Motivation is a skill that drives us to accomplish our goals, dreams, or even simple tasks throughout the day. It is an internal process that allows us to move and take action. Although, having constant motivation would be ideal as it would allow us to accomplish every task, objective and goal without engaging in procrastination and being lazy, it would be realistic to presume that we, as individuals are not motivated at all times and tend to leave chores or tasks for later. The reason behind this lies in the form of motivation that we engage in when trying to complete/accomplish our tasks.
Ideally, motivation is an internal urge that drives us to fulfill any task or obstacle that we face at a given time. However, when we ‘don’t feel motivated’ or we ‘don’t feel like performing that specific task at present and want to leave it for later’, it is important that we ask ourselves the reasoning behind the motivation as opposed to why we aren’t motivated. According to Success.com (2016), We as humans have this skill instilled with us, henceforth we are always motivated.
Types Of Motivation:
When our motivation is extrinsic, or in other words, based on external factors such as wealth, power, or higher socioeconomic status, then we are engaging in sub-optimal motivation ( Fowler, 2016). In fact, this form of motivation can be compared to junk food such as a donut. Although the donut will be a ‘quick-fix’ and provide us with energy temporarily, after a while, its ingestion will leave us feeling sluggish and result in an all-time energy-low for our bodies (Fowler, 2016). Similarly, when we base our motivation on external factors instead of engaging in intrinsic motivation, it will provide us with a temporary drive and energy to complete that task, however, after a while, we won’t have the energy or drive to continue on with the task or accomplish our goals.
Ergo, it is important that when we aren’t feeling motivated, we engage in the following steps:
1. Realize if you are losing motivation or are leaving tasks/assignments for a later date
2. Become aware of the reasons behind your motivation (Is it external factors such as wealth or power driving you to complete the task? Is it pressure that’s driving you to complete the task? Or are you engaging in this task because you purely enjoy it (there aren’t any obvious external rewards of doing it)?)
3. If you are engaging in sub-optimal motivation, try to switch that mentality and become more mindful of the intrinsic motivational aspect of performing that task or reaching that goal. That is when you will truly be engaging in optimal motivation.
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Additionally, here are some quotes that can help you gain back the motivation needed to make you one step closer to achieving your goals, or simply lightening your mood and helping you get through the day…
“ You can’t get much done in life when you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West
“ When life gives you a hundred reasons to break down and cry, show life that you have a million reasons to smile and laugh. Stay strong.” – Anonymous
“ Tough times don’t last. Tough people do” -MotivationPing
“ You don’t always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens” – Mandy Hale
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
“ There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” – Brian Tracy
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” – Suzy Kassem
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve” – Mary Kay Ash
And the most important quotation that truly sums up life and its’ hardships are:
“ Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.” – Jenni Young
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