Finding the thing that motivates you is one thing. But, trying to stick it out to the end is another. And even while you have already succeeded in identifying what motivates you the temptation to give in to more convenient and easier things, whatever these may be, can be much more powerful than getting yourself up and going.
First you need to identify that lacking motivation, or deliberately making yourself feel demotivated is a bad habit. But you can always change your habits. Something isn’t quite right when you refuse to wake up on time to get to your office. Or when you become overwhelmed if you have deadlines to beat. You know that something is wrong when the task you had to finish several days ago sits idly on your desk, untouched. And something is not right when you cannot force yourself to confront a problem that has been gnawing at you for a while. Maybe you lack even the motivation to admit that you are not motivated. So how do you build your motivation from the ground up? Start with trying to address any underlying health issues, perhaps mental health issues. Try eating well, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and taking a short walk every day. You may find yourself feeling better which in turn could improve your motivation.
Then try to identify the things that sap out your motivation. Try to identify a pattern. Often these things start off with small habits that become part of a larger problem. Maybe you didn’t feel like getting up after your alarm went off one morning then the next day you did the same thing, and on and on until you have developed the habit of not feeling motivated to get up at all. Or you need to identify whether this is part of a more serious problem, like not wanting to go to your job at all.
You can always try to identify the things that sap out your energy by their power to make you feel discouraged. Start with the simple exercise of listing down the areas in your life where you find no motivation. List all of the particular things that make you feel disheartened. This will help you gain some perspective on the entire issue, and sometimes you can even derive solutions from simply identifying the problem. This will shed clarity on your issues with motivation.
Then you can move on to evaluating the risks and benefits of not feeling motivated. We all know the benefits of being not motivated and doing something else- immediate self-gratification in the form of rest or engaging in hobbies for example. And there are also risks. Plenty of them. And the risks often outweigh the benefits. Discovering the risks and benefits of not feeling motivated could be useful. In general, you will realise that it is never worth it to procrastinate, to give in to the temptation to do nothing, or to fool yourself into thinking it is better to simply do nothing.
Finally, you must commit yourself to change. This is not easy, it never is. But try to set the date for mustering your sense of motivation, and more importantly, follow through.
You have the choice to either feel the pain of changing, or the pain of regret.
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