In search of motivation

We all tend to start the new year with enthusiasm and vigour. In the beginning, it’s easy to stay motivated because you’re running on that ‘new year’ energy. Then as the days and weeks pass you have to rely on your own motivation.

If you’re unable to make changes at any other point in the year, chances are January won’t be any different.

So, by the time February rolls around you’re back to your usual self wondering if long term change is possible.

The answer is yes, you just have to find what works for you.

That might mean signing up for something you have to pay for, making your goal part of your morning or evening routine or just starting as small as possible.

All good things must come to an end

When you know that something is coming to an end it can be easy to lose momentum and to lose interest. It can feel pointless to muster vigour and enthusiasm when you know that in a few weeks everything will be over.

But all good things must come to an end, it’s something we’ve all learnt a long time ago. Knowing that the end is near shouldn’t stop you from giving your best and putting in effort. In fact maybe knowing that it’ll be over soon should encourage you to keep showing up and giving your best.

Maintaining enthusiasm

I think it’s fair to say that most ideas begin with a bout of great enthusiasm.

But overtime, the enthusiasm dwindles. Sometimes the ideas we have take much more time, effort and dedication than we anticipated. Once the excitement of starting something new wears away, you’re just left with the work. if you’re not committed to following through, this is where things get difficult.

Maintaining enthusiasm is difficult when you’re more interested in the final result than doing what is required to get you there.

Anticipated perception

Sometimes we tailor what we say based on how we anticipate that our words will be received.

Sometimes it’s a conscious thing where you will intentionally not say what feels most honest or authentic. Instead you’ll say less, be more neutral and keep the enthusiasm to a minimum.

But perhaps you’re not quite aware that you’re holding back. Often when you’ve been doing something for a long time you take it on as a part of who you are. However, just because something becomes part of your identity, it doesn’t mean that it’s your truest self.