Did You Lose Your Mojo?
Do you ever start the day or week ready to tackle the world?
Eager to face all your goals and then some? But, before the day or week ends, all the motivation has been zapped out of you for one reason or another. Considering that we can’t always control how our bodies and mind’s function, losing motivation can be discouraging. It happens to most of us at some point in time. Here are six things you can do to boost your motivation when you’re at your lowest.
1. Focus on your accomplishments.
When demotivated, it is common for us to feel like a failure who has never and will never get anything done. We tend to focus on all the things we have not accomplished. We position ourselves so far from our goals that it makes it hard to pursue them.
But, if we shift our mindset and focus on our accomplishments, we feel more motivated and assured that we can achieve what we want to achieve. Having a written list of achievements is a great way to remind yourself of your successes and what you are capable of accomplishing. You can also break down your tasks into smaller segments and focus on those little wins that build towards the bigger end goal.
Our brain works like a computer. Sometimes we open too many tabs and everything seems to freeze, resulting in us being unable to really do anything despite the long to-do list that is waiting for us. When this happens to our computers, the 1st thing that comes to mind is to restart it.
The same applies to our brain. When it is overwhelmed and under so much pressure, the best thing to do is take a step back and hit restart through meditation.
Meditation allows our brain to slow down. The stimulation sent from our senses to the brain slows down giving the brain some time to breath, relax and focus. Meditation enhances our focus levels. Usually, we are always multitasking, and our brain has to deal with a lot of things at one time. When our focus is divided across five different things, it becomes difficult to get the best results.
Meditation allows us to focus on the one thing that really needs our attention and achieve that. Studies have also found that meditation decreases mind-wandering, allowing us to focus and concentrate more. It also increases the amount of gray matter in our brain, allowing us to have positive emotions.
3. Practice gratitude.
One of my favorites. Usually when we are not being grateful, we are complaining and that drains our energy and motivation. When you practice gratitude, you focus on what you have as opposed to what you don’t have. A grateful mindset makes you appreciate not only yourself, but those around you and how they have contributed to your life in a positive way leaving you with a feeling of abundance which spurs on motivation.
4. Start your day on a good note.
How you start your day plays an important role on how you feel throughout the day. Your morning routine should be refreshing and energizing, allowing you to tackle the day more from a heart centered place.
Just like Cinderella, keep trying until you find the one that fits just right. For some, a morning spent journaling or jogging does the trick while for others a hot cup of coffee in silence is exactly what they need. Try out different ideas until you find what works for you!
Positive affirmations can also lead to greater motivation. Starting your day with positive affirmations means you get to tell yourself beautiful things that resonate with your heart.
5. Change your setting.
Sometimes what you really need is a change of scenery for you to regain your motivation. Being in a new environment helps you shift to a new mindset. This is partly why many of us take a vacation – to decompress and step away from the normal day to day activities so we can recharge our batteries. Allowing yourself to take a break can improve performance on many different levels.
6. Remind yourself of the why.
Going back to the starting point is a great way for you to regain motivation. What are you trying to accomplish? What are your values? The answer to these questions is often good motivation. Once you remember why you started, you will likely remember why it’s important for you to keep going.