we avoided threats and mistakes for survival. Failure needs to be regarded as a useful tool for growth and success rather than a bad reflection on you. Fearing failure can also lead to analysis paralysis by not taking action towards reaching your goals. But think of the possibility of success and focus on improving your skills.
- 4) Holding onto the past and fixating on the future.
We keep thinking about the future such as “what’s next” and “next week I need to do x and y” rather than “what am I doing now?” Stop holding onto the emotional luggage of the past and focus on the simple present moment. Implement mindfulness by doing activities such as meditation, yoga or positive affirmations for presence.
- 5) Putting others first.
Selfless acts are great but there are times you need to put yourself first by giving yourself time to recharge. Make more time for yourself with a long hot bath, nice walk or giant slice of cake. Reserve time for your own needs and reaffirm your own worth which will encourage motivation.
- 6) Being impatient.
Everything in the 21st century is going at lightening speed. We’re going faster and our dreams can’t catch up. Meaningful things take a lot of time and don’t happen instantly. Break a large task down to smaller pieces for a mini rush of excitement every time you complete a small task.
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- 7) Envy of others.
We won’t admit it but we secretly feel a sense of jealousy or envy when we see others achieve something. We need to acknowledge our feelings and start disregarding what others are doing and achieving. The only person you are in competition with is yourself so focus on yourself.
- 8) Not making S.M.A.R.T goals.
This represents specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based. It discourages burn out and encourages motivation. Set small goals based on this format and reward yourself.
- 9) Lack of a clear purpose.
Ask yourself: what’s the reason behind this goal? Why should I accomplish it? You need a strong WHY for big motivation. Look at past goals you failed to reach and see the reason behind each goal. Always make your goals align with your purpose.
- 10) Inconsistency.
Starting and stopping a task can lead to lack of motivation. Start the goal and make a schedule to continue it. Create new habits and routines for success.
- 11) Lack of self-care.
Sometimes we get too overwhelmed in our hectic lives to take care of ourselves. Make sure you are getting enough water on a daily basis and don’t have a poor diet. Diets high in processed sugar and saturated fat can kill energy levels and focus. Get enough sleep everyday to prevent fatigue and prevent reduced cognition.
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- 12) Negative news.
We are constantly influenced by TV, friends, social media, newspaper, the internet and so on. But negative news can drain your energy away leading to no motivation. So try to cut out the amount of negative news consumption.
- 13) Overdoing it.
You can overdo it which leads to burn out. Avoid this by regular taking breaks to reduce stress and increase productivity.
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- 14) Nothing to look forward to.
Set a reward for yourself no matter how small it is. It could be coffee with a magazine, a long bubble bath or something special on holiday. Plan something daily, weekly, monthly and annually.
- 15) Same old stuff.
Routine is great but it will become boring if you don’t get anything done and change it up once in a while. An example is changing your fitness routine every 6 weeks. Think outside the box how you can change it up.
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- 16) Not believing in yourself.
Take a look at things that are holding you back. Use notecards to write down what you need to hear to believe in yourself. Look at past achievements to prove to yourself you’re capable of accomplishing difficult things.
- 17) Lack of energy.
Winter is usually the time that decreases energy and mood. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with adequate sleep, exercise and diet. Maintaining your health is key to feeling more energetic and focused. Spend time with loved ones and do fun activities with friends.
- 18) Making excuses rather than reflect.
Reflect on your failures and setbacks to see how you can do better next time. Put in the effort to change yourself and take responsibility for your own life.
- 19) Afraid of discomfort.
When starting a new habit, the initial process will be very uncomfortable. Design solutions and actions with less resistance. An example is placing the alarm close to a light switch and cup of water to make it easier to wake up earlier.
- 20) Lack of priorities.
Stop doing things that are not important and start prioritizing real valuable tasks. Ask yourself: what does this benefit? And in what way will it benefit me?
I’ve recently hit a roadblock when it comes to motivation towards my studies and Spanish learning. I kept procrastinating on those important tasks and avoided even touching my work. But I’ve come to realize that there were big motivation killers that I hadn’t noticed before. I was getting impatient with Spanish learning, expecting that I would magically be a fluent speaker after only a few weeks of practice. I was also comparing myself to other successful students who seemed to excel at everything with flawless effort. And I was getting tired of the same old routine that I was doing. So once I identified those motivation killers, I knew I needed to start changing my mindset by realizing that these things take time so I need to maintain consistency and to stop comparing myself to others. I also knew I had to switch up my old routine and prioritize self-care. I reconnected with my strongest WHY to my studies and Spanish learning which is to be able to travel around Spanish countries and treat patients. After identifying and creating solutions to those barriers, I felt my motivation come back to life.
What are some motivation killers for you? What actions are you taking to overcome it?
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SUMMARIES OF BLOGS:
- 9 MOTIVATION KILLERS YOU MUST BE CAREFUL OF! by Chloe Parpworth-Reynolds
- 8 Motivation Killers You Need to Know About by Nadalie Bardo
- 8 Motivation Killers You Need To Be Aware Of Now by Dragos Bernat
- THE 5 BIGGEST MOTIVATION KILLERS AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM by Chrissy
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