Updated: Oct 17, 2020
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Our levels of motivation are constantly changing. Being motivated feels great!
But... how do we deal with a lack of motivation?
In today's podcast, Janelle Lynnae will walk us through her seven steps to get your motivation back! We'll be answering questions such as:
What can a lack of motivation look like?
What might spark a lack of motivation?
How can I get motivated again?
7 Steps to Get Your Motivation Back!
1. Make a list of everything that’s pissing you off and everything you’re upset about.
You can also tell it to a trusted friend. Make sure you get really dramatic about it too! Wallowing is encouraged!
This step may take a while, maybe one day or maybe a couple weeks. Don't rush the process! Take the time to let all of your emotions out without any judgment. Take long naps, take long showers, and cry a lot.
2. Delete all social media apps for a few days.
If you’re feeling grouchy, cranky, unmotivated, etc... there’s absolutely no reason to add fuel to the flames. Social media is some next level fuel that makes you feel even crappier about your life when you’re unmotivated.
"Comparison is the thief of all joy"
Scrolling through IG can be used as a numbing distractions, but when it's over, you'll feel worse than before.
3. Find some stuff to be happy about! AKA Gratitude
Make a long and random list of every little thing that you’re thankful for. Even if you feel pissed off or cranky when you start, that’s okay!
Keep adding to your list until you start to appreciate everything good and right in your life.
Another great gratitude practice is to do nice things for other people during this time. Show others some love! Not only will it make them feel good, but it will also boost your mood!
4. Find encouraging Bible verses, inspiring quotes, watch inspiring videos or listen to an inspiring audio books.
Write down some of your favorite quotes from whatever it is that you listen to or read! One of my favorite Bible verses that always helps me is:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
5. Ask the WHY Question!
While you’re journaling, start asking yourself why you’re feeling so annoyed, unmotivated, lazy, frustrated, BLEH.
A lot of times this is coming from a place of unmet expectations. Timing of things not going your way. Impatience. Or exhaustion from trying too hard and seeing so little results. Understanding the why behind your feelings is incredibly important in being able to shift the negative emotion to a positive one.
6. Take a break and go have good ol' fashioned fun outside.
Take the pressure off yourself. A lot of times when we’re feeling unmotivated, we feel so guilty about being unmotivated that we try to work really, really, really hard to get through the unmotivated time. We seem to think “even though I hate the world right now, I’m going to try to do a million productive things and push through!!!” No... don’t try to push through. DO LESS.
"It's okay to go slower."
You probably feel the way you feel right now BECAUSE you’re trying to do too much in your life. Do anything that will make you happy. Go outside and go for a walk, bike ride, or roller blading session. Find something child like to do! Or call a friend. Or spend time doing your hair, make up, or putting on an extra cute outfit!
7. Be patient and kind with yourself.
You’re not a machine. You’re not a robot. You’re a human. Remind yourself that it’s normal to have times that feel BLEH. Anticipate things to get better, but you don’t need to fake positivity right now. And never feel ashamed to seek professional help!
And don't forget to check out these great reads!
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
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The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
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Janelle Lynnae, the Founder of Next Level Confident, is a Confidence Coach and Corporate Workshop Facilitator. She primarily focuses on women in STEM industries and believes all women deserve to grow their confidence muscle in order to face their fears, set audacious goals, and take leaps of faith.
Janelle has years of experience coaching women how to break through psychological barriers unknowingly placed on self. She empowers each woman with the tools and practical action steps she must take in order to live a life she’s proud of.