5 Steps To Go From Unmotivated To Inspired AF – Remotivate Yourself!
Everyone has days where they struggle to muster up the motivation to be productive or go to the gym or smash out some work. I’ve been having those days a lot recently, so I have come up with 5 steps to get you out of your rut and remotivate yourself.
First off though, I want you to know that it’s completely normal to go through periods of feeling unmotivated. It may feel as though you’re giving up on your goals. Or like maybe you’ll never be able to achieve them. You need to remember that not being motivated doesn’t equal failure. When you’re trying to reach goals, no matter what type of goals they are, you’re not constantly going to feel as excited about them as you are when you start. But that’s okay! The real winners are the ones who can push through the tough times and achieve their goals regardless of how they’re feeling.
Give yourself some leverage
Sometimes when you’re feeling unmotivated or uninspired, it can be because you’re burnt out, stressed or overworked. While it may sound counter-productive, giving yourself some time off can actually dramatically help. It doesn’t have to be taking a whole day off although if that’s what it will take, that’s okay.
It can as simple as taking your morning off for yourself. Sleeping in an extra hour. Stopping what you’re trying to do and taking a walk in the sunshine. Life can get really crazy, and with the number of goals all of us have, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The best way to remotivate yourself can be to take a step back. Do something for YOU that will make YOU feel good.
Stop over thinking it
A lot of the times we feel unmotivated because we are over thinking what we need to do or stressing about it. This is another really easy thing to do. Most of us have a full schedule, and we have other people to think about or look after. The actions we need to take to reach our goals seem to be extra hard most days. It is a lot to deal with, but it becomes twice as big when we overthink everything.
The best thing to do in this situation is to stop thinking altogether. Stop thinking about every little thing you need to do to reach your goals and how hard the workouts are and what you’re allowed to have on your diet. Just sit down, make a start on whatever your goal is and don’t put any pressure on yourself.
Just making a start on something can be enough to remotivate yourself. You don’t need to be doing anything big right away and you certainly won’t see any changes from just starting. But simply just making a start will take the pressure off. Depending on which goal you’re working towards, you will get into the flow of things pretty quickly again. Just take it day by day.
Break out that old playlist
You’re not always going to wake up with a great mood and high level of motivation. Sometimes you need to create it. I find that putting on some music and just spending a few song lengths dancing in your kitchen or in your car on the way to the gym will get you motivated pretty quickly.
This playlist always does a great job of motivating me to smash out my workout.
Remind yourself of your “Why”
What are your goals? Exactly what are you working towards? What does reaching your goals mean to you?
Often if you’re not clear on your “Why”, you’re not going to feel very motivated. By “Why” I mean your reason for doing what you’re doing. Your reason for wanting to achieve your goals. Sometimes we get so caught up in focusing on the end result or perhaps even how long it will take to get there. We end up forgetting about why we want to achieve these goals in the first place. All we need is a reminder of our strong reasons for doing what we’re doing to get us going.
“I want to lose weight” Or; “I need to save money”, aren’t really strong reasons for doing something. Goals like these are great to start off with, but you really need to dig a little deeper and figure out exactly why you want to reach these goals. Once you have a strong reason or purpose behind every action you take, motivation isn’t even relevant anymore. Find your strong reason, your “Why”, and focus on that every single day.
Don’t look too far ahead
Focus only on the very next step. While you need to have your goals in mind, focusing too much on the end result, especially when you’re only at the beginning, will leave you feeling unmotivated. It’s important to know where you’re going and what you want to achieve, but that alone can’t be your only focus.
I’ve found that it’s best to break your goals down and focus only on the very next step. Only on the task you’re doing right at the moment. I break my goals down. I focus on doing the very best I can with the day I have and I forget about the past or the future. For example, in the gym, I go in with the intention to work the hardest I can work in that single session. It may result in me working harder than yesterday. Or, I might be tired and not work as hard. But the bottom line is that as long as I know in my mind that I am giving that single session my very best, nothing else matters. I am happy! You need to apply the same to your goals.
Let’s look at it a little differently. I doubt you’re into building walls in your spare time but that is essentially what you’re doing. When you build a wall, you wouldn’t get hung up on what exactly it’s going to look like or how long it’s going to take before you even lay the first brick. You focus on laying down one brick at a time and eventually you’ll have a wall. Just like building a wall, focus on completing one step at a time and eventually, you’ll have completed what you need to do.
If you have any more tips you use to remotivate yourself, leave them in the comments section! If you need more workout ideas or motivational tips, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I post daily!