Staying Motivated 

Have you ever felt physically fatigued from the thoughts in your mind? It’s like a never ending highway of ideas which sometimes get bombarded with road blocks called fear. You think things through until you’re too tired to think and then you start thinking again because the thought of not fully reaching your potential scares you more than your thoughts tire you out.

I know it’s not easy to motivate yourself after getting burnt out but we have to. Until we’re able to live the life we’ve always dreamed of… the hustle never stops. Each and everyday is another opportunity to pursue your goals. God gives us a fresh batch of grace every morning. His strength is made perfect in our weakness so we must never try to do it all alone.

One way I try to combat mental weariness is by identifying the problem. I first try to identify what I’m currently feeling and what started making me feel this way. For example, I currently don’t feel like doing anything. So now I have to really sit down and ask myself “why”. Why is figuring out what to write next so taskful. Why do I feel like this is all a waste of time? Why am I not getting excited about what has yet to come?

My next step would be to pray about it. I clear my mind in attempts to better be able to hear God. I then begin to ask God to help me better understand what is going on. I begin to pray about all the things that are on my heart and I pray against the spirit of procrastination and unproductivity. I then remember that with God all things are possible. I realize that I started losing interest when I started feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes the pressures of this world can taint your dream to the point where you don’t even want it anymore, but that’s when we have to remember that we were given this dream for a reason. We did not wake up one day deciding to give one hundred percent to do this or that, especially if we don’t really have to. 

By this time I’m pretty much already motivated. In fact as I write this, the fire that was once going out is re-kindling. I begin to think of all the people who’ve done what I want to do. I begin to think of all the people who currently enjoy their job and who wake up in anticipation of what the day holds.  I begin to clearly and vividly see myself living the life that once appeared to be only a dream. Then God reminds me of how much these people probably had to struggle to get to where they are now. How many doors slammed in their face before they finally walked through the right one. How many unexpected pot holes did they have to get themselves out of just to keep on the road that they were previously on. How many people did they meet that said their dream would only be a dream. 

As you read this remember that the place you’re working at right now started as a dream. The clothes you’re wearing right now started as a dream. The social media that you get on everyday when you have down time started as a dream. So find out what motivates you and keep it in your forefront. Don’t ever let an unproductive day go by because you just weren’t feeling it. Even the rest you get on your most lazy days is being used in God’s overall plan for your life. When life gets you in a rut, maneuver your way out of it. How you do it now, is up to you.