I’ve seen a lot of people asking about motivation lately. All from different sources — Twitter, Facebook groups/posts, private messages with friends. People are struggling with motivation, and that doesn’t surprise me entirely considering everything we’ve been through in the last year.
The world seems to be in a constant flux of energy and direction these days. We can hardly tell up from down, left from right. It’s very difficult to feel the excitement that we may have had pre-pandemic.
The nation, and possibly even the world is in a state of grieving. Between the loss of time, loss of loved ones, and the fact that our regular routines have been ripped out from under us. Truths come out, changes happen. The only constant is change. So if you’re looking to stay motivated, the first question to ask yourself might be “do I need a break?”
If you’ve been pushing yourself like hell, maybe you do need a break. If you’re trying to get back into the swing of things after a break, that’s a different story. Here are some strategies that I try to have in place while I’m in need of motivation.
Get plugged into a community of people who believe in you and are as excited about life as you want to be. They say you’re the sum of the 7 people you are around the most. While that may or may not be an oversimplification, there certainly is some truth to it. In a lot of ways, you become the people you hang out with.
Another way to find community in this pandemic world is through taking online group courses. People tend to think of online courses as fluff material or just people out for money-grabs. But they are unique opportunities to connect with people you otherwise would not have connected with.
If you’re looking to grow in a specific direction, online communities are a great way to start. I’ve taken courses online that have opened up a world of possibilities for me, personally. All because of who I connected with during the course.
2. Accountability and Companionship
I think companionship and accountability are incredibly important right now. I have my own struggles staying motivated. But, the time I feel I have the most energy is when I am in communication with my inner circle. The people closest to me, the people who get me, and the people who understand where I’m coming from and what my goals are.
Your inner-circle has to understand you, and you have to understand your inner-circle. That means you need to figure out how to talk to them — individually, as a leader, and as a follower. Don’t just drain people of energy for yourself without supporting what they do.
So be honest with yourself first. Find your why. And start making moves.
3. Find Your Why
You may have heard of Simon Sinek talking about finding your Why. I’m sure he’s not the first person to ever come up with the idea, but it’s an important one and he is part of what opened my eyes to it. Your WHY is what guides you through your journey. It can change over time, but it motivates you to get to the next step when you don’t feel motivated.
My general idea of why is to bring people together, and to help them find and better themselves through music. It runs a little deeper than that, but that’s the simple one-line answer. When I am tired of working on something and I start losing my motivation, I just think: “Who could I help with this?” or “Am I actually helping people with this?” — Your why will also help you find out where you should spend your energy.
You can’t find someone else’s why. Because somebody else’s why is not going to motivate you as much as yours will. We are all different people with different motivations, different goals, different things that make us tick.
The energy that you put forth right now is incredibly important in determining your future. We are at a rare crossroads in life. Perhaps it’s the perfect time to find your “Why”. Perhaps the perfect time to realign yourself, find out who you really are, and begin your movement in the right direction.