Motivation is derived from the word ’motive’ which means needs, desires, wants or drives within individuals. But motivation can be a tricky thing. We all need it in order to accomplish our goals, career and otherwise. But it can come and go throughout the day, even the hour. It is critical to pinpoint exactly what or even who is hampering your motivation in order to stop it from happening.
Motivation is contagious. It is imperative to surround yourself with positive individuals. While upbeat people will spark and encourage your motivation, negative people will drain it, quickly. Obviously we all have to deal with negative people throughout the day. Simply limit your interactions with such people as much as possible.
Imagine if all the influence you had was positive and everyone was encouraging, how would you feel? You’d feel amazing, and be ready for anything that comes your way. Negative news on the other hand is going to slowly bring you down, eventually draining your energy and leaving you unmotivated. Now more than any other time in the world, the news is rife with negativity. Set limits for yourself regarding your news consumption. If you can’t stay away from news all together, integrate an upbeat news channel to your daily playlist to avoid getting pulled into the negativity.
Fear of Failure
Most of us look at failure in one way — that our effort means nothing and that we failed at what we did. This is a misconception. Failure is a tool for learning. If you allow the fear of failure to get to you, your motivation to continue working hard will be squashed. View your failures as opportunities to grow, and your motivation will stay strong.
Thinking about the Past and the Future
Addicted to Success reminds us that the past and its people should stay there. Don’t let time you’ve lived already lived through get you down. Stop thinking about it. Conversely, thinking forward to the future can be a huge motivation killer. Some of us tend to think too much and over analyze everything. This produces anxiety, ultimately killing your motivation.
In order to achieve a small objective or a lofty dream, you need motivation. Motivation is the most important ingredient in the recipe to success so do not let negative people, news or thoughts derail it!