You don’t want to get out of bed. You stare at the ceiling, attempting to muster motivation to do things that you have zero interest in. When you get to work, you stare at the tasks you have to do and you feel totally overwhelmed. After work isn’t much better. You prefer to sprawl on the couch, watching TV, than tackling chores around the house or even spending time with your family.
While you may wonder why you are lagging so much in life, you need to understand that this is not your fault. You are not lazy, or stupid, or a waste. Instead, you are simply unmotivated. You have given up your own power over your life in order to feel more secure. Something is preventing a fire from growing in your heart and fueling your energy.
You should change your attitude and take power back over your life. You possess more power over your mind and your feelings than you think. One of the easiest ways to do this is through meditation designed to awaken your motivation. There are many meditations that can successfully awaken your inner drive.
Why Do You Lose Motivation?
There are a number of things that kill motivation. If you are feeling uninspired and unhappy, you should found out why. Once you know why, you will be able to focus on the problem in meditation in order to cure it.
The number one killer of motivation is not appreciating what you have. When you are constantly comparing yourself to others and lusting after what they have instead of feeling grateful for what you have, you run into the problem of no longer enjoying what you are doing. You feel that you are lacking and not making progress. As a result, you may become unmotivated.
Lack of urgency or necessity can remove your will to do something. If you don’t feel the need to get something done, then you won’t be motivated. You need some sort of push. This push may be the promise of a reward, or it may be the promise of disaster if you don’t meet your goals.
Another motivation killer is impatience. You think that things will happen overnight. When you find out that you need to take some time and let projects or goals develop, or when you find out that things are going to be a lot harder than you anticipated, you may start to feel frustrated.
Sometimes, you lose sight of your goals and purpose. You get so caught up in the grind that you totally forget why you started doing something in the first place. Your project or dream starts to lose meaning, and so you lose interest in it.
Waiting too long to take action on something can also mess up your motivation. It is best to act right away, when you have momentum. Taking your sweet time can actually be detrimental.
Finally, you may just be in a position where your life does not suit you anymore. You have been trudging down the wrong road for a while. You may hate your job, or you may be in an unhappy relationship. Being unhappy quickly kills your motivation and sends you into an energetic stasis. This stasis can rapidly turn into depression, where you don’t even want to get out of bed.
Fight Lack of Motivation
It is important to first narrow down the cause of your lack of motivation. From there, you can start to tackle the problem. Don’t let lack of motivation corrode your excitement and your life; keep positive and psyched for everything that you do. If you are stuck in a mire of lack of motivation, then you can use a series of great meditations to pull yourself out and make your life exhilarating again.
First of all, understand that you have a lot of power. Meditation enables you to speak to your own inner mind and influence yourself one way or another. Telling yourself to be positive and motivated during meditation will work. You can take power over your own mind and make yourself feel a fresh lust for life.
Don’t let the gravity of life and routine drag you down. Don’t give toxic things, like envy or inaction, get the better of you. You can beat these killers of motivation by choice. Then you can reaffirm that choice in your own mind through motivation meditation.
Meditations You Can Perform
The first step to meditating is to clear a spot for your practice. You need to have somewhere that is quiet and comfortable, where you won’t be interrupted or distracted. You can use your bedroom, office, a park, a forest, or any other place that is peaceful. You can meditate at any time when you don’t have other pressing commitments that will cut into your thoughts and keep you distracted.
Now, sit or lie down comfortably. Be careful not to let yourself fall asleep! Meditation can be incredibly relaxing, but it entails being fully conscious. If you fall asleep, you defeat the purpose of this meditation.
Start to focus on your breath. Pay attention to each exhalation and inhalation. Don’t let your mind wander. This calms your restless thoughts and puts you in touch with your inner conscious.
At this point, when your heartbeat slows and you gain complete control over your thoughts, you are able to start speaking to yourself. You can really motivate and inspire yourself by telling yourself positive and motivational affirmations. Try finding a mantra that you can recite whenever your motivation lags and you need to perform this meditation. Say something like “I am motivated” or “I will complete this task. I will take joy in accomplishing this task.”
Speaking to your inner mind requires a bit of finesse. Avoid saying phrases like “Don’t do this” and instead say “Do this”. Your mind doesn’t pay attention to the word “Don’t” so using it can be dangerous. Use action verbs and speak in the present tense, letting your mind know that you want to start acting now. Speak to yourself kindly. You are your own worst critic, so don’t beat yourself up too much and kill your motivation yet more.
You can also focus on how to go about getting a task done. Say you are overwhelmed. Breaking things down into smaller tasks and finding a solid starting point is a great thing to explore in meditation. Let your mind come up with ideas on its own and develop these ideas when your mind is totally clear of other distracting thoughts. Meditation helps you get to know yourself, so it can really help you unlock internal wisdom or inspiration.
When to Use Motivation Meditation
The great thing about motivation meditation is that it does not take very long. You can enter this meditation at any time when your motivation is suffering. Consider entering this meditation in the morning when you don’t want to rise out of bed for work. Use it when you start to feel bored or overwhelmed at work. When you undertake a new project, use this meditation to prepare yourself for success.
You can do this meditation every day, or just when you need motivation. You can rely on this to get you out of a funk whenever you fall into one, however.
Start to take your power back. Inject power into your life and your daily routine so that you can get things done. Stop letting lack of motivation and inspiration get you down.
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