Being motivated is something we know is good for us. In order to get things done consistently, we must have drive and motivation to do the things we want to do.
The truth is we all lose motivation at some point. If we remain unmotivated for extended periods of time, it will have some ramifications on what we are doing or what we want to do.
Therefore, it is highly advantageous to know what some of the possible causes are for losing motivation and how to turn it around.
In a perfect world, the people around us and those we spend most of our time with, would be encouraging, supportive and positive people.
However, we know that’s not the case.
Negative or toxic people are all around us. They could be people we live with, people we work with, our family or relatives, acquaintances or people we know socially.
Being around toxic people can:
- Be detrimental to our physical health and well-being.
- Influence our thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
- Affect our perspective on the world and life in general.
These people can be deadly, if we allow them to be, and should be avoided whenever possible.
In order to become more productive and effective, we must become good at completing what we start.
Whether it is a task or a project, the better we become at finishing things, the better our results will be.
As our lives gets busier and busier, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to manage the things we have to do and the things we want to do a lot better. Having systems and tools to help us is now no longer an option — it is mandatory.
If we’re not good at finishing things, it means we have a lot of “incompletes,” which is one of the main causes of stress and overwhelm. That can lead to delays in projects, which can affect us financially, emotionally, relationally and physically.
If you take a few minutes and just reflect on this question, How high are you on your list of priorities?, what would your answer be?
For most people, they are not usually at the top of their list. All too often, we put family, relationships, personal and professional priorities ahead of ourselves.
Why is it difficult for so many of us to take care of ourselves first?
Could it be because we’ve been conditioned to do things for others first because if we don’t, we will be considered as being selfish or self-centred?
Over the past decade, our reliance and dependence on mobile devices has increased exponentially.
Mobile devices control so much of our lives, and like most things, they have their advantages and disadvantages.
All we have to do today is observe people either when they are out and about, or when they are doing work. Whenever people have any free time, there is a tendency to reach for our mobile devices and get plugged into the world of technology.
There is no denying mobile devices has impacted our lives in so many ways, and has enhanced how we communicate and how we do things.
Having clutter around is a major reason why we often struggle to be productive. Our physical environment has a major influence on our mindset, our emotions and our behaviours.
When we have a cluttered environment around us, it can:
- Demotivate us.
- Cause us to work inefficiently.
- Affect our relationship with those who are also exposed to the environment.
- Cause us to lose respect with clients, colleagues or loved ones.
- Deter others from wanting to work with us.
A cluttered physical environment is usually a symptom of a cluttered mind. This can affect our ability to focus and be creative, and cause us to get distracted easily. In order to increase our productivity, we must start paying more attention to our physical environment.
The level of trust we have with others and others have with us form the foundation of many relationships, both personal and professional.
Trust is one of those things that can take a lifetime to earn but can be lost in an instant. Reflect back on some of the relationships with others you no longer have — was trust one of the factors that affected the relationship?
Oftentimes, we are quick to judge someone based on what they say or do. Think of how we view politicians or a manager or boss — on most occasions, our perception of them is based on whether we think we can trust them or not.
Do you sometimes feel you lack the courage to do what you really want to?
In this short video, Marie Forleo shares how we can find the courage to go after what we really want and also offers two questions we can ask ourselves each time we feel we are lacking the courage to go through with it. Enjoy the video!
Question: What is your best technique for building up courage?