Most people may suffer from lack of motivation to a mild degree at some point in their lives. Some may even give in to a continual lack of motivation which can permeate many aspects of their lives, but most especially it can affect the drive for success – the ability to reach their life goals – and living a motivated life.
Fortunately, most people are introspective enough that they can explore their reasons for lack of motivation or, better yet, they know that they should seek out someone to assist them (i.e. a lifecoach). When they do look at their lack of motivation and they rule out any illness, they may find the there are certain common elements that seem to contribute to a lack of motivation. They are the Motivation Killers. Do any of these Motivation Killers apply to you?
1.- Low self-esteem.
It is difficult to make any movement if we don’t believe in ourselves and it is just difficult to get others to believe in us.
2.- Comparing yourself to others.
Let’s face it, rarely do we come out on top when we are comparing ourselves to others. We just never measure up and if we don’t measure up, why take any action? You do realize that no two people have the same set of fingerprints. Hence, comparing yourself to someone else is literally comparing apples to oranges.
3.- Wanting to reap too soon.
Many times we set these unrealistic deadlines, then examine what may be involved in reaching success. If reaching that deadline seems unattainable, we can feel deflated and defeated before we even begin. I have a quote that says, You can not sow and reap at the same time.
4.- Not knowing your Why.
If you have no clear reason for accomplishing a goal, no vision of what it is you want, there is certainly no reason to act. Motivation doesn’t exist in a vacuum. As human beings, we are wired to have something to strive for, a purpose to our actions. The two most important days in a person’s life is the day they were born and the day they figured out why. Your life takes on an entirely different meaning when you discover the reason you are alive.
5.- Fear of the outcome, whether fear of success or fear of failure.
As strange and contradictory as it may seem, some of us fear success. A large majority of us fear failure. Either way, we are stymied by that fear and the motivation to act drifts away, eliminating each outcome. The result? We don’t need to face that fear. The greatest fear should be not fulfilling the reason why you are alive.
6.- This is the first cousin of the lack of motivation.
They will feed on each other if you let them. When there is not a strong enough motivation, a strong enough why, then procrastination will take over and the result is, once again, inaction. I love this line from the recent movie Hidden Figures, “Inaction is dangerous.”
7.- Just plain old stuck which translates as no inspiration.
This can be because you have nothing to act on – ideas and goals just aren’t there. Or maybe you have too many choices, too many options and directions open to you and you just shut down. A lot of my clients call this being overwhelmed.
How many of these scenarios apply to you. If even one of these Motivation Killers applies, you are going to be hampered from reaching your goal and achieving your full potential.
There is a cure for this malady: reach out to Dr. Walter Sims. The Doctor of Motivation is in. You can conquer your Motivation Killers.
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