Now and then, there comes a day or time where you feel truly unmotivated. Even with the best intentions, demotivation creeps up on us.
In a compelling article from the StartupBros, we learn about the “7 Motivation Murderers”, which are notorious for killing motivation and keeping us from fulfilling our purpose.
In this article, we’ll talk about five common demotivators that can be particularly harmful for financial advisors and how to overcome them.
Ingratitude focuses on what we believe should be or what is missing. Ingratitude ignores all the positive going-ons of your life and hones in on what is missing. The result of ingratitude can be a total unwillingness to do work because it feels utterly pointless.
Try this: Make a gratitude jar. Write down your gratitude on a slip of paper and drop it into your gratitude jar.
Whenever you feel unmotivated or like you aren’t getting the things you deserve, pluck a slip from your gratitude jar and be reminded of what you have to be grateful for.
Envy is the unrealistic ideals of someone else’s life. It deceives you by making you believe all grass is greener, other than your own. Yet, the only life worth living, worrying or caring about is yours.
Fussing over what others have, what they’ve accomplished and where that leaves you in comparison, is an unprecedented waste of your time and energy — it also doesn’t achieve results. Envy tricks you into believing you want what you don’t have.
Try this: Notice your reactions:
If you’re waiting for the failure of another to validate your successes, you’ll be waiting for the wrong things.
What’s more, your motivation will take on a negative energy; where you should be surrounding yourself with inspiring, successful, ambitious individuals, you may lead with a “keep your friends close and enemies’ closer” attitude.
Limit your exposure to the “highlight reels” of your peers, such as social media, and focus on yourself, your work and your future.
Impatience causes us to rush and hurry through tasks, ultimately leading to poor performance and a job half-done.
Multitasking is a result of impatience — when has that ever worked out? When we become impatient, our brains turn into a disorganized scatter of thoughts, anxieties and insecurities, thus deeply affecting quality.
The obvious truth is this: quality and impatience cannot coexist.
Try this: For financial advisors and business owners, making a roadmap to success is important for keeping your many responsibilities and tasks in check. Map out what you need to get done and when:
The key to tackling impatience: focus on one thing at a time AND allow yourself to take breaks.
Overwhelm is fear-driven emotion and can be debilitating for many. When there’s EVERYTHING to do, how do you get started with any of it?
You may have felt riddled with the anxiety of the sheer volume of work ahead of you, with no clear definition of how you’re actually going to get it done.
Truth be told, overwhelm is perhaps the worst motivation murderer, as it paralyzes you against action.
Try this: Think of it like a simple equation: rather than adding, adding, adding, start subtracting:
Have you ever thought, “What am I doing? How did I get here?” Often it’s a building nag, where you may realize your line of work is utterly unsuitable to your personality.
We crave meaning in life, a purpose, a why. Without passion and purpose, it is hard to stay motivated.
Try this: Don’t abandon all hope; you might be in a rut or it could be a more persistent problem.
What is your biggest demotivator? Have you been able to overcome it and see results?
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