Yes, you read it right. Rafael Nadal, Kimi Raikkonen, and the LA Lakers have something in common, something that came up to haunt them recently. This is the same thing that haunts us every day. I will give you a few hints*:
Rafael Nadal admits he has struggled to find the motivation to drag his weary body through the final weeks of a grueling campaign.
The Los Angeles Lakers were brutally swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. They lacked motivation, offensive and defensive intensity.
Kimi Raikkonen has brushed aside concerns about his motivation after agreeing to return to Formula One with Lotus Renault next season.
Figured it out yet?
Lack of motivation is a deal breaker. It stops us from being productive, achieving our goals and being happy. We have all suffered from it at some point in our lives. Common sense dictates that as long as we like what we do, we will feel motivated. This is correct.
But what can you do when the motivation breaks down? Here are a few tips to brighten up your day and feel motivated again:
1) Redefine and Reassess your Goal:
Maybe you are losing perspective of the goal.
Quite often, when we get closer to our destination, we get confused, and give up. Some of the people I have met were so scared of their own success, they just couldn’t continue. You need to redefine what your goals mean to you – the cost of getting them, and the cost of not getting them.
Visualization such as this will put things into perspective, allowing you to look at the big picture. This will result in confidence and a born-again attitude that will light up your way to success.
2) Remove Clutter:
My desk – right at this point – is almost empty. My laptop and a couple of books take up some small space. But mostly, it is clutter free. A clutter free environment = clutter free mind.
If your workstation is full of things that you hardly use, I would suggest clearing it up right away.
3) Create a List:
Lack of motivation is often born out of confusion about the next step. So pull out a pen and paper, and make a list. I would recommend writing everything down instead of typing – at least for me written messages sink in deeper. As you go through the day, cross off all items that have been completed. You will be surprised by how good doing this feels.
Remember to keep the momentum going – it can be the make or break factor in your endeavor for success.
4) Prepare a Vision Board:
This, I believe, is the most undervalued strategy for gaining motivation. A vision board is your dream board, encompassing images and words that define your dream. Whether that is a big house, a check for $1million or your own business; just put some pictures on the board and look at them every day. Keep reminding yourself of all the reasons that make you want to succeed.
(I cannot find name of the celebrity, but) He used to carry $1m check (fake/not cash-able) in his wallet, as that reminded him of his goals. When he earned his first million, he just put an extra zero on the check and still carried it around. Today, this guy is a billionaire. This is the power of vision boards.
5) Just Give it 15 More Minutes:
This is a simple technique that can greatly increase your productivity and as a result – motivation. If you feel that your energy and concentration are failing you, just decide to work for 15 more minutes. 15 minutes is nearly hundredth part of your day. So little.
If you can dedicate this small time to your task at hand, you will be surprised how far you get. You might even forget the 15-minute rule and continue to keep working! All depends on the moment – so don’t let the moment pass.
People have a big impact on our life – whether we want to or not. It is for us to channelize this impact into something positive. Lack of motivation is endemic in cases where we don’t have an idol. I too have that problem.
Instead, I tend to refocus on the virtues that I expect from my idols. You could either do the same, or read about those that inspire you.
If you have the right mentality, other people’s success can motivate you to succeed.
7) Take Action
Now for some tough love – take action. The biggest problem with self-help material is that people read too much, and implement too little. Ideally, you should spend 20% of your time reading these things, and 80% actually implementing them.
So before you go back to your drawing board, leave a comment and tell us what habits you could change to feel more motivated.
I would also appreciate if you check out my other posts from this week:
*The news items have been taken from various sources