10 Most Common Motivation Challenges & Easy Solutions
Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10:31AM
Linda Samuels in Getting Motivated, Motivation, distractions, focus, goals, gratitude, overwhelm, perfectionism, productivity, sleep, stuck, success

Motivation is a hot topic. We think a lot about what motivates us to take action and move towards our goals. We also spend a lot of time struggling with the things that de-motivate and prevent us from going forward. What gets in the way of your motivation? By taking a look from the “challenges” perspective, we can identify and remove those obstacles. As you read, make a note of the challenges that resonate with you. Are there additional motivation challenges that you’ve experienced? What helps? I’d love to learn about you. Please add to the conversation.


10 Common Motivation Challenges & Easy Solutions

1. Abundant Choices

When the options are too plentiful, it can overwhelm us to inaction. The thought of moving ahead becomes exhausting.

Tip: Narrow your choices to just two or three options. Pretend you have blinders on and ignore the external input. If you’re still stuck, ask a friend to be a sounding board.


2. Fear of Failure

Perfectionism or being afraid of incorrecty doing something can stop us from moving forward.

Tip: Being perfect isn’t possible. Striving to be our best is. Failing is an essential part of the journey. We learn by trial and error. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Test out this alternate perspective.


3. Fear of Success

Low self-esteem can compromise your view of success. You might doubt that success is possible and lack the motivation to attain it.

Tip: Look to the past. Acknowledge your small and large successes. Look at the present. Be aware of your current accomplishments. Practice noticing and appreciating your wins. Build from the past and present to reduce your fear and boost your confidence.


4. Lack of Clarity

When we don’t know which step is next or why we’re doing what we’re doing, we can quickly become de-motivated.

Tip: Take a step back. Set aside time to revisit your projects, goals and values. Perhaps there has been a shift in the parameters and it’s time to make adjustments.


5. Exhaustion

Sleep is essential for the optimal mind and body functioning. When we’re exhausted, it’s difficult to remain motivated.

Tip: Review your current sleep patterns and needs. If lack of sleep is contributing to your lack of motivation, make the necessary adjustments. Experiment with how much sleep you need to feel rested, alert and ready for the day.


6. Comparison

Focusing on how we do or don’t measure up compared to our colleagues, family, friends, neighbors or whoever only promotes unproductive thinking. This is a sure-fire formula for de-motivating ourselves. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It also can be the thief of motivation.

Tip: Forget about the “grass is greener” concept. It never is. Instead, practice gratitude. Focus on your gifts, successes, dreams, and desires. Build a life that is uniquely yours.


7. Excuses

We all make them. They are the negative messages we repeatedly tell ourselves, which prevent us from doing. We say things like, “I’d like to do ‘x,’ but I’m too tired or busy or not smart enough or…”

Tip: Set the internal alert. Become aware of the excuses that are not useful, real, or true. Begin challenging them when they appear. Reframe the dialogue to the positive.


8. Drudgery

Routines can be useful, but they can also become so tedious that we lack the motivation to maintain them. 

Tip: If you are feeling bored, find ways to add the fun factor back into the equation. Playing upbeat music, introducing pleasing colors, or bringing enervating scents into your environment could make a difference to your patterns? How about a change in the pace or sequence of the routine? Experiment with altering one element and see how that influences your motivation.


9. Patience

We expect so much of ourselves and want instant results. When things aren’t happening as fast as we think they should be, it can de-motivate us to continue.

Tip: Striving to achieve, become, and do takes time. Extend yourself the gift of patience. 


10. Distractions

When your attention is pulled in too many directions, we can lose focus and motivation for working on what’s most important.

Tip: Pay attention to the “distraction-makers.” Are you being interrupted by people, sounds, emails, and phone calls? How can you minimize the distractions during certain times of your day? Recently, I turned off all the dings and alerts on my electronic devices. The positive effects on my focus, productivity, and motivation have been noticeable.


We’re human. We experience times when our motivation wanes. That’s normal. Understanding which is your motivation challenge and implementing some of the suggested strategies will help get you back on track. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation. What de-motivates you? What gets you unstuck? 





Article originally appeared on The Other Side of Organized by Linda Samuels (http://theothersideoforganized.com/).
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