5 Ways to Recharge and Regain Your Motivation (and The 5 Motivation Killers)

Written by on March 7, 2019 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 0 Comments

take charge of your lifeWritten by: Celina Pizarro, CHLC, CMBF, FNC, RHIA 

We have all felt it.  That sinking feeling after the novelty of a new workout or diet plan has worn off…you left zapped with no motivation to continue.  It usually happens in week 2. The reason why we lose motivation is that we are not getting a of it from a positive source. Motivation works just like a car’s fuel. If you didn’t refill the gas tank then you will end up on the side of the road stuck.


 

What is motivation really?

Motivation is the reason for our actions; it’s the process that initiates, and guides our willingness to move towards our goals. Motivation is derived from the word motive which is defined as a need that requires satisfaction. These needs could also be wants or desires that are acquired through influence of culture, society, lifestyle, etc. and are generally innate. Motivation is the reason or reasons we act in a particular way–it can be our inspiration and can be thought of as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something or our determination. But motivation is not constant, sometimes it can be quite fleeting.

“Failure is a lesson; success is a lesson applied.”

 

Top 5 Motivation Killers

Identifying what can kill our motivation is crucial so we can avoid these killers in our daily pursuit to recharge and regain our motivation.

 

    1. Negative People – Stay away from these vampires, they want to suck your drive and bring you down to their level because in their minds this will raise them up.  Unfriend negative people from your personal circle and social media. They are never going to back you or contribute positivity.
    2. Negative News – For the same reasons above, consuming negative news should be avoided.  Negative news will drain you and eventually kill your motivation. Unfortunately this is the news that sells, so it is pretty much everywhere.  I suggest you limit your newsfeed time and only check in with the necessities, like the traffic report.
    3. Fear – This is a big one.  It can be fear of failure, fear of success or fear of change.  The big thing to recognize here is that these fears are not based on reality, it is really fear of what has not occurred and is simply our a defense mechanism to lack of control over the unknown. You can put your ego aside and overcome these fears with a solid plan that includes healthy habits to reach your goal giving you control and squeezing out fear.
    4. Inaction – Dreams, goals and aspirations can not become your new reality without action, therefore choosing not to act on your goals is most definitely a motivation killer.  This is an easy fix, take the first step and I promise you the second foot will follow.
    5. Overdoing it – The opposite of number 4 is doing too much and lending yourself to get burned out. You will not accomplish big dreams overnight so don’t go crazy working like a robot to get it all done.  Your brain and body need time to recharge, which brings us to:

How can we recharge and regain our motivation to keep going in spite of obstacles and difficulties?


“A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” ~Unknown

 

5 Ways to  Recharge and Regain Your Motivation

One of the most surprising things about motivation is that it often comes after starting a new behavior, not before. Motivation is more often the result of action, not the cause of it. Its Newton’s First Law applied to habit formation: once a task has begun, it is easier to continue moving it forward.

 

    1. Invest in RechargingMake getting quality sleep a priority.  Shoot for more than 7 hours a night, and create a night time ritual that supports your goals. It is equally important to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system during your waking hours 30 min/day.  This can be accomplished with time in a sauna, meditation, or mindfulness activities such as yoga, tai chi, mindful walking. Allowing yourself time to break the constant go mode recharges your physical and mental wellness and allows for healing..
    2. Put Down the Phone – Take a break from electronics and blue light devices. Aim for 14 hrs a week or 2 hours a day.  I suggest putting it down in the last hour and a half a day, spending dinner time with family and removing it from your night time ritual to support that quality sleep. The first part of your day is also a good time to not subject your eyes to the blue light or your mind to the negative news feed so aim to not pick up your phone until after breakfast.
    3. Create a Vision – Connect with your “Why”, your purpose and write it out.  Why have you set out to reach this goal? Review your vision daily and constantly remind yourself why you work so hard.  Your vision should be so compelling that it wakes you up excited in the morning with the burning desire to achieve it. Make it bigger than you!
    4. Get Your Head Right – In the 5 killers we discussed why removing negative influences are essential.  That being said, eliminating negativity creates space for positive and inspiring media and people.  Read positive and inspiring stories of others further on their journey (“You GLOW Girl!”).  Fill your mind with positive and inspiring thoughts, creating a positive outlook and an unstoppable mindset.
    5. Plan and Remove Distractions – If you do not plan to succeed then prepare to fail.  Having a plan is essential and having a SMART plan is key.  FIlling that plan with reasonable, actionable steps and measurable milestones will ensure success, continued motivation and dissolve fear of failure.

 

BONUS – Herbs, vitamins and minerals to support your motivation

If you have read my wellness articles then you know I’m an herbie and I love using supporting herbs and minerals in my meals and daily routine.  Magnesium (an essential mineral), chamomile, lavender, passion fruit, Valerian, and skull cap are all restorative sleep supporting herbs. Vit D, Vit B12, Vit C, fish oil, turmeric, Reishi, Chaga, olive leaf, ashwagandha, Gotu Kola and Holy Basil are some of my favorite concentration and brain boosting vitamins and herbs.

With all herbs, supplements and minerals personal tolerance and sensitivities vary so check with your holistic medical practitioner first.

Celina Pizarro is a Transformation Coach and Motivational Mindset Mentor who is on a mission to help women get off Rx. meds and stay out of the hospital. Signup at www.cpfitpro.com to receive her newsletter full of health, wellness and fitness tips. Contact her at Celina@cpfitpro.com

 

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