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7 Ways To Overcome Motivation Declines

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7 Ways To Overcome Motivation Declines
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7 Ways to Overcome Motivation Declines- No matter who you are and at what level you compete, what is certain is that you will have moments when you will feel the so-called "motivation drops". Even the most capable and successful people experience moments when they feel de-motivated. However, it is the way they deal with this "inactive" time that keeps them going and helps them accomplish great things.

Motivation is one of the keys that drives us to act and keeps us moving every day. If we lack motivation, we will tend to procrastinate the things that should be done. In the end, the risk is to completely abandon the project on which we had worked so hard.

Fortunately, there are solutions to this and a good sports psychologist can support you to better deal with physiological drops in motivation. Let's see together now some small tricks that we can start to put into practice to overcome a transitional moment of decline in motivation.

1. Remember why you wanted to start doing what you're doing

The reasons you do something are the driving force behind everything you do.
When you don't feel any motivation, it's because the reason behind what you're doing isn't strong enough. Think about it, why do people stop smoking? Most of the time, people stop smoking because they have a strong reason, if they continue to smoke, they could suffer from serious health problems and they could lose their loved ones.

Then why do you do what you do? Do you know why you want to achieve your goals and goals? Make sure your reasons are strong and emotional. When you don't feel any motivation, think about what you want to do it for.

2. Imagine success if you do and feel regret if you don't

Ah, the visualization, does it work? Yes, it works, but only if you're willing to work on it. The visualization is a very powerful tool that is available to us and is free. You can think and imagine what you want, anywhere and whenever you want. If you think the display doesn't work, try to imagine vividly that you go into the kitchen, open the fridge door, see a big yellow lemon and pull it out. After that take a knife and cut in half the large yellow lemon.

Imagine this vividly and as detailed as possible. After cutting the lemon, take the middle and squeeze the lemon that the juice drops into your mouth. Feel the pressure of your hand, listen to the sound of compression and imagine that the sour lemon juice enters your mouth. Now, do you feel more saliva in your mouth or anything?

Chances are, if you see vividly, you'll have more saliva in your mouth. Come on, this is just visualization and it's not real, but why did you have more saliva in your mouth? That's because your mind can't differentiate what's real and what's not. Your mind can only see it, but it can't tell if it's real.

This is what makes the visualization such a powerful tool. Think about it, if your dream is to ride a beautiful bike, imagine the vivid image of you driving. Imagine the pattern you want, the color, the sensations when you sit down, and hear the roar of the engine roaring.

The point is this: when you imagine and visualize things in your mind, you will feel motivated to do so. When you dream of the bike you want, you will create motivation from the inside. Try to do it when you feel like procrastinating and try to see what changes.

3. Create a support environment

Do you know that your environment can affect your mood? Similarly, the people around you can affect your mood.

There's a saying that says, "You're going to be the people you're going to mix with." If you always mix with successful people who love challenges and commitment, you'll learn what it's like to be resilient.  This is how you can become motivated and you can use your environment to increase your energy level. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with negative people you risk absorbing their de-motivation and observing the world through their pessimistic vision.

4. Change your physiology and stay in action

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Movement creates emotion. Whenever you feel down and have no motivation to do your job, it changes your physiology. Try this exercise. Try to feel sad and desperate, think about all the sad things that have happened to you and notice your physiology. How do you breathe? Are your shoulders up or are they bent? What about your facial expression? What about your gaze?

When you are in a sad state, your physiology will remain in a certain way. On the contrary, if you feel good and energetic, your physiology will also be in a certain way. Most people when they feel good and are motivated have a faster breath, their gestures are active, they speak faster and the look is lively and focused.

When you change your physiology, you will also change your mood. Therefore, if you do not want to stay in an emotional state that is not helpful, try noting your physiology and modifying it accordingly.

5. Search for motivational stimuli on the outside

Reading a book, listening to music, or watching something inspiring can get you back at a faster pace. What you can do is spend at least 30 minutes each day reading an inspiring book every morning before you start the day. This way, you'll make sure you get off to a good start in the right state, and you'll be able to face the day even if it's a tough day.

Video and audio can also be very useful. For example, when you're down and don't feel any motivation, try watching something inspiring on YouTube or listen to motivational speeches or exciting experiences of people who have achieved their small or great success.
The best way is to still position yourself in the right mindset and the right state before you start the day.

6. Dream big, start small and act right away

This is a very powerful principle if you apply it in your life. When you dream, you have to dream big so that your dream can inspire you. However, when you start, you need to start small if you want to turn it into a daily habit.

When your motivation is gone; start with the little things. Once you start acting, motivation will come and you will be able to continue to do more, triggering a virtuous circle that goes beyond the inertia of de-motivation.

Take the small steps and gradually increase from thereon. For example, if you want to train five days a week, try planning and starting small. Even if it's only five minutes a day, the important thing is to start doing it. Once the engine starts, it gradually increases inertia and moves to the highest level.

7. Take a break

Sometimes you can just take a break. Remember, success is not a destination; it's a journey you have to travel for a long time. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Many people trade success with something exceptional and quick. The truth is the opposite.

Almost all successful people who have achieved amazing results can do so because they persist long enough, act consistently and, of course, never give up. It is not something that can be created in a few days, not in weeks or even months. True success takes years to build.

Therefore, be sure to rest enough and take a break when you need to. You have to understand your skills and how much you can do. If you've done your job, you can get rewarded and take a break. You will notice that after resting you will feel more energetic, more motivated, and ready to get back in the game.

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