Finding the motivation
Another week where life “isn’t back to normal”, another week where practice has to be held virtually or with strict uncomfortable rules, another week of uncertainty, another and another. It feels like the never-ending cycle. A cycle that at times feels so exhausting and so unmotivating. How many can relate to not wanting to do anything? You are not alone. Many of us are struggling to find motivation right now and here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Remember the why
When we can understand why we are doing something it often takes the decision out of the game. If the why is strong enough there is not a question of whether you are going to do it our not. Why do I show up for practice and give it my best? Because I love to play the sport and become a better player. I believed this so deeply that it motivated me to show up for practice and give it my all.
2. What do you like about it?
There is some small thing you like about whatever you are unmotivated to do. Unmotivated to clean your room (me too), however, I must admit I do feel calmer when it is complete and even have a little fun in the process with some good music. Another example, working out. Although is seems like quite a daunting task there is something in there that you enjoy. Maybe doing your favorite exercise, or looking at the birds on a run, or feeling slightly out of breath, or sweating. Find something even if it is so small that you enjoy about the task and really focus on those parts
3. Stop waiting until “you feel like it”
This will likely never happen. We want to wait until we feel like doing something and we will be waiting for a long time. That is when we have to get over ourselves, make a plan and just do it. Mel Robbins talks about her 5 second rule. She uses a trick to count backwards from 5 down to 1 and then take action. Click here to listen to her explain it.
I have definitely used these techniques the last couple of months and weeks. My favorite trick has been finding what I like about the task and using that to get going. For example, building my membership website was incredibly time consuming and hard because there is a steep learning curve. However, I would hone in on what it would feel like right when I got things to work (bliss). This is what kept me going.
When I would get really frustrated and stuck, I took a quite break counted from five down to one and got back to work. Finally, finding my why was the simple part. I am passionate about mental toughness and using our brain to help us compete at a high level so that was the constant I would rely on.
I hope you can use these tips this week. Let me know how it goes.
Achieve your mental edge