There are different types of demotivation that can affect your productivity and prevent you from reaching your goals. Whether it’s fear of success or fear of failure or any other possible reason, we can all become demotivated sometimes. If you’re always working hard to achieve all your goals and to fulfill all your dreams, then it’s essential to keep your motivation levels high. If you are motivated, you can create growth and change, you feel powerful, you can focus on what you have to do to achieve your objectives and you’ll find the courage to try new things. Thomas A. Edison once said that “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Here are a few very common types of demotivation that you need to overcome by identifying the real reasons for your unwillingness to commit to action:
Among the most common types of demotivation, I believe that fear is the number one thing that can prevent you from reaching your goals. Fear slows you down, it makes you hesitant and it also makes you doubt yourself and your abilities. Fear can really be a problem for you if you allow it to do so. If it’s big enough, your desire to stay safe might not let you take the risks you‘ll have to take in order to reach your goals. Work on controlling your fear, calm yourself down and be courageous. I know that it’s easier said than done, but with a bit of work and with a lot of patience, you will manage to keep your fear under control, so it won’t affect your productivity.
2. You’ve Set the Wrong Goals
Have you discovered what you want to do with your life? This is not an easy process and it may take quite a while. Maybe what you are doing now is not what you really want or what would make you happy, and that’s why you may not be so motivated to keep going in that direction. If you are absolutely sure that what you are doing now does not suit you, if you’ve evaluated that entire situation, if you are aware of all the facts and you assume all the consequences of your actions, then you should remove those toxic goals you’ve set and focus on what you think would make you happy instead.
3. Lack of Clarity about What You Want
Another very common type of demotivation could be your lack of clarity about what you really want. If your picture of the future is pretty vague, if you still don’t know what your dreams are or if what you are doing will help you reach your dreams, then you should take some time to think very carefully if what you are doing is really what you want. Clarify your goals and your means of reaching them, and this will help you feel more motivated, since you will feel more comfortable moving towards them.
4. Lack of Autonomy
Lack of autonomy can be another thing that can affect your motivation and prevent you from reaching your goals. Just try to consider how much autonomy you have in relation to the goals you are pursuing and notice if you feel controlled or restricted in any way. If your answer is yes, then you should do something to solve this situation if you are trying to increase your motivation.
5. Lack of Challenge
Do you often feel bored when you should be working to fulfill your goals? Lack of challenge is another very common factor that could demotivate you very easily, so try to understand why you often feel this way. Are there any other things you could do that could increase your motivation levels? Are your tasks too easy? Would you rather do something more difficult that will keep you interested? Just like Cath Duncan said, “Try tweaking your goals to make them a bit more challenging, take on projects that will require you to grow and find a new thing or two to learn to stimulate yourself.”
This thing happens especially to those people who work alone from home. There are plenty of days when you can feel demotivated, when you would rather go out and take a walk or have a drink with one of your friends than take care of your tasks. I know I feel this way sometimes. Well, we are all social creatures, we are always trying to connect with others and this might affect our motivation sometimes. The best thing you can do on those days is to just take a little break and spend some time with someone you like, someone you find inspiring, someone who will motivate you to get your job done and who will have a positive impact on your productivity.
7. You’re Demotivated by Burn-out
It’s quite understandable why you lack motivation if you’re always tired and if you barely have enough energy to satisfy your basic needs. If you realize that lately, you would rather snooze than do something you enjoy, then maybe it’s time to take a little break and slow down a bit. Don’t work yourself too hard, get enough sleep and take care of yourself! You won’t be able to feel motivated if you’re exhausted. You will see that once you’ll feel more rested and more refreshed, the quality of your work will improve and demotivation will not be a problem for you anymore.
Just listen to Norman Vincent Peale‘s advice and “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Have you ever felt demotivated? What did you do to overcome those feelings? Do you know any other common types of demotivation someone should overcome in order to be successful? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section!