3 Factors That Make You Hard to Motivate?

There will always be times in your life when you have to perform tasks that you deem unpleasant for one reason or another

Working with a co-worker you don’t like, going to work on Mondays, taking the garbage out, driving to meet the in-laws at the airport, having dinner with the spouse’s friends… Doing these things just siphons whatever motivation you have inside you and makes you feel sad, tired, sorry, even annoyed. But did you know that there are also things inside you that actually make it difficult to feel excited and enthusiastic? Get to learn the factors that make you hard to motivate:

Your mindset
Your mindset is a major factor that can make you hard to motivate. This is because it can severely limit your understanding of the world and all experiences in general. Your mindset can sometimes be composed of growth-inhibiting beliefs, prejudices, biases and standards.

If, for example, you believe that nothing good can come out of your staff, you’ll fail to see that there is a clerk there that actually has management potential. If you refuse to believe that you can actually write for a famous magazine because you’re a person from a small town, you’ll miss out on an opportunity to expose your talent and reap its rewards.

Your comfort zone
We all have certain limitations in our minds. These limits are things we decide on based on our own personal beliefs, ethics and standards. Within these limits, we feel comfortable in and can pretty much do as we like.

Once we approach the outer edges, we begin to feel discomfort, shyness, embarrassment or annoyance. We do not wish to go further because we do not like what we don’t know or haven’t experienced. Because we have a fear of the unknown, we’d rather stay within our comfort zones because we feel safe there.

The problem here is that a narrow comfort zone can be a major factor that makes you hard to motivate. Each time you are presented with a new idea or experience, you check to see if it fits into your comfort zone. If it doesn’t, then you simply refuse, no questions asked. This is unfortunate because many of these ideas and experiences can be good for you. But you’ll probably never know because you don’t have the motivation to try them.

Your past experience
Did you get burned by the stove? That’s probably why you hate to cook. Did your former bosses fail to show appreciation for your hard work? That’s probably one reason why you don’t feel motivated about your job.

Your background – personal, social and professional experiences – has a lot to do with how you decide things in your life. They can also be factors that make you hard to motivate. If these experiences are negative, they tend to make you more hesitant and unsure of yourself because they affect your self-esteem and confidence.

If, for example, you’ve only been met with rejection or ridicule in your life, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine if you don’t feel a strong need to excel or to improve yourself. You’ll probably be thinking – ‘So what? Nothing I ever did was good anyway. Why would things change now?’

Unless you consciously make an effort to identify these past experiences and then refuse to let them rule your life, you will always be hard to motivate.

Motivational Sayings Ten Great Ones

Why read motivational sayings? For motivation! You might need a bit, if you can use last year’s list of goals this year because it’s as good as new. All of us can benefit from inspirational thoughts, so here are ten great ones.

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Dale Carnegie

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – Napoleon Hill

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and say, “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw

“A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life.” – Celia Luce

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” – Art Williams

Motivational Sayings – Attitude

Attitude “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone

“Nothing on earth can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A person cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.” – James Allen

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

These are quotes that mean something to me. Hopefully one or two of them are also inspiring to you. If not, maybe they will motivate you to create your own motivational sayings.

How To Motivate Yourself to Achieve What You Want In Your Life

One of the greatest virtues of human beings is their ability to think and act accordingly. The emergence of the techno savvy human from the tree swinging ape has really been a long journey. This transition has taken a span of countless centuries and lots of thinking caps have been involved. Inquisitiveness and aspiration to come out with the best have been the pillars for man’s quest for development. Self-motivation is the sheer force, which pulled him apart and distinguished him from his primitive ancestors.

Here are some tips for self-motivation. Don’t just read them digest each one of them and apply them and I bet it will make a better YOU.

1. Learn to delegate.

This is one of the most critical skills for a leader. Delegation involves assigning tasks to your employees along with the necessary authority and resources that they can learn to carry out the tasks in their own way. Assign the “what” and guide them to figure out the “how.”

2. Even if you do not like goals, set some goals, however small.

Without goals, you probably will not know if you are really accomplishing anything. Working hard is not necessarily an end in itself – especially if you expect your employees to do the same thing. Set some small goals. It will be good practice for you if you have not done that before. (If you do not like goals, then you are in for a major challenge in leading a business because, without goals, it is very difficult to give direction and measure success.)

3. Celebrate accomplishments.

Many hard-working people seem to believe that celebrating accomplishments is a form of complacency, that the job should be a celebration in itself. Those beliefs can hold true maybe for the first couple years of the leader’s job. Then the grind gets old. It is critical for employees to recognize that they are accomplishing something – it is usually not enough to be continually “working for the cause.” Take time out to recognize what did get done and celebrate the accomplishments.

4. Ask for help.

It can be quite difficult for leaders to ask for help. Often, they are very passionate, hard-working people who want to be able to carry their own load. Thus, they are often reluctant to ask for help from others in the organization. This is a mistake, particularly for managers in the organization.

5. Find out what motivates you – it is not the same for everyone.

One of the most important learnings for new supervisors is that very different things can motivate different people. For example, some are motivated by money, others by security, others by having relationships, others by getting things done and others by getting recognition.

 

One of the greatest virtues of human beings is their ability to think and act accordingly. The emergence of the techno savvy human from the tree swinging ape has really been a long journey. This transition has taken a span of countless centuries and lots of thinking caps have been involved. Inquisitiveness and aspiration to come out with the best have been the pillars for man’s quest for development. Self-motivation is the sheer force, which pulled him apart and distinguished him from his primitive ancestors.

Here are some tips for self-motivation. Don’t just read them digest each one of them and apply them and I bet it will make a better YOU.

1. Learn to delegate.

This is one of the most critical skills for a leader. Delegation involves assigning tasks to your employees along with the necessary authority and resources that they can learn to carry out the tasks in their own way. Assign the “what” and guide them to figure out the “how.”

2. Even if you do not like goals, set some goals, however small.

Without goals, you probably will not know if you are really accomplishing anything. Working hard is not necessarily an end in itself – especially if you expect your employees to do the same thing. Set some small goals. It will be good practice for you if you have not done that before. (If you do not like goals, then you are in for a major challenge in leading a business because, without goals, it is very difficult to give direction and measure success.)

3. Celebrate accomplishments.

Many hard-working people seem to believe that celebrating accomplishments is a form of complacency, that the job should be a celebration in itself. Those beliefs can hold true maybe for the first couple years of the leader’s job. Then the grind gets old. It is critical for employees to recognize that they are accomplishing something – it is usually not enough to be continually “working for the cause.” Take time out to recognize what did get done and celebrate the accomplishments.

4. Ask for help.

It can be quite difficult for leaders to ask for help. Often, they are very passionate, hard-working people who want to be able to carry their own load. Thus, they are often reluctant to ask for help from others in the organization. This is a mistake, particularly for managers in the organization.

5. Find out what motivates you – it is not the same for everyone.

One of the most important learnings for new supervisors is that very different things can motivate different people. For example, some are motivated by money, others by security, others by having relationships, others by getting things done and others by getting recognition.

6. Get some direct contact with your customers.

Few things are as motivational as hearing from a customer how he/she benefited from the products or services of your business. Unfortunately, it is too easy for leaders to inadvertently become detached from providing direct service and to get lost in the management activities of the business. At least once a month, have a customer come to an employee-wide meeting and share his/her experiences with the business.

7. Post the mission of your business on the walls of all the rooms in your facilities.

It is amazing how many organizations give careful thought to the wording of their mission statements and then file them away in file cabinets. Post your mission statement in all the rooms in your facility. Notice it each day. The mission statement depicts the reason that the business even exists.

8. Follow simple guidelines of time and stress management.

With a few simple steps, you can make a lot of difference in managing your stress, often by first addressing how you spend your own time.

9. Watch your diet. Get enough sleep.

Do not resort to lots of caffeine and sugar to give you a boost. Research shows that the boost is usually followed by a major let down in energy. It is better to get up for a short walk, get some protein and do some stretches. Also, it is interesting how bleak the world looks to people who do not eat right or do not get enough sleep. A few the right kinds of food and more sleep can make the world seem a lot better.

10. Get some variety in your job.

Do not get lost in the “circle of paperwork.” Often, the only way that you will get variety in your work is to schedule it. Schedule time to provide direct services to customers. Schedule time to help clean out the storage closet.

11. Have personal goals.

Even if you have a few goals, at least those goals are in regard to your own development. Examples of goals might be to become acquainted with at least three other managers of organizations in your geographic area, or read a book a week, or even to start a hobby.

12. Get some professional development.

Go to a course. Join a professional networking organization. Read professional journals that relate to your services. Join a Speakers Bureau to share your knowledge.

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