Whether at work or at home, it can sometimes be difficult to stay motivated. Sometimes self-motivation is easy: it starts with a flash of genius and authentic inspiration; we can’t wait to get started. But how long does that feeling last? Other times, self-motivation doesn’t come at all. There is no spark, no flash, no surge of inspired energy; just a seemingly insurmountable problem, or a series of small, unwelcome tasks. Why is motivation, even in the face of unbearable tedium, so easy for some, and difficult for others?
Personal drive is more often a discipline than a personality trait. Even the most driven, focused, and passionate individuals among us struggle to see a brilliant vision all the way to completion. Sales legend Zig Ziglar once said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Understanding that self-motivation can be a process, and not just an instinctive trait, can help in difficult times. If you find yourself fighting an uphill battle for inner-drive, just take a breath, relax, and make a conscious decision to remedy the problem. Here are a few tips to help you get back on track: