6 Ways To Regain Your Motivation

The struggles of leadership can tear you down if you’re not ready for the day and what is coming at you. This is why you need to be motivated.

Finding the key to your motivation can be a lifesaver in leadership. You can go to your well of motivation and keep plucking it out of there.

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Motivation will kick you in the butt. It’ll be the thing that tells you “You can do this!” when you don’t want to. Motivation is the key to getting things done.

But what do you do if you’ve lost your motivation to lead? You have to regain your motivation. The following 6 tips will help you regain your motivation.

6 Ways To Regain Your Motivation

1. Pause what you’re working on:

You can lose your motivation because you’ve been working on the same thing for an extended period of time. After spending too much time on a project, you can lose your motivation because it is all you see.

Press the pause button on your project.

Pausing what you’re working on can help you step outside of your current bubble and regain your perspective and motivation. Use your time away from your stuck project to try something new. Even if it is only a five-minute break.

2. Talk with someone:

Motivation loss can come from isolation. You’re head down, nose to the grindstone, tucked away in your office by yourself. All of your attention is focused on what is happening right in front of you.

You forget that you need mental stimulation from those you work with and lead.

I want to suggest you get out of your isolated office and go talk to someone. Bounce ideas off of one another.

I do this on a regular basis with my friend, Jeff. He and I will share what we’re working on and what we’re struggling with. Know what happens when we’re done talking? We’re motivated and ready to tackle the project that has been nagging us. Try it. I bet you’ll experience the same!

3. Get active:

One of my favorite ways to regain my motivation is to get active. Getting active for me looks like a good run, maybe 4-5 miles.

The run will get my blood flowing. It gets me outside. And it allows me to think through the issue in a new environment.

Getting active can be the kickstart to regaining your motivation.

4. Shelve the project you’re working on:

Take a look at the project you’re working on. Is it mission-critical or is it a time-waster? You may discover the project that is draining your energy isn’t crucial to you, your organization, or to the person who asked for it.

Be willing to shelve projects that are draining you. They may not be as vital as you thought they were when you began working on the project.

5. Delegate more tasks:

Leadership can be overwhelming. Your team constantly comes and asks you to do this, then that, and there’s this thing as well.

You have to be discerning in the tasks you personally take on. They may not be a responsibility in your wheelhouse.

Look at the tasks you have. What tasks can be delegated to someone who is better suited to accomplish it? See if they’re willing to tackle the task and free you to do more life-giving tasks.

6. Quit every night:

It’s 6 PM. You’re ready to head home and call it a night. You feel the day drug on, was an epic success, or fell somewhere in-between.

Regardless of how you feel when you head home, I’ve found one way to regain my motivation for the next day. It is for me to quit every night.

I mentally tell myself “I’m done. I quit.”

Does this sound strange? It did to me too when I first began to quit every night. Yet, quitting every night helped me to realize the honor it is to go in and work hard.

By quitting every night, I make the choice to go back in the morning. I am able to tell myself “I control this. I’ve got this. It is my choice.”

Regaining your control over your situation can also help you regain your motivation. Don’t doubt the power of quitting until you’ve given it a try.

Question: What are you doing to regain your motivation? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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