Finding motivation is a constant battle.
From getting the motivation to work out or eat a salad when all you want is a nice, greasy burger to sometimes just the motivation to get out of bed in the morning. I’ve had a lack of motivation on all those fronts and I will admit that it’s still a daily struggle.
I still find myself procrastinating a lot and only completing the work I need to at the very last minute. I sometimes have days when I struggle to get out of bed; when all I want to do is hide out from my problems. I’ve read books and scriptures and daily quotes in an effort to help reinvigorate me with some semblance of energy and sometimes it works and sometimes not as much as I’d like it to.
It’s a vicious cycle: I lack motivation to get up and work, then the job doesn’t get done and that only makes me feel worse about myself so I’m then filled with regret for not working at my best.
But I’ve now decided to think about that cycle and concentrate on that last step. In that moment of demotivation, I think about the regret I’ll feel for not reaching my potential and the lack of pride I feel when I complete something last minute and I know that it could have been much better. Because at the end of the day, motivation is fueled by pride – pride in your own ability to surpass your previous expectations.
It’s the pride that is in that smile that you get when you finally achieve that body you want, that award you’ve been working hard for or even just knowing that you spend your day the way you planned it out: doing what will better you in the long run.
So in the world of mantras, I’ve decided to stick with ‘Make Yourself Proud’ and to constantly ask myself whether the decision I am taking is one that will make me proud of myself at the end of the day.
It will always be a battle but no battle has ever been won by sitting and doing nothing. And there’s no better fight to be in than the fight for own self.