Have you lost your mojo, your “passion” for what you do, or just your desire to move forward in your business? We all lose our focus from time to time, even on important things. Motivation is the same way. Because of your busy life or other factors, your burning desire to reach a certain goal or achieve a desired result can slip away. Be aware of the following 5 reasons that may cause you to lose your motivation on the way to success.
1 – You experienced a drastic lifestyle change.
Stress, health problems, the birth of a new baby — these are all major lifestyle events. Even a big new client or project can change how you live your life from day to day. No matter how dedicated and motivated you are, life sometimes gets in the way of you achieving your dreams and desires. To be successful at any major achievement, you’re going to have to negotiate speed bumps along the way. This includes any major lifestyle changes you may experience.
When I experience a major loss of income, it really affected my ability to continue doing the work I still had. I even lost hope in my ability to make a go of things at all. So, after a little pity party, I changed my game plan. I made my new lifestyle work for me, rather than against me.
2 – You are not seeing results fast enough.
Some people get so fired up and motivated that they expect to see results immediately. However, some endeavors require time before significant improvement is realized. One way to keep from losing motivation, if you don’t believe you are seeing results quickly enough, is to break down your major goal into smaller chunks. When you see small victories occurring, it gives you the motivation to keep moving towards your major goal.
When I first started my own business, I wend through many, many “visions” of what my business was going to be. I did this in part because I didn’t see results fast enough. However, what would have happened if I had stuck it out a little longer? Would I have found that I was only a few inches from gold? I’ll never know, but now I do my best to make realistic goals and stick to them. And, I’ve found that my motivation is a lot more stable.
3 – You have lost focus.
Focus is required for any major achievement. Focus is also a huge part of motivation. When you are laser focused on a desired result, nothing stands in your way. Unfortunately, many things can make you lose focus. Try to identify focus-roadblocks before they appear and you can always keep on track, and in the intended direction.
Having ADD, I suffer from this one a lot. And, on occasion, it still gets in my way. But knowing my personal patterns, I’m better able to handle them and even anticipate them in advance.
4 – Your original motivation came from an outside source, not from yourself.
Self-motivation is always found in any great achievement. If your motivation is provided by someone other than yourself, it is easy to find yourself putting your goal achievement on the back burner. Find some way to provide your own motivation for whatever it is you’re trying to do. This usually means discovering the “Big Why” that is at the heart of your efforts.
One way to avoid this problem is to not take on new projects if you aren’t motivated to see it through. Again, uncovering your big — or even medium-sized — why will be key to keeping you motivated through to the end.
5 – Your priorities have changed.
Sometimes a lack of motivation occurs when you have a change in priorities. This can sneak up on you, and is not always a conscious action. You may plan to pay off all of your credit cards by a certain date. You develop a schedule, take action, and are well on your way to making that happen. Then you lose your job or your vehicle breaks down. It is obviously okay to take care of these important priorities when they arise. Just don’t put off getting back on track when you have the ability to do so.
This has been a big one for me over the past year. In 2015, my business income dropped precipitously. So I decided to put my business on the back burner and take on a job to get my finances back in order. A tough decision at first, I’ve found it amazingly freeing. Now I have time, funding and mental energy to create a better business for my future. On top of that, I met an amazing man and got engaged … so now wedding activities are taking priority over that planning. My priorities drastically changed, and so I’ve had to reassess my original plans. And accepting that plans changed, have really helped with my motivation.