It’s not unusual to have the occasional burn out during your course of work, life, or during a specific task. Even while pursuing projects and activities we love, the routine can get overwhelming for us and can lead to a momentary loss of steam. External motivators, like money and praise, can sustain you for a while but on some very tough days, you need tremendous inner strength to survive.
Here’s a short guide on how to attain that:
Build a support system: You are not alone. Find and commune with like-minded people. A group of like-minded people will boast your drive when your motivation becomes shaky. Whether it’s personal or professional, being a part of a community is a great way to build your inner drive. A supportive community will also invigorate you and get you excited to work, not just help you grudgingly push through your to-do lists. Networking events within your industry (and outside it), co-working spaces and groups or even a supportive online forum can be a fantastic help if you need some work-related motivation.
Journal regularly: Journaling isn’t just a good way to document your journey; it’s also a way for you to de-clutter your mind of all thoughts and feelings on paper so you can focus on the things that really matters. You can script your plans in your journal, list things you’re grateful for or record what you’ve achieved throughout the week. Had a bad work day? Write it out — your journal won’t judge. Did something inspire you? Write it down to save for later! Once you’ve written in your journal for a while, you’ll find you have a clearer head, and you can flip back or scroll through the pages to reminisce later on.
Look back: If there’s only one time to look back, this is it. Look back on your success stories of the past. Remind yourself of times when you survived, overcame challenges, surprised yourself and use those instances to draw strength in your own abilities and fighting power. Don’t underestimate your own resilience.
Practice optimism: A popular quote by Mahatma Gandhi says “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.” If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
Your attitude makes up most of your ability to reach a goal. Of course, optimism alone won’t lead to success — you still have to gather resources and put in the effort — but it’ll help you immensely in getting there. Practice optimism by always looking at the bright side. A strong inner drive will keep you moving when you feel yourself losing steam.
Educate others: Taking out time to educate people has some personal benefits. Sometimes you don’t realize exactly how much you know until you have to teach it to someone else – a big confidence boost. When you educate others, whether it’s a single person or a packed workshop, you’re acknowledging that you’re successful enough to be considered a reliable source of wisdom in that area. People will come to you when they have a question on your favorite subject, and that’s motivation enough to brush up on your skills and keep working toward your goals. It’s reassuring to know that you’ve gotten far enough to teach others to succeed as you have, but it’s also a reminder to push yourself a little harder to live up to what’s expected of you by many.