Getting stuff done when you have no desire to is not easy, even something as simple as paying the bills can feel like a chore. There are a few things you can do to overcome this lack of motivation.
Dealing with overwhelm
A common cause of de-motivation is overwhelm. This usually occurs when you have a task that feels so large the thought of starting it stops you or when you look at how many little tasks there are to do to complete your goal you don’t know where to begin so you just don’t start it.
One of the best ways to combat this is to chunk everything down. By this I mean stop looking at the bigger picture. If you want to build a wall don’t look at the size of the wall you’re trying to build, don’t even think about the wall, think about the brick, focus all of your attention into placing that brick in just the right position to enable you to move onto the next brink. Focus on the brick and the wall will take care of itself.
If you feel overwhelmed by any task and the overwhelm is so strong that it de-motivates you, you have not chunked it down far enough, you are still thinking about the wall, you may only be thinking about half of the wall but that is still too much.
Pain and pleasure
Another excellent way to motivate yourself is to analyse the level of pain and pleasure you’re presented with in the task you need motivation for. For many people, pain is the best short-term motivator, most people would do more to protect $100,000 that they have rather than acquire $100,000 dollars that they don’t have.
After a while the pain becomes easier to tolerate, Pain doesn’t make a good long-term motivator but pleasure does. If you need motivation over long periods set up milestones and reward yourself along the way, everything in life is a journey, it has a beginning a middle and an end, some things take longer than others and should be chunked down with rewards along the way.
If you’ve spent any length of time reading about personal development, you’re probably sick of hearing about goal setting so consider this for a moment. If you come across it so often from so many different sources, it must be important. Don’t ignore the power of goals.
All of the will in the world will not be enough to complete the large projects if you have impotent goals. They are the driving force behind everything we do. You may be thinking how can I create an inspiring goal around housework or some other routine activity.
The goal of housework is not simply to do the housework, is it? There is a purpose behind it, it maybe you hate the mess, you’re ashamed when people come to visit and they see it in a terrible state, you like Feng Shui and a messy house ruins this. Whatever it is, you need an ultimate purpose behind the result you’re trying to achieve. Something powerful enough to inspire you.
Take some time to really think about the reasons behind doing what you want to do and amplify them. If you’re ashamed when people visit and see the mess, the ultimate purpose could be to never see the look on friends faces when they enter your messy house again and not only that but to see their impressed faces when they see how clean it is. The more reasons both positive and negative you can stack onto why you must do this the better.
In this short post, I’ve covered three motivational strategies. The first is dealing with overwhelm, overwhelm can be a crippling experience and it’s vitally important to take control of it before you even attempt to get the job done. Overwhelm usually leads to not giving the task 100% and in turn leads to poor results, deal with it as soon as possible.
The main driver behind everything you do is pain and pleasure. The worst place to be is somewhere in the middle of these where you don’t have enough pain or pleasure to motivate yourself to action, it’s better known as complacency.
Increase the level of pain you associate to not doing something and increase your level of pleasure to doing it and you have the recipe for success. Just making this one distinction and acting on it has the power to change your whole life.
Last but not least you need a goal that will inspire you. Even the mundane can be turned into something inspirational given enough thought. Find a strong enough why, an ultimate purpose and you’ll be unstoppable.