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Feeling Unmotivated – Find Inspiration

Feeling unmotivated? Here is a plan of action that will put you on a course to regain your zest for life.  When you have the zest for life you can dream and make it happen.

Has your motivation been absent lately? Do you feel unmotivated about your job or your business? Use the following tips to help bring your inspiration back.

Here are 8 tips for getting you out of your rut.

  1. Read Profiles of Successful People

Get inspiration from people who have gone through the pain and effort of what you want to accomplish. Use their success, and more importantly, their failures, to draw inspiration from.  No successful person does it alone. Follow their example and find a person or group of people that are trying to accomplish the same goal you have. Being part of a mastermind group will change your feeling unmotivated.

  1. Open Your Eyes to People Around You

    Feeling Unmotivated It is Time for Change

    Feeling Unmotivated

Getting caught up in your day-to-day activities is so easy that you don’t see what others around them are doing. Many times, these other people are doing extraordinary things, and we can use them for our own inspiration. You can do this both at work and in your community. People are always doing amazing things. It just takes some observation to see it.

  1. Revisit Your Own Past

Most people have accomplishments they have forgotten about. Try to remember what you have done in the past that excited and inspired you. Sometimes, just thinking about them can inspire you for your present life.

  1. Keep a Journal

You cannot plan when inspiration is going to pay you a visit. When you get an inspiring idea, if you don’t write it down, you will forget. Carry a small notebook with a pen attached. You could also use a smartphone for this purpose. Just make sure you carry it around with you wherever you go. Taking this action will remove your feeling unmotivated. At the end of your day put these ideas in your journal.

  1. Rely on Hard Work

Inspiration alone will not get much done. We call people that have inspiration without applying action to the inspiration dreamers. When you work hard at something, you will find the work itself inspires you. People find different ways to do things simply by performing the tasks in their job. Sometimes, they try something they haven’t tried before, and it works out in ways they would never have imagined. This only happens because they chose to work hard at their jobs.

  1. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

This requires you to get rid of the phrase “that is not in my job description”. If you interrupt your brain from its normal way of thinking, it will think in ways you have never thought about before. When feeling unmotivated try to step outside your comfort zone. Do activities that you, and others, would not consider normal for you. When you do this, you are causing your brain to generate new neural pathways and change happens.

  1. Watch Videos on YouTube

Try to find videos that are inspirational or teach something. This is not about watching videos of cats playing with each other or doing other cute things. There are plenty of stories about people who have overcome adversity. This gets the creative process flowing.

  1. Make Lemonade out of Lemons
    Granted, this is a bit cliché. But, the message is clear. Try to always turn problems into opportunities. You will never know until you try.

ACTIONABLE STEPS

  1. Read two books in the next couple of weeks about successful people.
  2. Think about a failure you have had in the past year or so. What was the outcome of that failure? What would you do differently if you were given the chance to do it over? Record your answers so that you can refer to them in the future.
  3. Visit The Good Life Mall and join in a forum discussion and comment on two blog articles. 

 

Butterfly Struggle Story

Worm Gets Idea

Struggle is Good!   I Want to Fly!

Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first, the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!

The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

            But neither happened!

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.

As you go through school, and life, keep in mind that struggling is an important part of any growth experience. In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to fly.

As instructors, our gift to you is stronger wings…

via Butterfly Struggle Story