We all have days where we really just don’t have the motivation to keep pushing forward towards our goals; I for one, have plenty of those days where I am discouraged, overwhelmed, or unmotivated to press on towards my goals with stamina and vigor!
So, the question is… on days like these, how do we stay motivated?!?
Well, to put it simply, we can’t! No we can’t stay motivated all day every day because we were not meant to. And I’ve come to understand that it’s ok to have days where I’m really just not motivated to do anything.
The reason for this is that motivation is an emotion, and like all emotions, they are fickle. They are up one day and down the next. One day I can wake up and feel like I’m on top of the world and the very next day I may wake up and feel terrible! In fact this week for instance, I woke up on Monday feeling really discouraged and unmotivated for no particular reason and I spoke with my friend E about it and she was feeling the exact opposite of how I was feeling… Fast forward to today, I’m feeling super high, very motivated, I spoke with E earlier in the day and guess what? She was feeling the exact opposite.
This example alone goes to show that emotions can not be trusted and they are certainly not stable.
Instead of trying to stay motivated, I’ve learnt to make a COMMITMENT to do something and align my actions with that commitment whether I feel like it or not. And once I make a commitment, I surrender it to God and ask Him to give me the strength to do whatever it is that I need to do to make it happen.
So on days when I’m feeling unmotivated, I open my journal and re-read the goals that I wrote down and reflect on the commitments I made and why I made them in the first place. I remind myself that I can truly do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength, and that means ALL… BEING a woman, wife, mother, minister, entrepreneur, sister, friend, mentor, speaker … ALL! I understand that I can do all these things because of Christ who gives me the strength to not because I’m motivated or not.
We must recognize that one of Satan’s greatest tactics is to get us feeling discouraged and like a failure, because it is then that we will lack the determination to keep running the race and pressing on towards the goal. We must not fall into that trap!
Galatians 6:9 in AMPC version says “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”