I’ve just traveled back from Canada and I’m very jet lagged. So I feel tired, drained and low on drive to do anything. I’m also quite demotivated. So much that I’m reconsidering some of my goals. Not a good idea. Here’s why.
1. Lack of sleep means lack of energy and motivation
I’m tired so I’m not that keen to take action. All I want to do is sit down in front of the TV and go to bed really early. I haven’t got much energy. In fact, I feel drained. So it’s really hard to motivate myself to work on my goals after a full day at work.
What I need to realise is that the issue isn’t that I’m not motivated about my goals anymore, the issue is that I just don’t have the energy to do much right now. So rather than thinking of giving up, I need to get my energy back.
2. Obstacles seem bigger when we don’t feel well
My goals are stretching. That’s how I like them. But when I’m not feeling good, challenges seem bigger than they are and the last thing I want to do is achieve a big goal. In fact, right now, going after a big goal feel like climbing a huge mountain. What I would normally jump in to do, seems completely unachievable because I simply do not have the energy and motivation to propel me forward. So it’s not that my goal has suddenly grown in size, it’s just my state of mind that is making it look that way.
3. My focus is not on the right things
No matter how much I try, my focus keeps coming back to ‘I’m tired’. So it’s really hard to be creative and think of better ways to push my goals forward. All I want is to be off work for a few days to rest and get back to normal. It’s like the creativity switch is off and my brain’s entire focus is on keeping my eyes open.
4. I’m making crap decisions
Yesterday, I decided that maybe I should abandon some of my goals because it was simply too much work. I felt sad the rest of the day. At that point, I hadn’t realised just how much my physical state was impacting my decision making process. I now know so I’m going to wait to make these types of decisions until my energy comes back up and I feel myself again.
5. I need to look after myself first
The morale of this story is that unless I look after myself, get some rest and get my energy and drive back, it’s going to be really really hard to motivate myself to go after my big goals. Also, I’m in danger of making bad decisions and jeopardizing months of work. So I should just stop fighting the fact that I’m tired and rest. Because you see, I don’t like being out of action! 🙂
If you read my book, there’s an entire section about the importance of being well physically and mentally to achieve your dreams. But, for some reason, I didn’t realise how much my physical state was impacting me until this morning. So we could also say that being tired meant that I was not as sharp as usual.
If you are feeling demotivated about a goal or a dream, may be worth checking how well you are feeling physically and mentally. Let me know below.