Feeling unmotivated? Read this

Why hello 2018. You are sneaking past in a blink of an eye. I know we say it every year, but wow… where have you gone?

If you are anything like me, you probably have a long, long list of all the things that you want to achieve this year. But then life gets in the way. When you feel like you are going a million miles an hour it’s easy to just focus on getting through the day.

Then there’s the challenge of motivation…

Action isn’t just the effect of motivation; it’s also the cause of it.

In the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k, Mark Manson talks about the challenges of motivation.

The problem with motivation is that it can be pretty hard to find. As Manson says, if you want to accomplish something but don’t feel motivated or inspired, then you assume you’re just screwed… and there’s nothing you can do about it.

We assume that motivation occurs in some sort of chain reaction, where first we feel emotionally inspired, then motivated and then take action.

Anyone who has achieved big goals will tell you this is a lie. Waiting for motivation, or inspiration, is actually the worst thing we can do.

The truth is that motivation is more of an endless loop: inspiration -> motivation -> action -> inspiration -> motivation -> action ... and so it goes. 

So how do you get the loop in motion?

Do something.

Start somewhere.

Lately I’ve been reminding myself about the old saying about eating the elephant.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Take a small step and watch the inspiration slowly start to trickle in. If it doesn’t come straight away, keep going. Because one day soon you will look back and see how far you have come.

And that, my friend, is motivation.