by Yvanne Dandan
Hello to all my fellow dreamers out there! How are you? Still working towards those dreams, I hope!
Motivation is an integral component for achieving any goal, isn’t it? However, it does not always come easy. There are times when we may lack motivation and it makes pursuing any endeavour a challenge.
If you’re currently lacking motivation, just know that you’re not alone. Especially during these uncertain times, it may be more challenging to see how our dreams and plans will actually come to be. When so many things around us are changing, we cannot rely too much on external factors to be our motivators. Sometimes, we need to create and find our own nuggets of motivation along the way. Below are some tips that I hope can help.
Similar to if you were to lose your keys, you would probably retrace your steps to see where things may have gone wrong in order to find your keys again. When you lose motivation it is a great idea to ask ourselves, “at what point did I start feeling unmotivated?” and then follow up with, “and why?” In doing this, we will be able to understand ourselves better and start to create our own very personalized next steps. It is also important to give our self the grace to know that we are learning everyday. During a stage of un-motivation, we should simply think of it as an opportunity to learn more about ourselves.
The power of “little goals”
Big goals can be very overwhelming at times. When we only look at the big goals, it may lead us to thinking that there’s no point in trying because it is too far out of reach. However, if we break each big goal into a number of little goals, it makes the journey clearer, easier to follow, and the dream will seem even more possible! However, we should always keep that big goal in mind along the way to ensure that we are still headed in the right direction.
Plan it out with power words
Make a schedule and have a timeline! This is especially true when it comes to all the “little” goals mentioned earlier. Deadlines are incredible tools because they give us that little nudge to get moving. We have to be cautious about getting caught within vague vocabulary. In other words, “I’ll do it soon” or “Someday I hope to _______,” are not effective. The more specific the plan is, the more powerful it will be. It is important to be specific with the deadlines we give ourselves. In doing this, we are able to visualize our journey.
What’s your “Why?”
We can easily awaken our motivation simply by asking ourselves, “Why?” “Why do I want to accomplish this goal?” This is especially helpful for those who have been pursuing a goal for a long time and may have forgotten why they set the goal in the first place. Sometimes this is the most powerful tip of all because it brings us back in touch with our intention, and this is a major stage in following any dream.
Examine your tribe
Years ago, someone told me, “you are the average of the five people you hang out with most.” The people we surround ourselves with on a regular basis have a huge impact on how we live out our lives. Personally, in my journey so far, I feel so blessed to be surrounded by many other dreamers who have such positive attitudes towards life. Their vibes continue to be extremely contagious and I cannot help but be inspired by them. This inspiration converts itself to motivation and, in healthy relationships, the hope is that we are always part of this exchange of positive energy. It is gold to surround ourselves with people who will not only inspire us by their hustle, but who will also support us with ours.
The above tips are just some of several other ways we can regain motivation in our journey as dreamers. Let’s not forget that we can find motivation within ourselves, we don’t have to look far. Let’s be inspired by our past: because of our strength we endured and continue to carry along the way. Let’s be inspired by our future: because just think of how incredible it will feel to accomplish our goals! Finally, let’s be inspired by where we are today: because we acknowledge the desire within our hearts to do more and be more.
Yvanne is a Program Manager with Career Trek Inc. She’s also an Independent Pop, R&B/Soul Singer-Songwriter.