Working Hard With No Results? 5 Simple Steps To Re-motivate Yourself


You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, effort and money to achieve your goal.

You’ve even sacrificed your favorite TV shows, shopping, dating, and your sleep. You utterly, wholeheartedly want to succeed.

And yet your results seem insignificant.

It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

But remember this: “Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat.”

It’s not the time to give up yet.

Here are 5 simple steps to revive your motivation and keep going.

1) Rest

“When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams

You have been striving hard for so long. If you feel you can’t go any further, stop, rest, and travel. Detach yourself from seeking for solutions, forget those miseries, and just have fun. Besides refreshing yourself, you may even gain new insights and inspirations.

2) Revise

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

Of course you have a target. But it’s easy to lose focus when you’re too busy working on your plans. Revise again – What’s the reason that you want to reach the goal? Write and rewrite it on papers. Then imagine the excitement and contentment when you finally succeed. Keep that fire and march on.

3) Change

“Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.” – Unknown

Don’t just work hard without reflection, you are not a cow. If things don’t turn out well, dwell on other possibilities. You can observe others’ strategies or ask your friends for suggestions. Most importantly, dare to make changes, reflect, and improve again. Continuous trying brings progress.

4) Believe

“If a goal or dream is slow in coming, envision it on a delivery truck, just a wee bit stuck in traffic, but still headed toward you.” – Karen Salmansohn

If you start to doubt your abilities, you have lost half of the battle. This is because you will tend to put less effort, passion, and love to your work. To gain confidence, praise yourself for managing to come this far. You’re halfway there. Don’t worry about failure; just do your best.

5) Patience

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

Understand that great things take time. After all, an oyster needs around 7 years to make a pearl. So don’t feel sorry for yourself, and avoid comparing yourself to other people’s achievements. The truth is that there’s no overnight success. You need to go through this journey filled with challenges, trials, and errors to become smarter and better. Just carry on, persist!

You see, sometimes what you need is just a change of attitude and approach to help you get over the hump and be ready to keep fighting for your goal.

Do you have other tips to pick yourself up? Please share with us in the comments.

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  2. These are straight-forward, effective ideas for charging up your motivation for another battle! Great stuff!

    The biggest threat to your motivation is hitting a plateau. Moving forward or even backwards in the wrong direction has never been a problem getting people motivated, it's when you continue to work hard and see no results that makes so many want to quit.

    The challenge is acknowledging the plateau you've hit and finding you're way off it. A physical plateau, goes up, across, and back down. You get there on top by taking initiative and action, but the top of the plateau is a completely different environment from the climb up, you're old ways won't work in this new territory. You need to do something different.

    A plateau doesn't rise in elevation, it's a giant, flat, surface where you're only options are to stay where you are, or to go back down and give up. If you want to continue going up, you gotta get off the plateau, you have to learn to fly.

    That's why so few ever really make it off the plateau, looking over the edge and seeing no other way than down will take a toll on anyone's motivation to succeed. It's the people crazy enough to believe they can actually fly that right off the edge, flapping their wings like hell, that find a way to take themselves to a whole new elevation.

    To get where you've never been you have to do things you've never done. It's up to you to find ways to always be charging up your motivation so that when everyone else quits you're still there learning how to fly.

    • Thanks George, great advice! I definitely agree with you. We need to take risk and dare to try to break through the plateau.

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  4. It's important to use the time that you are stuck on the plateau, or waiting for your delivery truck to break through traffic, to learn as much as you can. Then you can feel that you aren't wasting the time spent there. When your breakthrough comes you can look back on all you learned during those times. I've seen this over and over in my own life. Those times I thought I was stuck, I was just becoming super prepared for the next thing when it happened. Great blog post!

    • That's brilliant, Michelle. Keep learning to improve ourselves and prepare for the next challenge. Thanks for your feedback 🙂


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