We often look for motivation and overlook things that demotivate us. Motivation is not just about the presence of goals, purpose, energy and will. It is also about the absence of certain things. What are those things that kill your motivation? Where do you look for them?
Your surroundings. Clutter demotivates me even though I have to admit that my now 16-month-old baby desensitized me a bit to this aspect of my environment. A pile of blocks on the floor, a stack of old magazines to tear up and various squeaking things under my feet seem like a good bargain for a half-hour of uninterrupted work. Is there anything in your surroundings that demotivates you? Any annoying noises? An uncomfortable chair?
People. Negative people have a great ability to demotivate, and so do rude people. Limit your exposure to them if you can.
Low energy level. It’s hard to get excited about anything if you don’t have the energy. Shortage of sleep and exercise, illness, poor diet can all contribute to the lack of energy and motivation. Even eating a heavy meal can make you sluggish.
Stress and anxiety. While short-term stress can add to your motivation, prolonged stress will most definitely diminish it. And even though there are people who are motivated by fear, many of us find anxiety and negative thoughts demotivating.
Your leisurely pursuits. I am careful about what I watch and read. There are many things out there that put me in a sulky mood. On the other hand, being outdoors makes me more enthusiastic about things I need to do.
What demotivates you?