We all struggle with motivation from time to time. The things that seemed so exciting when we were kids turn into “chores” and life can start to feel more like surviving than living. When it gets to that point, it feels hard enough to just get through the day, never mind really enjoying it. But, there are a few simple things you can do to rejuvenate your zest for life and maybe even create your own opportunities to really thrive.
1. Ask Yourself “Why?”
Most people can’t immediately answer when asked what motivates them. Many respond with “money,” but that isn’t really accurate because money is just a means to an end. You earn it because you want to do something with it.
So, try asking yourself “why?” when you make a decision, even a small one. You can learn a lot about what drives you by doing this, and use that information to create your own motivation toward healthy choices that make you happy.
2. Challenge your fears.
Are irrational fears keeping you from doing what you want? This is the case for a lot of people, and it is the number one killer of motivation. Challenge yourself to face your fears, one small step at a time. When you would avoid facing your fears, ask yourself how much control you want these things to have over your life.
Life is simply too short to go through it paralyzed by fear.
3. Go all in.
The people who tend to be the most motivated seem to completely throw themselves into whatever interests them. They live in a world of 0% or 100%.
When was the last time you pursued one singular interest intensively? Life should be sprinkled with days like that. If you can fit in even a few minutes a day in dedicated pursuit of your own interest, that would be great. If not, try to at least pencil in some free time for it once a week or month. Remember, it doesn’t have to involve anything extreme. Even just a few minutes of devotion to whatever you’re interested in qualifies.
4. Drop pointless obligations.
If you want the time and energy to pursue what does interest you, then say no to all the things that don’t interest you enough to pursue them at 100% capacity. Drop that pointless clutter from your life for good. There’s no point in looking back.
5. Take real breaks.
Give yourself regular resets by taking vacations. Vacations can be simple, too– a “vacation” to the bathtub may just do the trick. Completely disconnect from your old routine. Let your mind wander in different directions. Give yourself input that you aren’t used to. Adding unique experiences to your memories can give you a completely new viewpoint. Even just a weekend away from all the usual responsibilities can leave you feeling refreshed and brimming with new ideas. These new ideas can renew your interest in tasks or life in general so that you are more inclined to focus on them.