What do you do when you’ve lost your drive?

No matter how much you love what you do, there will definitely be times when you feel like you’ve lost your motivation and drive. We’re all human, after all, and we all get tired. There are moments when you’ll simply be unmotivated to do anything at all.

It can be scary when this happens but the good news is that it’s not permanent. There are many things you can do to recover your drive and feel that burning passion again. Here are a few tips to help you regain that drive:

Take on Smaller Tasks First

Sometimes, the reason behind feeling unmotivated is that you’re overwhelmed with the responsibilities you’ve been given or taken upon yourself. To get around this, try breaking up your tasks into smaller ones and accomplish them in order of priority. This way, each task you finish will feel like a victory and this can then serve as fuel for reigniting your drive.

Taking on smaller tasks also means that you don’t get tired as quickly. It’s also a great way to avoid procrastination. A small task doesn’t feel as overwhelming and you’re therefore less likely to put it off.

Talk to a Career Coach

There are times when all you need to get back on track is a bit of a pep talk. Your friends and family can give you this, but you can also take it a step further and work with a holistic career coach. Beyond motivating you, a career coach can also help you discover your life’s true purpose. This can help you understand your contribution towards the greater good, and in turn, feel more fulfilled.

A career coach can also give you a fresh perspective and transform the way you see your job, your passions, and, most importantly, yourself.

Identify Your Fears (So You Can Overcome Them)

Another possible reason for your feelings of demotivation is fear. It is important to know exactly what you’re afraid so you can overcome this obstacle. Try to meditate so that you can reflect on your fears and find out what it’s “saying” to you. Often, you’ll discover that your fears aren’t really true or that the consequences aren’t as dire as you thought they were.

If you’re having difficulties doing this by yourself, you can work with a career coach. Sometimes, you need an unbiased opinion from an outsider that your friends or family simply can’t provide. With a career coach working with you, you can tackle the problem at its roots and receive objective feedback and advice.

Distract Yourself

You might feel guilty for not doing anything when you’ve lost your drive, but it’s actually a good thing. Stop chasing your dreams for a moment. Take a break and distract yourself. Put some distance between you and your work so you can do something else that makes you happy.

Don’t feel guilty when you’re distracting yourself, too. Everybody needs a break every now and then to rest and rejuvenate their mind, body, and spirit. You’ll be surprised at the renewed energy and drive you’ll feel once you’ve taken a break.

Don’t Force It

Another automatic response you might have when you’re feeling unmotivated is to force yourself to get something done. This is definitely counterintuitive because you cannot feel fulfilled if you feel doing work under duress or if you doing things for the sake of doing them. Even if you do accomplish something, you’ll feel miserable because your heart wasn’t in it.

If you’ve lost your drive, it’s better to stop for a while and take a break. Sometimes, you need to let yourself be carried along and trust that the situation will resolve. Perhaps, along the way, you’ll encounter inspiration and motivation in another form.

Be Grateful

It can be a little difficult to feel grateful at a time when you’ve just lost your drive and motivation. However, realising just how blessed you are might just be the key to regain your passion for life and what you do. Count your blessings; even the smallest ones. Make a gratitude list and express to the people around you how thankful you are for their support.

It’s perfectly fine to try to understand what you think is wrong or lacking. In fact, this can help you figure out the next steps you have to take. However, don’t lose sight of what you already have. It’s important to appreciate what you have now and realise that you do have what it takes to achieve more in the future.

Remember that no one is expected to always perform at 100%. It’s normal to be a little less productive at times. However, you should also keep in mind that nothing is set in stone. Everything will change, including your less-than-stellar state of mind.

Hopefully, the tips indicated above can help you recover your lost drive and guide you towards fulfilling your dreams and purpose.


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