Motivational speakers and other inspiring individuals such as entrepreneurs can make motivation seem like something that comes to you and never leaves. While this may be the case for some people, in reality, motivation and drive typically come in waves. Some days you will wake up full of motivation and others you will simply feel like sitting around.
Think about it like waves on a shore, each wave can bring you closer and closer to your goal, but if you learn to ride the waves you can have a more sustained and consistent level of motivation and energy to carry you through the troughs.
Motivation and natural energy are unique because you cannot just will them into existence. Motivation and natural energy have a number of different factors that contribute to them coming to fruition such as mental wellbeing, inspiration, and drive. If you are experiencing a lack of energy and motivation, there are things that you change to cultivate them.
Change your perspective
Motivation at its core is a drive to want to do something. Many people feel unmotivated to perform tasks because they lose sight of why they would want to do it in the first place. Changing your perspective is a powerful tool and is one that can help facilitate motivation.
Take a school assignment as a prime example. The assignment may be to create a presentation on the industrial revolution. Every time you think about your project you kink to yourself how not only do you not have an interest in the industrial revolution, but you also are not a fan of public speaking. Changing your mindset to think about how the industrial revolution shaped the world you live in today as well as seeing your presentation as a way to practice presenting skills that will be advantageous to your future career can effectively make you more motivated to do the project.
Changing your perspective is really about finding the good in the things you have to do. For tasks that you feel unmotivated to do, try and find at least one thing you will gain from doing it, even if that one thing is that you won’t have to do it again. Motivation is the drive to do something and by finding a benefit to completing the task, you can create motivation to get it done.
Positive changes for your health
Your health is an important aspect of your ability to get things done with energy and motivation. It is no secret that when you feel good, you do good and this is the general basis for why you should take charge of your health and support your motivation and energy from the inside out.
Below is a closer look at some changes you can make to facilitate better health to sustain more natural energy and motivation. Feeling good about yourself and taking the time to promote some self-care can be incredibly helpful and advantageous.
One of the best things you can do to facilitate better energy levels and motivation in your day is to get physical activity on a routine basis. Being inside all day and underutilizing your body is a recipe for feeling uninspired and is a common cause of fatigue. Getting your blood pumping, muscles moving, and endorphins flowing have immense health benefits and can greatly improve your mood and general wellbeing.
Getting exercise has been shown to elevate perceived energy levels throughout the day. Getting a quick morning workout before your day is a quick and easy way to give yourself a small boost of natural energy. Additionally, starting your day off with exercise gets you moving, making it easier to continue that momentum and motivation throughout your day. Whether your activity of choice is yoga, running, of weight lifting, simply getting your body moving can significantly help support natural energy and motivation.
Eat healthy food
The food choices you make on a daily basis matter. Eating high-quality unprocessed foods represents the ideal nutrition that your body deserves. Ensuring your body gets the appropriate amounts of macros and nutrition can ensure it is running at its most efficient. Vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin D are crucial to your body and help your body to stay energized. When everything is running smoothly, it shows in your natural energy level and general mood.
Imagine if you ate healthy for a day vs if you ate fast food for a day. The day you ate a well-balanced and nutritious meal you are most likely more productive and had a higher level of motivation and energy than the day you ate only fast food.
An example of a well-balanced diet is the Mediterranean diet which consists mainly of fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Numerous studies have observed the healthful benefits of the Mediterranean diet and by incorporating whole foods, you can also experience the many benefits.
Your diet represents where you should first try and get your nutrition, but in certain cases, it simply isn’t feasible to get everything your body can benefit from through diet alone. Take vegetarians as a prime example. Vitamin B12 is readily available in animal products like meat, yet a vegetarian is unable to consume it. Instead many vegetarians opt for B12 supplements to ensure they are getting everything they need from a nutritional standpoint.
Another supplement that can help support your energy levels is MitoQ. As opposed to supplements such as caffeine citrate, MitoQ works by supporting your energy levels naturally at a cellular level. By supporting the basis of all energy in your body known as the mitochondria, MitoQ can effectively help low energy levels for those that have inefficient mitochondria due to oxidative stress.
Low levels of energy and motivation could be caused by poor sleep habits. In fact, some of the tell-tale signs of sleep deprivation are declined energy levels and low levels of motivation and self-efficacy. Making changes to your sleep habits such as practicing meditation to calm the mind before bed, reducing nighttime disturbances such as light and sound, and creating routines for bedtime and wakeup can significantly improve sleep quality and duration.
While many issues with sleep can be solved with a simple lifestyle change, some require additional assistance from a medical provider. Sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea are very real medical conditions that can impact your ability to feel energized and motivated. Seeking care and going to a professional can help to get you back on track to feeling motivated and full of energy.
We all have goals in life, and with motivation, it can be easy to lose sight of those goals after working towards them for so long. Writing down your goals and consistently reminding yourself of the underlying reason as to why you are doing something can provide you with the motivation and energy to persevere.
Take a career goal such as wanting to become a doctor. Working through your undergraduate, studying for entrance exams, countless applications, and the immense workloads can test even those with a large amount of natural motivation and energy. While all of these things can take their toll on perseverance and make you have a lack of energy and motivation, reminding yourself of your end goal can be just what you need to get motivated all over again.
In summary, a random bout of low motivation and energy is something that is a normal occurrence. Knowing ways to cultivate natural energy and motivation can allow you to effectively dig yourself out of these lows and allow you to keep persevering through life and achieve what you want to achieve.