How I Reignited My Motivation.
Before we get into this I just want to start by saying these methods are what worked for me personally. My aim with this short article is for me to hopefully help people with their mental health and any issues with overcoming that lack of motivation.
Hopefully this serves as a reference point for you to read whenever you feel like you don’t know how to overcome these issues in the future again, because sometimes it can creep back up on you if you don’t keep on top of it.
I have titled all the methods so you can skip to the methods that you think will work for you, and you can read deep into them in more depth.
This is by far the MOST IMPORTANT Method in any situation. This method not only worked best for me, but it is one of the most popular methods for millions of other people around the world. Its science.
When working out your body releases endorphins and serotonin that help improve your mood. I’m not going to pretend I know all the science behind it, if you want to know more about it I would advice looking into this article: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/exercise-and-mental-health
When working out you’re not only exercising your muscles, you’re exercising your mental health.
Working out has helped me get better organise, for example if i’m working a 12 hour shift I will have to plan the time frame during the day that I will workout. I choose to pre-plan my workouts which also helps my organisation and stops me from overthinking what to do during my workout, it makes for a more simple workout with no complications.
I truly believe that working out at least 4 times a week will benefit you massively, physically and mentally. You would begin to see the benefits to your mental health almost instantly as your mind becomes more satisfied. The improvement in your physicality will also give you a sense of accomplishment which is always good for you.
Podcast, speeches and music
This is another method that has worked great for me whenever I’m feeling the motivation creep away from me. Listening to people talk about their own personal battles with mental health helps me understand how to implement their advice into my own life.
Dwayne Johnsons speeches always light I fire inside me that just makes me want to go to the gym and workout for 2 hours. Spotify has a great catalogue for podcasts and short speeches if you just type in ‘motivation‘ you will be greeted with enough results to keep you going for a long time. And they’re constantly updating their catalogue every day.
A lot of these podcasts are very educational and provide brilliant methods on how to best use your motivation. All they’re advice is different which is also great.
One thing they all follow is that you must give yourself a purpose in life if you’re going to keep your mind happy. Find something you truly enjoy and strive for it and don’t let anybody tell you that you can‘t do it.
I‘m not telling you to go and quit you job and go for your dream, because in modern society you won‘t last more than a month without a basic income. But use your spare time wisely, unlike money, we don’t have a constant income of it. Just the amount that was given and its constantly decreasing.
If you’re truly aiming for something that you’re passionate about the motivation will just begin to fuel itself like a rechargeable battery as long as you keep yourself healthy with plenty of sleep of course.
Listening to music is something I do every day. I like to start my day with music, it lifts my mood up instantly and wakes me up. If I start feeling tired at work or find myself watching the clock tick around I’ll put my earphones in and regain my focus.
If you’re overthinking things, put some of your favourite music on and you’ll be surprised how much it helps you reconfigure your mind and think things through more clearly. Write down whats flying through your mind if it’s important and revisit it when you’ve calmed yourself down with some good old music.
60’s,70’s and 80’s music is great for lifting your mood and might even get you dancing around the house without even realising your doing it. No wonder everyone seemed happier back then.
Hopefully at least one of these 3 options will help you clear your mind and focus on what you want to do.
Don’t care about what people think.
Now, when I say don’t care about what people think, I don’t mean you shouldn’t listen to peoples advice and constructive criticism. I mean if you find something you enjoy and something that fuels your motivation don’t let people say you can‘t do it and defiantly don’t let people make fun of you for finding something you enjoy. Life is too short to let people dictate what you should do.
Spending time with family and friends is just as important as grinding, but don’t let it get in the way of your goals. Cut people out who are dragging you down, it may not seem like the best thing to do at first but trust me, it will benefit you in the future when your grind starts to pay off.
Obviously if you’re dealing with anxiety doing this will be a lot harder to do, but if you take the approach of ‘mind over matter‘ you will eventually begin to find easier each day. Practice makes perfect. Some days will be harder than others but you need to use these days as lessons and fuel for tomorrow.
Once you find what works for you, and who is best for you, things will start to fall into place as long as you keep the grind going. If you’ve chosen the right people for your life they will continue to push you and help you grow. Make sure you spend time with your friends, but also make sure you aren’t putting important projects to the side just for another weekend full of alcohol and football acas.
Read ‘The Chimp Paradox’
My final point to end this article is to read a book that changed my life for the better and gave me a great understanding of my own mind.
This book is designed to help you with mind management. It helps with confidence, success and happiness. Three very important factors in life that everyone should make sure to take care of.
I will leave a link to the book so you can purchase it for yourself.