Everyone has struggled with a lack of motivation at one time or another. We all know the feeling. There's something you know you should do, but you just can't seem to get moving on it. Even when the task at hand is something you know needs to be done sooner or later, it can still be difficult to get yourself going.
When you find yourself in that situation, there's one word can make all the difference: why. Taking a step back and reminding yourself why you made the commitment to do something in the first place can have a huge impact on your outlook and motivation.
Why do you want what you want?
We all want different things. Why do you want whatever it is that you want? Why do you want to change jobs? Why do you want to start eating more healthfully? Why do you want to manage your time more effectively?
Take the time to really think about the reasons why you wish to pursue a particular goal or path. Do you think it will make you happier? Provide you with a better quality of life? Improve your relationships? Improve your own self-esteem and sense of well-being?
Tuning in to the bigger picture
Getting in touch with the underlying "why" won't necessarily make things easy. There's a lot of truth to the adage that anything worthwhile requires hard work and a concerted effort. However, reminding yourself of the reason why you want something helps you look past the immediate discomfort, and helps you stay in tune with the bigger picture. This, in turn, makes it easier to remain disciplined and motivated, since you're clear on what's driving you.
So the next time you find yourself struggling to stay motivated, reflect on the "why" behind your actions and let that compel you to push forward.
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