• Chantal Porter

What To Do When Life Knocks You Down-Motivation

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Why bother, when everything and everyone seems to be going crazy? What if? Is there something wrong with me? Can I do this? These are questions that I've asked myself on multiple different occasions.

Reality Check

As human beings, we go through periods of stress, doubt, fear, sadness, happiness and the list goes on. We are not expected to lead perfect lives! The truth is if it were easy everybody would be doing it! It is not OK to live your life in a box of self-doubt and fear. If you want more for yourself, more for your family, more for your kids you will be tried by life and that's a fact. Surviving the struggles that life will throw at you requires that you stay motivated through every situation.

How to stay motivated

The answer is quite simple. You must have a strong WHY. It is not easy to push yourself when it feels like the world is turning against you. In those moments you will have to look within and remember why you started in the first place.

Types of Motivation

There are two major types of motivation- Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation. Let's take a deeper look into both types.

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic motivation

The clue is in the structure of these words. The prefix 'in' refers to inside or the internal, whereas the prefix 'ex' refers to outside or the external. Intrinsic motivation refers to internal motivation (working towards a goal for personal fulfillment) and Extrinsic motivation refers to external motivation (working towards a goal for reward or profit).

What motivates me?

I believe that my motivation comes from intrinsic sources. I am driven by purpose and overall fulfillment. Extrinsic motivation can fade quickly because it is not as meaningful. Recall a situation in which you accepted a job on the premise of a higher salary. As the high from the new found income faded so did your motivation to put your best foot forward on a daily basis. If the job were accepted from a place of 'I want to learn this and apply it to this area of my life' the end result would have been different.

So, what will you do when life knocks you down? Will you take the path of least resistance, or are you willing to fight for what you want?

Life is a journey! I think I have said this about a million times- Life would probably be boring if we had all the answers. So don't be so hard on yourself. Seek out your core motivation or personal reason for success and use it to guide your actions and decisions. Every now and then you might slip up, but as long as you stay accountable you'll always be able to get back up.

Each day grants us 24 hours and we can use it however we want. If you diligently slave away at another person's dream without any plan or direction, your own dreams will die. Read this line carefully, you are good enough! Decide to set aside the time to work on your vision or dream or goal. If you are not happy with where you are right now, assess your situation, then take action. See, the problem is, a lot of us know what is wrong, we're just too scared to change.

Benjamin Franklin said some people die at age 25, but get buried at age 75. This is a profound statement for two reasons. By age 25 we tend to settle into a job or career that we probably hate. We comfort ourselves with the "it pays the bills" death trap, and our dreams are placed on hold. By age 75 we retire and sit at home until our funeral date is announced. If you're not living in your purpose friends you are dying. Chase your dreams! Be who you are meant to be! Build strong healthy relationships and live in gratitude! Anything worth having requires hard-work, dedication and perseverance.

Life is a journey

Everything that you need to be great is already inside you. Decide to be intrinsically motivated and you will be unstoppable!

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"Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives"- Albert Einstein

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