5 Crucial Ways to Cope with Lack of Self-Motivation

Are you self-motivated? Or do you feel like you have lost interest in a lot of stuff that you used to like doing? Maybe even your life itself? If yes, you need to work on your self-motivation.

You don’t want to get out of bed. You just want to lie down and not do anything at all. Yet, you have a lot of important things to do. It’s like you are just drifting through life. No one can be motivated on your behalf. It’s your life and you have to try getting out of the lack-of-motivation situation. You need to function. You can overcome your lack of motivation.

It’s normal to feel unmotivated once in a while due to individual reasons. However, a lack of motivation for a prolonged period (about 3 months or more) requires your attention. Seek the help of a mental health expert because it is a symptom of depression. If not dealt with, a lack of motivation in life can result in dire consequences.

You need some motivation to overcome your lack of motivation. You can’t get to the top while sitting on your bottom. Hence, read on to find out some tips for regaining your self-motivation. 

How to cope with a lack of motivation

Scheduling

Scheduling will help you to fix your attention on the future that you desire knowing that you have to work hard to get there. It will not come to you, you have to go for it.

Schedule Long-term goals.

What would you like the most in your life? Likely happiness. Now, form a life plan complete with goals and actions that you believe will help you to achieve the ultimate goal.

Schedule Short-term goals. 

Narrow down to daily activities that you need to do such as waking up, brushing your teeth, taking a bath, breakfast, lunch, supper, working out and so forth.

Write down the summary of your schedule and if possible put it somewhere where you can see it daily. It might be hard to do that at first if the lack of motivation has become ingrained in your life. However, it’s doable. Remember every little achievement of your short-term goals will help you to achieve the future goals that you desire.

Schedule and act according to your schedule even if you don’t feel like it. Once the habit of following through with your small plans kicks in, you will gradually start getting the motivation to do the bigger things. Keep your eyes on the ultimate achievement that you aspire to get.

Remember that you can’t get to the top while sitting on your bottom.

Reach out for support

Your life is your own and any change you make comes from within you. No one can force you to be motivated – even God does not force people. But, someone can push you and encourage you.

God, family, and friends.

Sometimes all you need is a push in the right direction from supportive family, friends or even strangers. Let someone you trust know that you are experiencing a lack of self-motivation. You might be surprised that they have probably gone through the same in the past.

Books. 

Also, you can google self-motivation quotes, buy a motivational book, watch a motivational video and get inspired by a new thing such as studying the Bible.

Professional help.

If you feel your personal efforts have failed, seek professional support from a mental health expert -psychologists or psychiatrists can help to ascertain whether your lack of motivation is a serious symptom of a mental disorder or just a temporary phase that will pass.

Seek support and accept it when given if it is aligned with your goals and values. When you have someone to be accountable to you are likely to be more motivated to do the important things that you need to do in your life.

Remember that you can’t get to the top while sitting on your bottom.

Go for vacation

Take a break and have time for yourself. You probably need a good rest from overwhelming life stresses in certain areas of your life.

Nature is usually a good motivator. Try watching nature, traveling to a new place and visiting natural sceneries. You can learn a lot from traveling to other parts of the world and realizing the opportunities that you have.

During the rest period do things that you love. Find a leisure activity to engage in. Meanwhile, reanalyze what you are doing with your life against what you really want. And if you are capable of moving to a new place, it could help you to be more motivated.

Remember that you can’t get to the top while sitting on your bottom.

Analyze yourself

It’s critical to know yourself. Who are you? What kind of person are you? What motivates you? What has motivated you in the past? What do you want to achieve in life?

This Self-Awareness Worksheet can help you to jumpstart the process.

You may lack motivation because you are doing something that does not interest you.  Get to know yourself better to gain insight on your deep-seated interests. Your psychotherapist can help you with this. Pursuing your interests can naturally make you get more motivated.

For example, you are stuck in a job you hate. The prospects of quitting the job might seem like a bad decision because you depend on it. You can be creative and make your job interesting by coming up with new ideas at the workplace. Alternatively, you can start a side project or business to keep you motivated with life after work.

It’s a matter of what you consider to be important to you. Hence, you may need to re-arrange your priorities in life to regain self-motivation.

Get more tips on self-awareness to help you on your journey to self-discovery here.

Remember that you can’t get to the top while sitting on your bottom.

Engage in physical activity

When your body is sick at times doctors recommend physiotherapy and exercise to regain your physical strength. The same can also help you to regain your mental strength. Thus, physical activity boosts your self-motivation.

If you are so tired to go out start with simple indoor exercises or other activities such as cooking or cleaning or making love with your spouse.  Do something physical. Even walking out to do some shopping or just strolling a bit. Or sign up at the gym, dance class, sports club or another physical activity that interests you. Once you have paid to get something, you might be motivated to do it so that you can get value for your money.

Even these simple actions require some level of motivation. It’s likely that saying that you have lost interest in everything is an overstatement because there is always something that you are motivated to do despite feeling down.

Remember that you can’t get to the top while sitting on your bottom.

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Decide to step into a new critical path by acting according to your plans. You need the self-discipline to keep the promises that you make to yourself. This means that even when the energy to do something has evaporated into thin air, go ahead and do it because you know what you intend to achieve.

You have the power to lead your life in the direction you want. You are the one with the choice to rekindle your motivation. No one can be motivated for your sake. Be like the athlete who stays motivated no matter how tough the training is because she has fixed her eyes on the prize.

Based on the above tips what can you do to boost your self-motivation? Think about that while considering your personal circumstances and abilities.

Life is for living. Keep living. Don’t give up.

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