Do you have those times where you literally have to be dragged kicking and screaming to do stuff? I am having one of those weeks. I have stuff to do, but I just don’t want to do it. I have no motivation, no desire, and yet deep down, I know I must take immediate action, despite my inner protest.
While this shows up for everyone at some stage, this can be particularly challenging for those who are following their own dreams and passions with no set timelines, such as those with their own (or starting a) business, writers and artists, or even athletes. After all, it is a lot easier to get started on tasks when you have a deadline, as per a typical employment situation, than it is when you are not accountable to anyone.
For me this week, it is taking action steps to further develop my new coaching service. I’ve even had to drag myself to social appointments that I have committed to, and force myself to arrange meetings. But this could also be as mundane as mowing the lawn or cleaning the house.
There are times when you actually do need a rest and take time out, or you maybe heading down the wrong path of action, as evidenced by your intuition of something not feeling right, but then there are other times, when you KNOW that you are avoiding doing something.
The question is, why? Fear? Boredom? Not perfect? Are you afraid of the outcome? Or the action step required after taking the one you are avoiding? I have spoken to several people lately who are succeeding in their developing their passion, but are afraid of taking the next step because of the overwhelm that their success may bring.
While I am a big fan of self-reflection and getting to the bottom of things, too much time spent on this can be a distraction and a form of procrastination, and can waste valuable time that could be used actually taking action.
The best remedy for lack of motivation, feeling stuck and procrastination is ACTION. No matter how small. Sometimes you just have to force yourself. You need to get that energy moving, build momentum, and then the rest will follow.
Something as small as making that one phone call, writing that one sentence, or arranging that one meeting, is all that it takes to get the ball rolling again. The more unmotivated you feel, the smaller you may need to break the steps down, even if you do think this is ridiculous.
For those who even struggle with this, ask for support. Having someone to be accountable to, even if they are not intimately involved with your project, can work wonders with your action steps.
Ask yourself, which is worse, actually doing what you have to do eventually, or putting up with your critical self-talk for not doing what needs to be done?
Just keep moving ☺