How To Feel Inspired Again After Losing Your Motivation

5 Things You Can Do to Lift Yourself Back Up and Start Making Progress Again

Have you ever experienced being totally motivated one day and then struggling to even get out of bed the next day?

It reminds me of a Zig Ziglar quote on motivation: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”

We all go through phases in life where we find it hard to get ourselves to do things we know we should do like exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated daily, or getting enough sleep each night, to name a few.

So we need to ask ourselves why we lose our motivation. Some of the common reasons include:

  • Doing the same things over and over.
  • Not feeling joy in what we’re doing.
  • Doubting whether what we’re doing will make a difference at all.
  • Experiencing higher than normal levels of stress or anxiety.
  • Comparing ourselves to others and generating feelings of not being good enough.

While these are valid reasons, there are three other reasons that are at the core of why we lose our motivation.

How to get motivated again

The 3 Real Reasons Why You Lose Motivation

  1. Not having purpose or meaning in what you are doing. It’s easy to go through the motions or do things just to make ends meet. This is not a long-term strategy for high levels of motivation. When we don’t have a purpose for doing anything in life, it’s very easy to become disengaged and unmotivated.
  2. Failing to meet our expectations. This can be by setting goals beyond what we believe is possible for us, or placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves based on where we are in life. These can result in disappointments and if we’re unable to manage our emotions, it will lead to lower levels of motivation.
  3. Not being your true self. Whenever we are out of alignment with who we are or we don’t think we can be our true selves all the time, we won’t feel our best. This will show up in our behaviour by trying to please others, conforming to other people’s expectations of us, or even rebelling at times just so we can feel good about ourselves.

The more strategies, tools and tactics we have to get ourselves motivated again after a slump, the quicker we’ll be able to get back into action doing the things that will move us forward.

5 Things You Can Do to Get Motivated Again

  1. Have a purpose or intention behind everything you do. Clarity of purpose leads to more intelligent decisions, higher levels of productivity and generation of positive emotions. The clearer our intention for doing something, the better our chances will be in getting it done. Having a purpose that’s inspiring to us is what will keep us going forward.
  2. Focus more on being of service to others. Most times, we will do more for others than we will do for ourselves. Having a service mindset will help us take the focus off ourselves or our struggles when we’re feeling unmotivated to what we can do to help someone else.
  3. Do something different. We all need variety in our lives. If we get into a routine of doing the same things over and over again, life can get mundane or boring. This is why we should have other projects, goals or even hobbies we can focus on to have a mental break from what we have been doing. Sometimes, it’s also beneficial to get away from everything just to have some down time.
  4. Install habits that require you to do things in a certain way. As most things we do are habitual, we can develop habits that will cause us to stay engaged and keep our motivation levels high. As we’re all different and have different preferences, we should find what works best for us and do those things on a regular basis to feel motivated. An example can be pre-determining how we want to feel for each task or activity before we do it.
  5. Create supportive environments. We can be internally or externally motivated. The points above are more related to being internally motivated. We should also pay attention to what in our external world may cause us to have low or high levels of motivation. This is why knowing how to design supportive environments will help us in maintaining high levels of motivation.

The more motivated we are, the better our attitude will be, which means we’ll have a better outlook on life and also create better results. If we don’t know what to do whenever we’re going through low periods of motivation, it will take a lot longer to get ourselves motivated again, which can cost us in a big way in other areas of our lives as well.

Action Step: Whenever you feel unmotivated, ask yourself questions like, “What is my real intention right now?” or “What is the purpose for what I’m doing now?” Connect to your “why” first before applying the other ideas suggested above.

Question: What is something else we can do to feel inspired again after losing our motivation?

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