We have big dreams and we make bigger plans to fulfill them. But, as time passes, we tend to lose motivation and enthusiasm in working towards our dreams and passions. Eventually, we become more like a puppet who works from 9 to 5 just to make enough money for survival.
Does this sound like you? Are you simply existing and not living your life? Has life’s ups and downs taken away the spark from you?
It’s high-time to kick off the negativity and stress that have been controlling your life. It’s time to break the barriers, come out of the cocoon and win control over your life.
1Pen down your discomforts and fears now
What is draining your motivation? Is it the next presentation that you have to deliver at work? Or the inability to get along with the others in the office?
Don’t let the fear of failure or anxiety of the future overpower you. Instead, face them with valor and courage.
However, before you can actually work on them, you’ll have to identify your fears. You’ll have to write down your anxieties, challenges and setbacks in life on a piece of paper. Another way is to draw a circle and write your comforts inside it. Your fears and discomforts, meanwhile, should be outside the circle. This will help you realize your actual position at work.
Once you do this process, you will become aware of your shortcomings and weak points. You’ll be able to address them and minimize their effects in your life.
2Begin with baby steps
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Similarly, the greatest things in the world have been accomplished with small steps. In essence, this means you don’t have to do everything at once. All you need to do is to take the baby step right now!
Take this, for example:
If you have been thinking of going to the gym, then just make the commitment to fulfill it by tonight or tomorrow morning. Don’t overburden yourself with the thought that you have to go to the gym for the next three months. If you have fallen in the habit of procrastinating things at work, then take a pledge to complete today’s work. Don’t make a week’s schedule and lower your enthusiasm.
Start afresh and start small. Once you start taking small steps, you will find your momentum building up and things will start falling into place gradually. Taking a little step towards your goal is the first sign of success. It will take away the fear, sense of insecurity and anxiety in you.
3Re-visit your interests and passions
If you are too tired of working in the same pattern, then it’s time to kick off the boredom.
Remember the day you started working in your current organization?
There must have been something that made the job exciting for you. With the right approach, you’ll be able to restore that motivation.
It’s time to revisit your diary where you have written your interests and passions about your work. Identify those moments that made you feel excited the most about your job. And find what kept your energy high during those days.
For some people, playing with the code is fun. For others, a traveling job is all they want. Whatever your passion is, take a moment and find it.
The purpose of recognizing your passion is just to make you aware that life has a greater purpose than a particular event or job. You can still achieve your dreams or excel at workplace no matter what stage of life you are in.
4Don’t rest until you are done
The key to making the most of your day is to work and work a little more till you are dead tired. Often, people waste a little bit too much of time in planning and then analyzing it.
In order to come out of your comfort zone and kill your fears, you just need to stretch a little beyond your capabilities and continue to work until you reach your 100%.
But, remember, don’t be dishonest with yourself. You are well-aware of your own capability and strengths and you can definitely do wonders. But, you will have to be true to yourself and keep pushing your limits.
5Meditate to realize your real potential
“No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation- Walter Bagehot”
Meditation is the way to increase productivity at work, rekindle that lost enthusiasm and keep yourself motivated. You cannot win outer battles at work with an agitated mind. Thus, meditation is the secret recipe to keep yourself motivated and happy. It will help you channel your energy towards a positive direction and boost your confidence.
Take some time to meditate for 15 to 20 minutes twice in a day and keep rolling and rocking.
Each of us has that positivity inside us which serves as the source of our great ideas and accomplishments in the world. All we need is to exert more effort in finding motivation so we can achieve our ultimate goals and passion in life.
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Vartika Kashyap runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. She is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2016. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.