People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.
It’s normal to have a rough day every once in awhile. However, when a leader is stuck in a motivation rut, the entire organization is affected. Decreased productivity and low morale can result if no action is taken to correct this very important mental skill.
Common signs of motivation struggles include:
- Lack of focus and listless
- Boredom and fatigue
- No or low energy
- Lost excitement or work is no longer as fun or fulfilling
- Decreased productivity or efficiency due to carelessness or negligence
Why is this happening?
There are a number of reasons why you may experience motivation droughts. It could be as simple a lack of quality sleep or a sign of larger and more substantial shifts and changes. Here are some reasons I have seen clients struggle with motivation:
- The short-term excitement has faded away and now work just feels like work.
- It’s time for change, but unsure of which direction to go, or fear of getting out of one’s comfort zone.
- This isn’t what you want to or should be doing (and, possibly, a good time to consider delegating certain tasks).
How to get out of a motivational slump?
- If it’s something related to self-care (e.g., not getting enough sleep or exercise, poor diet), address these behaviors and make sure you are taking care of yourself. You require premium fuel and make sure you’re not trying to get by on regular.
- It is likely that your emotions are trying to tell you something important. However, sometimes we don’t want to listen to them and try to push them down or sweep them under the rug. Instead, try being starkly honest with yourself. We can only have one thought and one feeling at a time. So this is how we feel right now. Thoughts and feelings are not predictive or actual facts. Yes, a thought can just be a thought. A feeling can just be a feeling. You can move forward by simply acknowledging your experience.
- Take time to reflect, identify your personal values, goals, and passions. Getting back in touch with your personal calling and purpose goes hand in hand with motivation.
Nicole Pacheco, President/Owner of Professional Edge, specializes in helping the leaders perform at their highest level possible today, tomorrow, and well into the future. For more about Professional Edge and our innovative, brain-based coaching approach, visit www.professionaledge.co.