Why Motivation Doesn’t Last for long time - Part 1 (Analysis and Causes)
July 4, 2018
Nothing is permanent in this world, not even motivation. And because of this, most people find it challenging to stick to a good habit or a goal that they have committed. Yes, they feel motivated in the beginning, but the drive doesn’t last and it faded after some time. So what should you do about it?
Please understand that motivation is an emotion. It is a feeling that you feel inspired to take action.
And feelings come and go. You cannot feel motivated all the time. There will be times when you feel down, uninspired, and want to just get away or do nothing at all.
Now, don’t get it wrong by thinking that this is something you shouldn’t experience. In fact, feeling uninspired and the lack of motivation from time to time is a very normal phenomenon in our everyday lives.
There are times when I feel uninspired and no motivation to do things too. There are days I find it extremely difficult to come up with the energy and willpower to write articles, just like this one.
When people first set their goals, read a book, buy a new course, or attend a new training program, they are full of excitement. They are motivated and driven to take action.
Their motivation is at the peak, but as the time goes by, their motivation will slowly fade. They start to lose steam and eventually, they find it difficult to follow through and feeling totally uninspired to take action. Take a look at the graph below.
This is how our motivation works.
The Law of Diminishing Intent
This law was first coined by Jim Rohn, which states that “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
And it is absolutely true. The longer you wait to take action, the more likely that you are going to procrastinate and not do it.If you look at the graph above, our motivation goes down with time. So the more you wait, the more your motivation fades.
Therefore, don’t wait. Just do it. Just like the old proverb that says, “Strike when it’s hot”.
There are so many distractions around us. And if you wait and the moment you lose your focus, you will lose your motivation too.
Why Our Motivation Doesn’t Last
From my understanding, there are a couple of reasons why our motivation doesn’t last.
1. Motivation is an emotion and emotion comes and goes.
Nothing is permanent. There will be great days and there will be bad days too.
2. We fall back into our comfort zone.
We’re motivated when we first started, but after a couple of days or weeks, our old behaviors, habits, and beliefs kick in, making us want to stay in our comfort zone. And this is when our motivation starts to fade.
3. We get distracted.
Remember the saying, “Where the focus goes, energy flows”? When you get distracted by your day-to-day operation, you forget about your goals, and this is when you lose your focus and your motivation.
4. Feeling doubtful.
When you feel doubt, your beliefs will sabotage your action. “What if things don’t work out?”, “What if I fail after I have poured in all the hard work?” These self-talks will destroy your motivation.
5. Fail to produce results.
After you have put in all your effort and time and if you are not seeing any result, highly likely, you will feel dejected and inferior. This is when your motivation starts to wane.
Another thing you have to understand is that success is a long journey, and not a short sprint. And because of this, we have to endure and hustle through all the good and bad times that for sure will come.
.......to be continued in next part
Credits: The article is taken from stunningmotivation.com