You know how some days you feel like you could take on the world? You are inspired and motivated and can’t wait to get to work. Having no doubt about your eventual success, you remind yourself that it’s just a matter of time.
When motivation wans
Then there are the other days when even attempting to work on your goals seems completely pointless because success is something that only happens to other people. You’ve been working too hard and too long on this thing and it’s obviously just a waste of time. How could you have ever thought you could make a success of it?
Positive leads to positive, negative leads to negative
Although some days you truly do feel extremely motivated and other days you actually do feel distinctly unmotivated, most days fall somewhere in the middle. The thing that influences how motivated you will be is how motivated you were the day before. And that will depend on the day before that. Once you get into a groove it’s easy to keep going. As you see progress on your initiatives you are motivated to see more progress and you intensify your efforts.
The opposite is also true. A day of no progress is de-motivating, which leads to another day of no progress, which leads to a distinct lack of motivation.
If your motivation isn’t coming from the inside, find it on the outside
Whether you feel motivated or not you need to work on your goals everyday. Otherwise you run the chance of getting so stuck you will never get unstuck.
If your negative attitude is the stopping block that’s keeping you from getting back on track you need to find ways to re-inspire yourself. That might mean watching inspiring videos from people you admire. Or people who have succeeded in your field. Maybe it means looking at pictures of your goal in its completed stage. Perhaps you could write a letter to yourself reminding you of why you decided to pursue this thing in the first place.
Give your motivation a fighting chance. Accomplish a little every day.