In life and work, motivation can be our greatest friend or our biggest enemy. Procrastination is an easy trap to fall into when there’s so many distractions online just a tap or click away and a whole Netflix queue just waiting to be watched. 🙂 And sometimes we just feel sooooo unmotivated even when we know we need to get work done, and we have no idea why. Is this why you’re feeling unmotivated in your life?
Is This Why You’re Feeling Unmotivated?
After several years of being self-employed and being fully responsible for getting work done without a boss or team holding me accountable, I can say that it usually boils down to this…
There is something BIG in the way that is stopping the motivation from flowing.
This big thing could be many things, but is usually related to your mindset or mental energy. Basically, you feel unmotivated because you’re spending so much effort and energy thinking about this one big thing and stressing out over it, you have no energy left for anything else, let alone any task that isn’t completely mandatory or on a time deadline.
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So, what is that big thing? It might be a big task that you’re putting off. You might be totally aware that you’re procrastinating on it, or you might have no idea while you’re feeling so stuck right now.
In Eat That Frog!, Brian Tracy talks about tackling your biggest and worst task first so you free up your energy and stress to do more enjoyable things later. If you eat a live frog in the morning, Mark Twain says, you’re guaranteed that that will be the worst thing you do all day. So anything afterward just feels so much easier because you did the hardest task first.
I like to think of this “big thing” as the bottleneck preventing your motivation from pouring through the faucet.
Get still for a moment and pay attention to your thoughts without trying to control them. Just let your thoughts float by and passively observe them. What do you find comes up the most? What seems to be the biggest worry or stressor on your mind right now?
Ask yourself this,
Is this moment, what do you feel is the biggest bottleneck getting in your way, whether mentally, emotionally, or practically?
Chances are, that’s your “big thing” getting in the way of your motivation and if you can finally check that annoying or overwhelming task off your list or break it into smaller, more manageable pieces (or deal with whatever other big thing is taking up all your mental energy right now – forgiveness work can be good for emotional blocks), your motivation will start flowing again.
Good luck. 🙂