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The 5 strategies and guidelines to combat demotivation

The 5 strategies and guidelines to combat demotivation

October 5, 2022

It is very frequent that people who face long periods of preparation, planning or execution of projects (whether work or study) go through periods in which they have difficulty moving forward with the tasks. That is to say, they go through periods of time where they are demotivated ; they start the road with a lot of energy and little by little "they are losing bellows".

Motivation: an important concept in our lives

Motivation is the inner strength that people have and that helps us to initiate, maintain and increase a behavior. Since it is something fluctuating, we need to know how to implement our own strategies to motivate ourselves . In addition, individual differences in temperament and character (psychologists refer to it as 'personality traits') make some people more easily demotivated than others. Therefore, it is important that each person knows how to motivate themselves.


Five tips to increase your level of motivation

Below you have a total of five general tips that will help you recover your motivation . Remember that, since "each person is a world", it may be that some advice is more useful than another. Adapt the advice to your particular situation so that it is more effective.

1. Take a break

It is very important that, in the face of blockages, demotivation and apathy, let us take some time to "disconnect". We all have periods of doubt and demotivation. And in those days we have to combine our "goals" with activities that allow us to distract ourselves . That is, you have to achieve a balance between tasks that make you reach your goal and tasks that are recreational or enjoyable for you. Thus, you will be able to have a bird's eye view of what you are doing and what you are doing.


Remember: take a break and get away from the task when you get discouraged or find yourself blocked.

2. Concentrate on the positive details

It is important that we are able to enjoy and value the positive details . It is about us standing up to observe the positive achievements we have made. To have positive achievements, the secret is to set concrete and achievable goals. Achievements and successes, however small, help us move forward and allow us to learn from our strengths. That is, we must not only learn from our mistakes, we must also promote what makes us successful.

You can write in a folio or post-it those goals that you have reached to have them present and remember your abilities. Place this folio in view so you can always look at it.

3. Resume the meaning of your goal

Many times we are discouraged because routine makes us forget the reasons why we have undertaken a project . When you feel unmotivated, go back to the past and visualize or imagine what it is that has led you to want to take that path.


You have to remember the reasons that led you to want to reach that goal. This will help you motivate yourself, because it will make you connect with your personal desires and aspirations.

4. Rate your progress comparing yourself, do not compare yourself with others

The achievements and advances you have you should rate them based on where you were before and where you are now . It is about what values ​​all the areas that are part of your project, for example: skills and abilities that you have improved or gained, fears that you had before and no longer have, things that you now easily do and before they cost you a lot.

This is the correct way to assess your progress, compare yourself with your "I from the past". Comparing yourself with other people, whose circumstances are very different, is not a good idea and does not allow you to have an adequate perspective on your progress.

5. Make changes that enrich your routine: cultivate your divergent thinking

The divergent thinking is that the one that goes out of the normal, the daily and the routine; it's a kind of thinking that allows us to be more creative and more motivated . To cultivate this type of thinking we need to be in contact with different stimuli (visual, auditory) and to vary our routine.

It is about that to the extent of your possibilities, you are in contact with new ideas, trends, and activities. In this way you will awaken your creativity and generate new ways to face tasks with greater motivation.

It may interest you: "The 10 keys to enhance your creativity"

Extra key: perseverance and common sense


Finally, remember that lA key to these tips work is the perseverance . Put them into practice regularly and above all, in the face of blockages: take a break. The motivation arises when you feel good about yourself.


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