Lacking Motivation and/or Inspiration?

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I JUST CAN’T get motivated to focus on anything! Have you ever said that to yourself? Me too! In fact, this week is one of those weeks. Sometimes it’s just so hard to get motivated. Coming off of launching a large project that consumed a lot of time I now find myself grasping for inspiration. Do you? When a project consumes time and I go a long time without dreaming and thinking of vision, I find a severe lack of motivation and inspiration.

These moments don’t happen as often anymore but when they do, there’s some very easy and intentional steps we can take to snap out of it. I’m going to share some with you that’s helped me and maybe they can help you. These are in no specific order, just a random list that might help you get motivated and find that missing inspiration again.

First, is something wrong?

You have to start with “why.” Why are you feeling this way? Is it the weather, a tough situation, a hard talk, lack of food or sleep? There’s many factors that go into identifying why we are lacking inspiration. Often they are simple reasons and the more self-aware we are, the better we can get to the bottom of it. Once you find out “why”, what next?

Make a list

But not just any list… Make a list of things you’re grateful for. Sometimes the inspiration blues can be solved by identifying what you have to be grateful for, especially if you’re feeling down. So take out some paper or your notes app and write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for right now.

Remember your ambitions

Why did you start in the first place? When you write out or remind yourself of your great ambitions, it can often pull you back to that excitement of why you started in the first place.

God is faithful!

If you’re a person of faith, remember how God’s been faithful to you in the past. This is why keeping a journal is so important so you can go back and remember. When you remember that God’s been faithful to give you inspiration you might find yourself being inspired again.

Move small rocks

If you’re struggling getting going, it’s probably not a great day to move those massive rocks towards your goals. Maybe today, you focus on something small to get you closer to your ambitions. Write just one little blog post, do a shorter workout, read just one chapter (or three) of that book you know will be a good resource. Just move a small rock. It doesn’t’ always need to be a huge step; baby steps are good too.

Jam out, seriously

I LOVE music! All kinds (with the exception of only a few). Find something uplifting or pump up music to get your inspiration on the move. You find inspiration with a great beat. If the weather is really bad, put on that beach music and make your own weather right there in your own office!

Talk to someone

When I lack motivation, I like to find the Enneagram 7’s in my life. Seriously, they are always uplifting. If you can’t find one, just find somebody you trust who is “for” you that you can talk to. Talking about why you’re lacking motivation and inspiration can help you track down the culprit.

Finally, maybe take the day off!

If your job affords it, just take the day off. There’s sometimes you just can’t find what you’re looking for even if you try all these things and more. Maybe that’s a good indicator to just quit for the day. To do this, you have to remember that whatever you’re doing or leading doesn’t rise and fall with you. So just “chill” and take the day if you can. Go do something fun. Watch a movie, play music, take a walk, or sit at your favorite coffee shop. For me, it’s doing something small with my wife that always relaxes me and makes up for a lack of motivation.

What is your way to find motivation and inspiration when they seem scarce?

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