Motivation gets a lot of flack in the self-improvement space these days. And honestly? I get it. You see, one of the challenges of motivation is its fleeting nature. It comes and it goes and so it can’t always be relied on. But as a result, people claim that discipline is the end all, be all to goal achievement. Look, I will never argue against the validity of discipline, but I certainly won’t discredit motivation either.
Because here’s the deal: Motivation is desire; it’s drive and ambition; it’s your intensity to win. Without motivation, discipline would be useless because you wouldn’t have the desire to start anything in the first place. And from what I’ve seen, there are 5 main challenges of motivation that most people have.
And in this article, we’re covering those challenges as well as what you can to do overcome them. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Lack Of Self-Belief
Lack of self-belief is one of major challenges of motivation.
You won’t follow through on what you don’t believe is possible. So how do you overcome this hurdle? Simple: You need to gather “evidence.” What I mean is you need to see that you have what it takes. You have to develop a “track record” of success.
And that leads me to…
A Simple Way To Easily Develop Self-Belief
Here’s the good part…
You don’t need to string together a bunch of monumental victories to build this track record. In fact, the opposite is true. You just need to start seeing little wins beginning to stack up and accumulate in your life.
These little ones can be as simple as:
- Waking up on time instead hitting snooze 50 times on your alarm clock
- Going for the bag of apples instead of the bag of chips at the grocery store
- Reading more books in place of watching Netflix
- Going to the gym instead of scrolling social media, etc.
If I could sum this idea up in one simple phrase: Keep your word to yourself. When you say you’re going to do something, do it. These “little” wins will build on each other.
And over time, they will begin to justify your own self-belief.
2. Lack Of Accountability Or Support
Accountability is essential.
In fact, a lack of support is one of the biggest thieves of ambition. This culprit can easily dowse the flames of your motivation. The solution? Find someone that will hold your feet to the fire. I can’t stress this enough. You’re forced to adhere to the higher standards you’ve set for yourself when you have accountability.
You need a team; a community; a friend; something that will give you support and help you stay accountable. But now, you may be wondering to yourself…
How You Can Gain Support And Accountability
This is simple—ask.
- That’s it. Find someone you know and trust (it could be a close friend, a family member, a coach or mentor, etc.) and ASK them to hold you accountable to your goals. Don’t overthink this stuff; it’s easy and anyone can do it if they truly have the desire to improve.
3. Lack Of Clarity
Another one of the major challenges of motivation is lack of clarity.
This one is particularly sinister. Why? Because many times we don’t even realize when we’re unclear. And what’s worse, this lack of clarity can spread itself across numerous aspects related to your goals. A lack of clarity can be found in…
- Your plans: It’s not uncommon for people to be “in the dark” regarding HOW they’re going to achieve XYZ in their lives. A plan helps to hone your focus and clarify things.
- Your why: People set goals all the time without realizing WHY they’re even doing it in the first place. This is a huge impediment to achieving your goals (as I’ll cover soon in this article).
- The goal(s) itself: All too often, people set vague and unclear goals that, as a result, never come to fruition. Saying you want to lose weight is not definite. Saying you want to lose 20 lbs in 3 months is clear, definite, and concrete. See the difference?
How To Develop Clarity Toward Your Goals
Clarity comes from being definite in every regard. It means stepping on the neck of vagueness in order to make your goals crystal clear. Here are a couple of examples to help you bring clarity to your ambitions:
- Get specific: Don’t tell me you want to make more money. Tell me you want to earn $10k/month consistently. Don’t tell me you want more clients for your business. Tell me you want 5 new clients in the next 6 months. Specificity is the KEY to clarity.
- Plan it out: What are your plans for you achieving your specific goal? Lay them out and then schedule it into your routine. Without a plan, you’re essentially leaving your goals up to chance. Bad move. You must create a detailed plan of execution to see success.
4. Failure To Build And Maintain Momentum
When it comes to the many challenges of motivation, a lack of momentum is a prime offender.
Here’s the deal: Momentum carries you through when the days get tough. Think of momentum as your “storehouse” of built up energy that pushes you through down days. When you have a enough of it accumulated, it acts as additional fuel when your current tank of motivation runs low.
For this reason, momentum is essential.
The Simple “Secret” To Building and Maintaining Momentum
Luckily, building momentum is simple.
All you have to do is take small action steps toward your goals every day. That’s it. As long as you’re consistent with the little daily disciplines that slowly inch you toward your outcomes, you will naturally build momentum in that direction.
The key lies in the daily practice.
5. Not Enough Reasons
You can do the most remarkable things if you have enough reasons.
People often fail because they simply lack potent and powerful reasons for WHY they’re doing what they do. What’s driving you? Why are your goals important to you? What benefits will you experience by achieving your aims? How will success improve your life?
These are questions you need to ponder if you’re serious about your goals.
The More Reasons You Have, The Better
Most of the challenges of motivation can be linked back to not having enough reasons. So knock this issue out early. Think of all the benefits and advantages associated with reaching your goals. Come up with as many of them as you possibly can.
The more reasons, the better… This may take some time; however, it will be more than worth it in the end. Your reasons will act as a form of armour that shields you against setbacks, obstacles, difficulties, etc.
Overcoming The Challenges Of Motivation
The challenges of motivation will always be there regardless of the type of goals you’re aiming at. However, you can lessen the impact of these challenges and even PUSH THROUGH them with the tools I’ve provided you with in this article.
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