Motivation. What is it?
well, Motivation is an intense conscious desire to change or enhance something usually personal.
With that said, when was the last time you felt motivated to do something? What was the outcome?
If you’re anything like me then motivation is your daily language and action is the daily struggle. Sometimes twice a day if You’re in luck.
Do I ever act on all these motivations? No. Not really.
However, there comes a time when I get motivated to do something that can be life-changing. Acting on this motivation just does happen. It’s so easy for a lot of us to get motivated, and yet, not as easy to put the work and act upon that motivation to get results.
There are several factors that could be stopping you from turning that motivation into action to get results.
These are the 10 reasons that are mostly responsible for your motivation not getting any action
FEAR OF UNKNOWN/ RELUCTANT TO LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
As mentioned above, Motivation is an intense conscious desire to change or enhance something. example. Let’s focus on this example for a minute. Yearly, Millions of us women desire to lose weight.
The intentions are always, however, the overwhelming thought of stepping into a gym to workout, with what feels like thousands of people watching you cripples you and thus putting out the desire to lose weight. Instead, you comfort yourself by sitting in front of the TV watching your favourite program with a biscuit in hand.
Many people mean well when they get motivated to change something. Some of us get so engrossed in that change that we forget that everything else in our world doesn’t stop to give way to motivation. No. Life. Goes. On.
I’ll use the losing weight example in point 1. Say come January and your desire is to lose weight and you decide that you will join your local gym and workout every 5 days a week for an hour. You plan your exercise routine and have everything figured out.
The first day you manage to go to the gym and exercise, however, on day two you are late getting out of the offices and you’re so tired that you just want to go home and sleep. The following day, you realise it’s your friend’s birthday and you already said you would attend.
Come Thursday, you realise that your husband finishes work late and you don’t have a babysitter. By Saturday, you look back on your workout week and realise that you’ve only been once.
On Sunday you give yourself some grace as its only been the first week. You’ll start afresh on Monday.
You can see where I’m going with this.
When we have a desire to change, our methods of change should also consider any environmental factors that can affect our routine and be flexible enough to think of other ways to work around them.
So, in this situation, what you could work out at home, or you could be intentional on the food choice and portion while you’re not working out. You could go out for a walk instead. Realise that the gym IS NOT the only way to lose weight and it will be easier for you to act on your weight loss motivation.
COMMITMENT (OR LACK OF IT)
Commitment to anything I believe is the one thing that prompts action and gets results.
Without a commitment, the lack of results will be evident.
The best way to do this is to intentionally make a REALISTIC goal setting deadlines – obviously allowing for Environmental Factors. Don’t set goals that you know will be impossible achieve – for example going to the gym 7 days a week for two hours – fully well knowing you haven’t stepped in the gym for over 5 years!
It’s also good to set a schedule for OTHER important things that need to be done if not, you will find that you are constantly ‘borrowing’ your gym time to get something else done.
SUFFERING FROM SEVERE SHINY OBJECT SYNDROME
For those that don’t know, the ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’ is simply a syndrome that causes to run after anything shiny – not literally, but always following the ‘next – big thing’ the next big idea. The problem is, the idea is always so brilliant until a better one comes along and you ditch the last for the shinier one – because this new one promises better prospects than the last – and so on and so forth!
Many people suffer from this syndrome, however. The control and how they deal with is what differs from person to person.
Take me for example, I suffer from severe Shiny Object Syndrome. My starting point to dealing with it was accepting the recognising that I suffer from it.Recognition gave me to control as I know I live and do things Intentionally and carefully. I choose what I want to pursue.
It’s the same with motivation, I read a lot of motivating books about changing various aspects of my life. However, I purposely and intentionally do not try to change EVERYTHING AT ONCE!
THE ILLUSION THAT SWALLOWING INFORMATION WILL RESULT IN CHANGE
How Many times has this happened? When you’ve read an Inspiring book about Changing your financial situation or on how to start a jewellery business. You attend all the lectures, buy some more books while you are there, the burning desire and motivation are present without a doubt. With the fire burning in your belly you purchase more courses and more dads to listen to while you sleep!
Let me tell, you can buy all the courses in the world attended all the conferences available, without any action, your motivation, desires, and dreams will remain to be just that!
The change will only happen when you apply and put the information into action!
Believing alone is NOT action. Even the Bible emphasizes that Faith Without Action is Dead (James 2 vs 14-26 NKJV)
LACK OF VISION
This is a little like suffering from Shiny Object Syndrome in one package. Allow me to explain. Say you have a desire to Start a blog. You’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while. You have read up all you can on starting a blog. Set your goals and are truly committed to starting this Blog.
After much deliberation and preparing, you finally get around to setting up this blog. You then realise you have a passion for gardening so you will blog about that, but you’re a mother and love being a mother so you will blog about that too.
Oh, you love knitting and crocheting and knitting, maybe you could sell your products online, oxo and your eldest daughter want you to do some makeup tutorials seeing your makeup always looks on point!
Before you know, your blog has no clear purpose or vision. You end up getting so mixed and overwhelmed by wanting to be everything at once! – Stop it!
Because you have NO FOCUS, You confuse yourself. Have one Goal at a time. Work on that and then move on to the next. In this case, if you want to blog about parenting, blog about parenting. I’m not saying you cannot incorporate other topics on that blog, but have one vision and stick to it!
LACK OF PATIENCE
Change. Takes. Time. Many people are so inspired and motivated to change or start something, that they can’t wait for the results. Instead of being patient, they start taking shortcuts to try and achieve results in record time.
Even though this is somewhat acting on your motivation, it’s the WRONG KIND OF ACTION – and this will result in undesirable results or complete failure.
Instead, be steadfast in actions and be willing to be patient. A lot of good things take the time to produce results.
Being patient and REALISTIC right from the beginning, not only saves you a lot of heartaches, it also motivates you to work even harder to achieve those results no matter how long it takes.
It’s when you put motivation before results will you start to see results through motivation!
NOT KNOWING THE DRIVE TO YOUR MOTIVATION
Many of us find ourselves having desires to something and not knowing what’s driving that motivation. We’ve all been there. When we’ve just gone with the flow because our friends are doing it.
I remember when I was younger I was so inspired by a few of my friends wake up at midnight to pray. Every night. I didn’t really understand why I was having to wake up at Midnight to Pray, why not at 2 a.m. or at 7 pm, why 12? and what was I praying for anyway?
But I didn’t bother asking why. I just went with the flow and motivated myself to wake up at midnight to pray.
That lasted all of 2 nights!
What I should have done is found out my personal drive. Like what was impact praying at 12 midnight going to have to my personal faith? What results and changes was I working towards?
What if I missed one night, what impact would that have on my results? These kinds of questions would have painted a clearer picture of the Drive behind the motivation and I would have continued to wake up at midnight to pray because I would have a specify PURPOSE for that Action
LACK OF CONFIDENCE
In order to act upon your motivation and cultivate results, you must be confident in yourself and in what you are trying to achieve.
If you lack confidence in you in yourself, it’s very easy for someone to knock you down before you even lift off.
I’ll use the losing weight example, say you have all the motivation, an action plan for losing weight. You decide to share your weight loss journey with a friend you, without any thought says ‘oh you’ll never lose weight in winter Hun, with all the snow going on, how on earth are you going to get to the gym?’ – and just like, your desire, dream and motivation is crushed.
You second guess yourself and decide that it’s probably best to put it off until the weather starts getting warmer. Ans with that, it brings me to the last point which is:
PROCRASTINATION, PROCRASTINATION, PROCRASTINATION!
Procrastination is the art of delaying something that must be done often because of it unpleasant, boring or inconvenient.
You may have all the intention in the world to do something but then something else, usually less important but more fun, catches your eye and you put off your original action for a later ‘more convenient time.’
Unfortunately, Procrastination is the thief of time, and time once lost, is forever lost! Just get up and do it! NO ONE can act on your motivation other than you. Without any action, I can guarantee NO RESULTS.
Motivation should be like sitting on a pin; It should make you jump and do Something (Edited from E.L Simpson)
With the busy lives that we lead these days, it’s so hard to keep on top of what is important to us. It’s even more important trying to make changes without changing something in our life. We are bound by our routines and set in our thinking.
The thought of being motivated to do something is always appealing, however, our downfall is taking the time to act and get results!
What’s your biggest reason for not acting on your motivation? Do you find any of these points apply to you? If so, how do you plan to change that?
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