Staying energised, inspired and motivated is not always easy.
Life is full of distractions and sometimes we find ourselves slipping out of our good routines, losing focus and feeling unmotivated. When this happens for long enough we can find ourselves in a rut and find it difficult to get going again.
If you find yourself in this situation the following three elements are a good foundation to help you regain your focus and find your motivation again.
1. Physical Well-Being
If you find yourself tired and unmotivated, the first thing to look at is your physical well-being.
Make sure you…
- Get enough sleep
- Eat healthy foods that give you energy over the long-term
- Exercise regularly
- Rejuvenate yourself regularly
If you’re not doing all of these things – start! You don’t have to be perfect, but making an improvement in each area will have a compound effect on your physical energy.
The benefits of sleep and exercise on your energy levels and mood are clear, and finding a base level of both is a great thing to do. Sometimes you won’t get enough of either – that’s life – but getting back to your base level is a great strategy.
How much you need of each element and what you need to do specifically is down to you as an individual, but making it your mission to figure this stuff out will pay huge dividends over the long-term.
I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life figuring out my optimal training, nutrition, work and rest balance and what works for me over the long-term, and I’m still working on it – you can always do better!
2. Your Influence Group
Another place to look is your influence group.
The people that you surround yourself with and the environment that you put yourself in has a huge effect on your motivation.
Surrounding yourself with like-minded, goal-oriented people that motivated and inspire you can’t help but be a positive influence.
Positive people will bring you up, and are the kind of people that will help you if you get stuck, inspire you, and encourage you when the going gets tough.
Negative people, on the other hand, can bring you down, discourage you and make you believe that things aren’t possible – isn’t that for you to find out?
Spend more time with the positive people in your life, and you don’t have any, find some!
At the very least, read, watch and listen to people that you find motivating and inspiring.
3. Goal Setting
Another great thing to do is to set goals.
Setting goals for yourself and having plan to follow is vital for staying motivated. Your goals need to be meaningful and you need to create a plan, then take action.
Goals without a plan are just ideas, but creating a plan and moving through it creates momentum which produces its own motivation.
Consciously choosing our actions is important as most of the things we do are on autopilot. We think, feel and act habitually so if we don’t proactively set goals for ourselves and track our progress, it’s easy to get distracted from our goals and fall into our bad habits.
When we focus on improving our physical well-being, surround ourselves with the right people, set goals, create plans and take action, staying energised, inspired and motivated get a lot easier.
Try them, and watch things improve.