Motivation is your internal desire to incite change. It’s influenced by how much you want to achieve something and what you will gain when you achieve it.
Motivation is the driving force behind everything you do, from getting out of bed each morning to striving for that next big promotion at work. Strong motivation helps you take action and keeps you moving toward your goals, but everyone experiences a lack of motivation from time to time.
If you’re feeling unmotivated, you are able to make a change. The psychologists and therapists at Psychology Beverly Hills work with clients to help them understand — and increase — motivation.
Getting a better handle on your motivation can help you more effectively navigate challenges, develop healthier habits, and ultimately live better. Here are some ways this can be worked on and accomplished.
Set actionable goals
You probably have things in your life that you’d like to change. But big, life-changing goals often feel intimidating, and getting started can feel like the hardest part.
Find the motivation you need by setting specific, actionable goals. Break your goals down into smaller steps, and give yourself a realistic timeline to achieve each step. Small steps make it easier to start making progress, and once you start, you’re more likely to continue.
Regularly review your goals and take time to celebrate your progress. Setting goals in the first place gives you something to focus on, and acknowledging your success helps you feel more motivated to keep achieving.
Surround yourself with supportive people
You don’t have to source all your motivation from within. Surround yourself with positive people, and consider joining a support group to boost external motivation if you find your internal motivation is lacking.
Find mentors who have achieved what you want to achieve. Choose to be around friends and family who understand, support, and help you achieve your goals. Along with positive people, inspirational books and podcasts can also encourage you to keep working toward the goals you’ve set.
Identify (and treat) mental health conditions
Everyone experiences a lack of motivation occasionally, but sometimes, it could indicate a mental health condition like anxiety or depression.
Both anxiety and depression can limit your motivation to complete even the most basic everyday tasks. Left untreated, they can have a serious impact on your performance at work, school, and in personal relationships.
Seeking treatment for anxiety and depression can help you feel better and restore a stronger sense of motivation. At Psychology Beverly Hills, we help you overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns with evidence-based treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mentalization-based therapy (MBT).
Even with steps to increase motivation, it is also important to realize that experiencing setbacks in the process is normal. Be prepared to experience some setbacks and learn how to manage and overcome them. Participating in therapy can also help you develop resilience, so you can recover from those setbacks more quickly, maintain motivation throughout challenges, and keep moving forward.
Schedule a consultation or appointment with our team at Psychology Beverly Hills to see how we can help increase motivation. Call our office at 424-331-1570 or book online now.