5 Ways To Get Your Momentum Back

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Most of us go through stages when we lose our motivation and momentum. You know, the times when your energy and motivation are just depleted.

When this happens the excitement in life is gone as well as the spring in our step. Everything about life is a bit more negative than usual and we struggle to find the energy or focus to make progress towards our goals.

How do we recover from such a situation?

Here are five tips to get back on track and find your rhythm again and get unstuck.

Take a break from what you are doing and do something different – If you’ve been focused on a particular task for a long time and have lost the will to keep going, try something different. It could be something trivial or a simple task that you haven’t had time for, but by distracting yourself with an alternative activity, you may find that your energy and enthusiasm returns for your original task.

Talk to someone – Sometimes, the simple act of conversing with another person can put things in perspective for you and help you to get back on track. I go through a weekly cycle where my Mondays are a huge challenge to get going and up to speed.  Every Monday night I have a regular call with a friend and usually after that call I am fired up for the rest of the week. It works.

Read something inspiring –  There are some terrific books out there that can help to restore your motivation and re-stoke the fires within.  And don’t just read them, highlight them, verbally agree with them and apply the principles in them. Nearly every non-fiction book that I own (and some non-fiction as well) are highlighted or have the key passages or phrases underlined in red. Many times when I need inspiration I pick up the appropriate book and re-read all of the highlights to get back on track.

Work out – Exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood. In addition, I know there are times when I’ve had great ideas whilst exercising that helped restore my confidence and get the breakthrough that I was looking for. Most of my best ideas come from when I am out running. Also there are many days when nothing seems to be flowing, those days happen, and I know that if I get a good workout in that I can always focus on that positive for that day and after that things do turn around.

Get a good night’s sleep – I understand that this can be a challenge for some people, but there is little doubt that having proper sleep patterns will impact your mood. I have never been a good sleeper, but when I don’t get enough sleep, especially over a long period of time it shows. I know it and everyone around me knows it.

Energy waxes and wanes for all of and at times we are not as motivated or “fired-up” as we would like to be. Ride the downward trend if you have to but always try to arrest it if possible and get going again. Hopefully the five tips shared here will help.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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