Motivation is a muscle, just like obtaining positive vibrations when you don’t necessarily feel it. Emotions can be deceiving. Feelings can be manipulative. You hear the phrase “think positive” or “stay positive” yet what most people don’t realize is that being positive is a muscle. Our positive muscle requires exercise daily but that equally requires motivation, inspiration and most importantly energy.
When we lose momentum, the biggest thing to remember is that it’s not too late. It’s not too late to get back up and dust yourself off. It’s not too late to get out in the sunshine and move. Sometimes we suffer setbacks, our energy can be depleted easily. Negative people can sap our energy. Negative people include non-supportive family and “friends.” Our energy can be drained just by long commutes in traffic jams, going to work or feeling “stuck” in a position that you’ve outgrown. Momentum can be lost when we stop making time to go to the gym or not making time to at the very least, give yourself 3 hours a day to do something for you. Having kids can quickly drain your energy. I know this from personal experience. Hey, thinking too much can stop momentum. Sometimes, not over analyzing and over plotting and obsessively thinking can help rebuild momentum.
I don’t know about you, but I’m harder on myself than anyone else can be. And like a work environment that requires a morale boost for employees who’ve lost it. A big part of exercising my positive muscle is feeding myself an optimistic message, rather than one that points out my failures. I sometimes get down on myself and the word “failure” creeps up. What I have found is that we have to counter our tendency to speak badly about ourselves. Because, no one can give us what we need to provide for ourselves and that’s self-care. Without self-care, we become drained, lose momentum, and can easily be vulnerable to depression.
The Bottom Line:
It’s okay if you’ve lost a little something called momentum. It’s okay if your energy is sapped. It’s all right if you don’t always feel 100 percent. The most important thing is to not get stuck in the negative. It’s important to not get stuck in what pulls us down. If our energy is drained, we need to do something very simple. Start. Procrastination, loss of momentum, or energy can be raised if we find inspiration within and realize you can’t give up now. I know it’s hard. But, as long as you get back up and just start exactly where you are right now. Don’t overthink. Just, stop thinking and just- DO. That’s the biggest challenge. Starting. It’s never too late to refocus and be the best person you can be today. Because you can’t change yesterday, but you can ensure you evolve starting from where you are right now.