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HOW TO DEAL WITH DEMOTIVATION

It comes to haunt us once in a while.

It’s in human nature: we cannot, naturally, stay focused on one thing for longer periods of time. Eventually demotivation gets us. Even if you are extremely passionate about something, time will come when you don’t feel like doing it.

In my experience, I’ve learned a few ways to overcome that. They work most of the time:

THINK OF THE END GOAL

At your down times, think of the end goal. I think in the chase of daily/weekly hard work towards the goal, our actual end goal often gets blurry. We subconsciously think that we will never reach it, and this period of hard work will never end. So remind yourselves of the end goal, try to imagine actually reaching it. It will make you wanna get back to work again.

FORCE YOURSELF TO START

Most of the time, when we are demotivated, if we force ourselves to start, and just take the first step, that feeling goes away. If you like to paint, force yourself to pick up the brush and touch the canvas with it, if you are a web developer, force yourself to just turn on the laptop and open your editor. This applies to anything. I talk about it in-depth in this blog post: https://arslanmaab.com/the-initial-resistance/.

OVERCOME SETBACKS

Probably the biggest reason for demotivation is when we face a setback. If we are stuck somewhere and can’t seem to figure out the solution, our first thought is always to give up, our brain tells us to choose the easy path which is to give up, and it give us a valid excuse so we don’t feel bad:”I can’t do it”, “It’s not possible,” but the truth is: there is a solution for everything. Don’t fall into this trap. Find a solution. “What did I do wrong? How can I fix it?” Once you find it, learn from it, and try not to repeat the same mistake.

REFRAIN FROM DISTRACTING HABITS

Whenever we don’t feel like working, we find ourselves doing useless things. For example: watching useless YouTube videos, playing a video game, having a long conversation on the phone with a friend , or watching endless TV shows on Netflix. These are all nothing but distracting habits, which gives us temporary joy, but actually we waste our precious time doing that. I have discussed this topic in detail here: https://arslanmaab.com/bad-habits/

DON’T GIVE UP

As basic as this phrase is, It is still one of the most important ones. Hard code this into your brain. Doesn’t matter what, keep trying.

You will get there eventually.

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