Do you have trouble staying motivated?

It happens to us all. One day we’re motivated and the next day we’re not. Staying motivated isn’t easy. If it were, everybody would do it. But it can be done.

You may have felt good about a certain job or project when it began. You were filled with enthusiasm and motivation. Then you hit a few speed bumps and unexpected failures and your motivation waned. You may have fallen into depression and decided to give up. All of those positive thoughts turned into negative ones.

We’ve all experienced these emotions that can cause us to give up prematurely. All that upsurge of energy when we started a new project inevitably ends as dreams become reality and we lose our confidence.

I’m guilty of this. I had a string of unfinished projects. I love the start of something new. At some point I lose my motivation as I lose focus, confidence, and direction. If you can learn to control these three emotions you can control your life.

Focus on what you really want. Be specific and positive. Don’t focus on your fears but what you can do to overcome them. Focus on the benefits you’ll achieve when you reach your desire.

Make a plan to your goal one step at a time. Focus on your plan to achieve your objectives and your goals. Be realistic with your goals. Goals that are unreachable can cause your motivation to dwindle. Small goals that are achieved lead to increased motivation. Don’t overwhelm yourself!

Boost your confidence by taking stock of what you already have and not what you lack. You’ll probably discover you’re more talented than you think. Don’t take your strengths for granted.

Without direction there is no motivation. You must create a day-to-day strategy. Make a to-do list and do it. Mark off each item once it’s accomplished. Don’t mark it off until it’s done.

Don’t waste time by worrying about the future. Start today by doing something to change your future for the better. Today’s actions can create tomorrow’s bright future.

Don’t be surprised or depressed about a loss of motivation. Look at it as an opportunity to step back and analyze what you’re doing wrong and right. Discover your faults and correct them. When you re-evaluate your plans and goals from a fresh perspective, you’ll feel a new surge of enthusiasm and motivation.

Can you relate to my former string of unfinished projects? What roadblocks get in your way? List them and see if these hindrances  are worth keeping. Do you confuse yourself by having too many interests? If so, this is definitely worth exploring.

I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

4 thoughts on “Do you have trouble staying motivated?”

  1. Jaime Brugman

    Can I ever relate to this? I have a list of “unfinished projects” at all times, and what starts out as excitement and enthusiasm always seem to end in guilt at not having finished the task at hand. I am great about follow-through on things for other people but not so great when it comes to my own personal projects.

    Do you think this is unique to HSPs, or more prevalent in HSP’s for some reason? Sometimes I think we are almost too aware of all of the possible roadblocks or negative outcomes of what we do and that is what keeps us from finishing things. As long as things are unfinished they can’t be “wrong”.

    Would be interested to hear people’s thoughts!

  2. I too end up with lots of unfinished personal projects. The fear of failure that you mention can sometimes play a role. I have been known to get 90% of the way done and then abandon the project at the last minute. I also have so many ideas and things that I want to do, and I am very quick to jump to my next big idea. This often means that whatever project I am working on gets set aside. Multitasking is a distraction for me. I really have to force myself to prioritize my projects and then focus on whatever tops the list. Although personal motivation can be a challenge for me, I use this awareness to ensure that I’m improving all the time.

    It is different in a job or when I do work for others. I do much better with that. Having deadlines and explicit accountability seem to make all the difference.

  3. Jaime Brugman

    Yes I never miss a deadline! And if someone is counting on me, it gets done.

    Maybe it’s like you say – HSP’s are known to be creative so possibly we have too many ideas fighting for our attention all the time!

    But it’s good to know I’m not alone in this 🙂

  4. My list of unfinished projects exists I think is due to the fact I have nobody to be part of the projects, sometimes it feels we HSP don’t see a lot of purpose for things unless they involve other parties to admire and “benefit” from our ideas. Sharing the journey with others, again, is something I also feel lacks for me. I have done more (WAY more) in my 5 years of marriage than in my whole life (22 years) previous to the marriage.

    If anyone has a way around this.

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