Fired Up: How to Stay Motivated – Part 6

Motivation has enemies: things that negatively impact your motivation. And to stay motivated, you must become aware of what these are and protect yourself from them. These enemies can be subtle. Yet, they’re powerful.

Lack of Sleep

Sleep deprivation affects your state and thus, your motivation. Mountains that stand in your way seem bigger and harder to overcome when you’re tired. And your willpower is weaker. Proper sleep boosts your energy and thus, your motivation.

The next time you’re extremely tired, see how it affects your level of motivation, and you’ll see that you struggle the simplest of tasks. Better, try not even get there. Make sure your body gets plenty of sleep (and nutrients and fluids) so that it operates efficiently.

Bad Company

Mindsets and attitudes are contagious. If you spend your time in bad company, it will quench your motivation. It’s that simple.

Whom you spend your time with matters.

Think about the people you spend most of your time with. Are they motivated people who are committed to doing great work in the world? Or are they going nowhere? If they are the latter, you may have tough decisions to make. Surround yourself with people you inspire you.

Stale Routine

Life gets busy and it’s easy to get stuck in a stale routine. And while you’re spinning in the hamster, you lose track of your goals and dreams. Keep that up for long enough, you lose your zest and become a “zombie”.

Inspiring goals ignite your motivation. Thus, never stop challenging yourself to pursue meaningful goals. This will keep the fire of your motivation lit up.

When you settle, thinking you’ve arrived, you lose your edge.

Get this. You never arrive. Life is a journey, not a destination—at least not until you die. As I said, never stop challenging yourself. You stop growing, you decline and die. Never get complacent. Always strive to be better and do better.

Lack of sleep, bad company, and stale routine are enemies you must conquer if you’re to remain motivated to pursue your goals and dreams.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.