Let’s face it, the hard part about staying motivated isn’t when you’re up, but when you’re down and out.
It’s during periods of serious trials and tribulations that we often find it most difficult staying motivated.
This may be a bit of an irony; because one would think that we are supposed to be fired up the most when we are down and out, when we proverbially, have nothing else to lose.
But motivation seems to be attracted more toward success than toward failure. So we feel motivated mostly when we are succeeding, and tend to lose hope and fall into misery and disillusion when we are failing. This could be one of the reasons why the poor get poorer, while the rich get richer.
So, how do you turn the tide to stay motivated, even when your fortunes are spiraling downwards?
There are many ways to deal with life challenges and stay highly motivated. There is, however, no one perfect answer for everyone. You have to find out what works for you.
Face Your Fear: The first step is to understand what’s causing your fears and your challenges. The causes may be easily visible or not so visible. Yes, they may be actual, or perhaps, even imagined. But once you’ve determined what your fears are, ask yourself what is the worst-case scenario.
If all of your obstacles and fears become reality what is the worst thing that could happen. When all is said and done, these events would probably not be the end of your life or even your lifestyle as you know it.
So if that’s the case, why are you feeling so down casted? Lift your spirit, believe in your goals, dust yourself up and keep going. Analyze what you are striving for and what you will gain by achieving these goals. If you do not believe in what you’re doing then you’re on the wrong track and you should return to square one for reassessment.
Take action quickly. Visualize yourself overcoming these obstacles and your triumph over them. Do not put off positive action no matter how small and seemingly insignificant.
The smallest success that stems from your action instills faith and belief in yourself and your ability to succeed. Obstacles come in many sizes and shapes, and we must decide how we can handle them. If the magnitude of the challenges is too large for you to manage emotionally, break it down into smaller tasks.
Stay upbeat and confident and see the size of the problem diminish. It’s the old rule of mind over matter, or obstacles if you will. Refuse to let negative thoughts rule your mind. Do not focus your thoughts on your problem … it will only make you feel even more depressed. Focus your thoughts on what you want achieve. While that might sometimes be appear like empty day-dreaming, the good feeling that comes out of that thought will help to lift your motivation.
Stay inspired. You can do this by reading inspirational books, or watching motivational video or audio courses. Your environment should consist of inspirational people and things. Positive and inspirational surroundings generate positive energy.
Obstacles are inevitable but how we deal with them is not. We can always choose to surmount and be happy or we can be miserable.
Don’t dwell on self-doubt. Are your fears realities or something you fear might happen if you fail to take proper action? Your confidence will rise when you tackle the challenge.
One of the great motivators of our time and former Prime Minister of Great Britain, the late Margaret Thatcher once said: “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; It’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”