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5 Ways to Overcome Motivation’s Biggest Demotivators

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.

1. Ingratitude

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.

2. Envy

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:

  • Do you rejoice in the face of others’ successes or become overcome with jealousy?
  • When a peer fails, are you relieved or sharing in their grief?

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.

3. Impatience

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:

  • Start out by creating a “master list” of all the important projects you have to get through.
  • For each “master item” create a sub list of smaller, actionable tasks.
  • Set up your “master list” in order of priority or set due dates for their completion.
  • Sync the decided upon due dates to your calendar or simply check off each item, as you go.

The key to tackling impatience: focus on one thing at a time AND allow yourself to take breaks.

4. Overwhelm

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:

  • Start small by asking yourself what distractions you can subtract from your routine; social media, television, procrastination, hobbies, etc.
  • Figure out how you can limit them, so you can curb your overwhelm.
  • Avoid a “cold turkey” or elimination approach, as it’s not sustainable.
  • Ask for help: is there anyone you can turn to who can subtract from your work/responsibility load and lend a helping hand?
  • Just get started. Take on small, easy tasks first, while you build motivation and confidence to tackle the bigger items.

5. Loss of Meaning

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.

  • Don’t make any rash decisions in your moment of emotional uncertainty.
  • Take a critical view of your career and identify how it can be tweaked or changed. How can you become better at your job, so it might create more and new opportunities?
  • Is there a training course or conference you could take part in, which might offer a new perspective?
  • Can you take on new clients, new projects or collaborate with a colleague?
  • Focus on the work you’re doing, rather than the reason behind it.
  • Consider you may have been overthinking it all along.

What is your biggest demotivator? Have you been able to overcome it and see results?

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