What To Do When You Lack Motivation
Motivation is such an odd thing. I think we (society) put motivation on this pedestal that allows us to do the incredible things we always thought we could get done. The ability to do morning workouts, finishing our assignments on time and excellently, study for our exam or asking your crush out. It seems we could maybe hype ourselves up with a little pep talk but the moment you need it most… It’s nowhere to be found.
Society’s Myth on Motivation
After many hours of commuting, my mind has spent a lot of time by itself lol. It’s possible that this is too much introspection but I think what I’ve noticed is that motivation is fleeting. When we’re stuck in not being able to do a task we always say we’ll wait till we’re more motivated. But I think doing a task while you’re motivated is easy. I think it’s the after part. It’s how to continue when you’re burnt out. When’s it’s the fourth quarter tf you gonna do? As my experiences have shown me I can’t just will motivation out of thin air.
I think that we (the general public but mostly me) have it wrong. I think that all the movies I’ve watched, books I’ve read and stories I’ve heard just over glorifies last minute victories by simply motivating yourself to be better. But it doesn’t work like that. I think that thing that we’re looking for at that moment is something called discipline.
You Need Discipline
LMFAO I know what you’re thinking. Yang you’re a wasteman. But real shit. I think that we’re mistaking this magical thing we call motivation for grunt-work, grueling, annoying discipline. Think about it: when you were a yute how did you get out of bed, eat breakfast, get to class, learn, go home, do homework but still somehow find time to play and then do it all over again every day for the rest of your academic life. If you went to postsecondary why and how did you abide by all of the systems they set up? … Because you’ve been disciplined to.
I’m not the fondest of the school system, but when I think about what I’ve learned and what I’ve implemented in my life I think this is the main factor. DISCIPLINE. When you’re attempting to build a habit, get better work done, lol even get to work. And you’re just deadbeat and you’re looking for that magical solution motivation. How the heck do you do it? You can’t will motivation out of thin air but when you realize that you have to discipline yourself to get things done I think that slight thought perspective change can influence you significantly.
Setup Guidelines & Rules
I mean you know yourself the best so it may or may not work for you. But from my personal experience, I feel like certain habits and traits are only developed through disciplining yourself and setting up strict (I don’t know if that’s the right word) guidelines for yourself so you have something to abide by.
I wrote a post earlier about taking baby steps to avoid burnout, and this is essentially touching the same lines. If you want to develop a habit or get something done, you have to take action. Little or large, any step forward is still a step forward. I guess more than a how to this is just a rant to tell you to stop looking for motivation and just take action. Discipline yourself to take baby steps every day and eventually you will have developed a habit of success and those little things that you use to dread you won’t even think twice about.
It’s worked to an extent for me and theoretically seems plausible for everyone. So get out and go do it. (Let me know how it goes or if you need help)
Let me know if any of this makes sense or what your ideas are on motivation! Other than that, catch you in the next one 🙂
Stop looking for motivation and discipline yourself to take baby steps forward